Senior landscape architect generally serves as the lead for a team of architects working on civil engineering projects, large-scale landscaping design projects, and/or construction projects. In many cases, the senior architect is the head of an architectural firm or (in the event of large firms) they have earned the senior architect position after substantial demonstrated experience. Senior landscape architects are responsible for overseeing the members of their team, assigning duties, verifying designs, and ensuring necessary work is completed in a timely manner. They also must report progress to supervisors and/or clients. While most of the senior landscape architect's work is done in an office setting– which may be in their firm’s home location or at a client’s location – there will be times they work on projects’ work sites.
Senior landscape architects must demonstrate a mastery of landscape architectural processes and concepts, including a talent for translating blueprints into completed designs. Strong management and interpersonal skills are a must, as the senior landscape architect oversees other members of a design team or firm, Relevant education is a must; most positions require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in landscape design or a related field, although an advanced degree may be required or preferred. Advanced computer aided design (CAD) skills are also needed.
Sr. Landscape Architect Tasks
Lead teams through the entire design process, including proposals, construction, and final delivery.
Translate designs into actual implementation.
Manage schedule, research, and budgets to produce on-budget, on-time projects.