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.
Landscape architects may work independently or with other professionals such as architects, engineers and town planners.
analytical and planning ability
aptitude for design
good communication skills
enjoy the natural environment
able to work independently or as part of a team.