Landscape Architect

Landscape Architects design, plan and manage landscape areas in cities, parks, residential areas, gardens and other recreational areas. They must have knowledge of spatial areas and uses as well as a variety of plant life, soil, and ecological factors.

Duties and tasks

  • Create design blueprints, drawings and material options for clients to review, indicating current vegetation, structures and properties of proposed area location
  • Hire or recommend labourer's or contract companies to implement design; oversee progress of work to ensure it meets design objectives and specifications
  • Offer estimated budget for design, materials and labour work needed for project as well as estimated construction time
  • Recommend design options, maintenance and improvements on landscaped areas
  • Research and analyse data regarding geographical and ecological features of land, soil, vegetation and rainfall of area to determine appropriate land use and recommendations
  • Research spatial layouts, plant variations and emerging prices and trends for landscape architecture
  • Work with clients to design landscape of area that meets size requirements, budget and aesthetic desires appropriate for area or intended use

Skills required

  • Analytical Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Problem Solving Abilities
  • Strong Visual and Oral Communication
  • Visual and Spatial Creativity

Working conditions

Landscape Architects typically work a Monday to Friday work week but may be required to work evenings or weekends to meet deadlines, work with clients or oversee landscape progress. They may work in an office setting, workshop, or in the field surveying land areas and projects.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian institute of landscape architects 

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