Landscape Architect

Summary

Landscape architects plan and design land areas for projects such as parks, schools, hospitals, roads, malls, plazas, sports complexes, holiday resorts, hotel complexes, shopping centres, airports, housing subdivisions, national parks, playgrounds and commercial, industrial and residential sites.

Duties & Tasks

Landscape architects may perform the following tasks:

  • study and discuss designs, costs and construction of projects with clients
  • talk to architects, engineers and other professionals, and gather information on factors such as historical and natural conservation requirements, soil structure, drainage, rock features, existing and proposed buildings, and sun and shade movements
  • draw up site plans outlining site development, discuss plans with clients and seek approval
  • prepare specifications, arrange cost estimates, list building materials required and detail working drawings of the site, showing features such as location of buildings, roads and walkways; land contours and drainage systems; soil conservation measures; and the vegetation to be planted, retained or removed
  • investigate the heritage of sites and make plans for the management of open space areas
  • use computer and video simulation packages to develop broadscale landscape plans
  • supervise site work
  • advise on landscape problems concerned with environmental planning.

Working Conditions

Landscape architects may work independently or with other professionals such as architects, engineers and town planners.

Personal Requirements

  • analytical and planning ability
  • aptitude for design
  • creative flair
  • good communication skills
  • enjoy the natural environment
  • able to work independently or as part of a team.

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