become a landscape architect

What does a Landscape Architect do?

A landscape architect designs landscapes for businesses, parks, private homes, or even a college campus. They may plan and design the land area of an airport, hospital, highway or any recreational facility. A landscape architect would write proposals and develop marketing strategies to continually secure new business.

Watch a video to learn what a landscape architect does.

How to Become a Landscape Architect

Many employers want a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from an accredited school as well as an internship experience before offering an applicant a career as a landscape architect. You would need to take a landscape architect registration exam as well. Most states require a license, but each state varies in its requirements.

Job Description of a Landscape Architect

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A landscape architect draws up cost estimates, make models, and meet with clients before applying the approved design at the job site. A lot of thought and planning goes into a landscape design. They analyze environmental reports, drainage, and location of the area. They would also be sure inspections were done to remain in compliance with any laws or specifications. A landscape architect evaluates the quality of the materials needed for the design and manages any work done that involves subcontractors. They are educated in the techniques used to make models, blueprints, and technical plans.

A landscape architect is educated in public safety and security, government regulations, and legal codes. A successful landscape architect is creative in the design and pays attention to details. They must present documentation, drawings, and cost estimates to explain the total concept of a project to clients.

Landscape Architect Career Video Transcript

With large populations and heavy commuter traffic in American cities, it’s more important than ever to keep our metropolises from turning into concrete jungles. Landscape architects create the parks and open spaces that keep our built environment vibrant and green. Whether designing a corporate campus, a small town playground, a national monument, or college campus, landscape architects design outdoor spaces so that they are not only easy to use, but also harmonize with the natural environment.

Keeping their client’s priorities first, landscape architects also need to consider the community and the climate. Landscape architects are the center of a team turning client’s requests into design proposals and leading workers who put the design in the ground. While most work full time, they split their days between the office, meetings with clients, and trips to suppliers and job sites. Landscape architects need problem-solving and analytical skills to lead sometimes complex projects.

Extensive knowledge of materials and how they behave in different circumstances is essential, along with drafting and design skills, including design software. A bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture is needed to enter the field and almost all states require licensure. Landscape architects play a big role in keeping our environment attractive and livable.

Article Citations

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Landscape Architects.

National Center for O*NET Development. 17-1012.00. O*NET OnLine.

The career video is in the public domain from the U. S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.