A landscape architect designs outdoor spaces for residential, commercial and public use. The landscape architect provides consultations to clients to assess their needs and determine how the desired concept could be carried out. The architect makes sure that the plan is appropriate for human use and the environment. They use AutoCAD, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite and/or other related software to design landscapes for the client’s approval; the ability to read and create blueprints is also important, and sometimes hand sketches must be created. Often, the client has a specific budget and the landscape architect must work to use high-quality materials that still fit within this budget. In some cases, the landscape architect must participate in the bidding process for particular jobs.
A bachelor's or master's degree in landscape architecture is typically the minimum educational requirement for landscape architect positions. Leadership and teamwork skills are important, as they often work with other architects and individuals who provide labor. Customer service skills are also essential in this role. Landscape architects perform some work in an office environment, but they also perform outdoor tasks such as surveying land and monitoring progress.
Landscape Architect Tasks
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.
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.