Landscape architects operate in much the same was as traditional architects. They are responsible for both the functional and aesthetic layout of a design. The principal difference is in the medium in which they work. Landscape architects use living canvases, such as grasses, flowers and trees, as well as traditional construction materials such as concrete to enhance and beautify outdoor spaces. Landscape architects design and plan out green spaces for a number of different clients. They can work on large-scale projects such as public use spaces like parks and recreational areas, as well as major commercial and industrial sites. In these instances, landscape architects often work closely with local government commissions and traditional architects when planning out the ideal landscape to enhance and complement the buildings they accompany. Landscape architects also work on smaller projects, such as private homes. In these instances, they will work closely with the homeowner to create a living landscape that suits the individual's personal taste.
Landscape architects are required to be registered in the state in which they practice. These registration requirements vary by location, but most require a degree as well as an exam for licensing. As the economy and housing market rebounds, the outlook for landscape architects is very promising. The market for these services is closely tied to the construction industry, as new construction requires the services of landscape architects to complement the aesthetics of the buildings being planned.
Landscape Architect Tasks
- Coordinate with engineers, urban planners, and other specialists to meet all project goals.
- Design site plans, specifications and estimates for solutions, including working with or removing existing land features.
- Consult with clients to determine needs, scope, vision, and budget for physical landscape.
- Balance needs for safety, beauty, cost, and utility in final execution of plans.