How to become a landscape architect

Bring harmony and function to the outdoors of cities, residential areas, and other spaces.

Pathways to this career

  1. Complete tertiary qualifications accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). This may be a bachelor degree followed by a masters or a dedicated undergraduate degree in landscape architecture.
  2. Are you an experienced landscaper? Advance your career progression with a master's qualification.
  3. Join recognised institutions such as AILA to stay up to date with industry news, meet like-minded people and expand your knowledge in the field.

What does a landscape architect do?

Landscape architects plan and oversee the creation and reinvigoration of outdoor areas including parks, urban plazas, and monuments. They combine creativity with technical know-how around materials, plants, soils, and ecological factors.

Duties and tasks

  • Create designs and material options indicating current vegetation, structures and properties of proposed area location.
  • Review companies to implement design, then oversee their progress and make sure they meet specifications.
  • Offer budget and time estimates for design, materials and labour.
  • Recommend design options, maintenance and improvements on landscaped areas.
  • Research geographical and ecological features of soil, runoff, and vegetation to determine appropriate land use.
  • Work with clients and landscape professionals to meet size requirements, budget and aesthetics.

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