CAREERS: Landscape Architects
Updated: Jul 8, 2019
Landscape architects typically do the following:
· Meet with clients, engineers, and building architects to understand the requirements of a
· Prepare site plans, specifications, and cost estimates
· Coordinate the arrangement of existing and proposed land features and structures
· Prepare graphic representations of plans using computer-aided design and drafting
· Select appropriate landscaping materials
· Analyze environmental reports on land conditions, such as drainage and energy usage
· Inspect landscape project progress to ensure that it adheres to plans
· Seek new work through marketing activities or by giving presentations
Landscape architects design attractive and functional public parks, gardens, playgrounds, residential areas, college campuses, and public spaces. They also plan the locations of buildings, roads, walkways, flowers, shrubs, and trees within these environments. Landscape architects design these areas so that they are not only easy to use but also harmonious with the natural environment.
Landscape architects use various technologies in their work. For example, using CADD software, landscape architects prepare models of their proposed work. They present these models to clients for feedback and then prepare the final look of the project. Many landscape architects also use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) which offer GPS coordinates of different geographical features. This helps landscape architects design different environments by providing clues on where to start planning and how to anticipate future effects of the landscape, such as rainfall running into a valley.
The goals of landscape architects are to enhance the natural beauty of a space and foster environmental benefits. Landscape architects may plan the restoration of natural places that were changed by humans or nature, such as wetlands, streams, and mined areas. They also may design green roofs (roofs that are covered in soil and plants) or rooftop gardens that can retain storm water, absorb air pollution, and cool buildings while also providing pleasant scenery.