A landscape designer is responsible for creating feasible, aesthetically pleasing landscapes for clients. At the beginning of the landscape project cycle, the landscape designer works with a team to prepare a winning bid for a contract. They do this by gathering data about the project site and the materials which will be necessary to create a landscape in accordance with the requirements the client has set. Armed with this information, the landscape designer creates a visual representation of the final product; they often use AutoCAD and other software packages to create a digital model, although physical models built with craft materials may also be used. After creating the model, specifications, and cost estimate, the bid is submitted to the client. If the bid is accepted, landscape construction begins.
At this point, the landscape designer works to ensure that all appropriate project documentation is created, filed, and updated. The landscape designer works to obtain permits and any other jurisdictional approvals. Further, the landscape designer assists with the actual construction of the landscape. They also monitor the project to ensure that the landscape is finished in time and to correct or compensate for any variations from the approved project plan. Finally, the landscape designer performs any necessary inspections and tours the grounds with the client upon completion.
Landscape designers usually hold a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture and are well versed in the use of design software packages. Landscape designers must be creative individuals with a strong attention to detail, and they should have strong communication skills to work with clients and their team.
Landscape Designer Tasks
- Ensure that all landscaping plans are designed with local and federal environmental regulations in mind.
- Prepare site plans and survey landscaping work to ensure that projects can be completed on time and under budget.
- Work with clients, engineers, and colleagues to design and plan landscaping projects.
- Prepare drawings, blueprints, sketches, and other visual representations that can be used for planning and city approval processes.