Landscape Architect

Job Description:

Landscape architects plan, design and manage the landscapes we live and work in.

Job Category:
Environmental Industry

What you will do:

You’ll usually specialise in an area like:

  • landscape design
  • landscape management
  • landscape science
  • landscape planning
  • urban design

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • meeting with clients to discuss their needs
  • surveying sites to look at existing plant and animal life, and natural resources
  • getting the views of local residents, businesses and other people who use the site
  • using CAD packages to draw up ideas for clients to choose from
  • presenting your design ideas to clients
  • drawing up contracts and managing the tendering process for contractors
  • writing reports and environmental impact assessments
  • giving evidence to public enquiries
  • monitoring the progress of projects

You’ll work closely with landscape contractors and other professionals like architects, town planners, surveyors, civil engineers and environmental campaigners (teamwork skills).


You’ll need:

  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • knowledge of English language
  • maths knowledge
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative (drive)
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things (creativity)
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Landscape Architect, you’ll need a strong educational foundation in various subjects that are relevant to the field. Landscape Architects are responsible for designing outdoor spaces, parks, gardens, and other landscapes, often combining elements of design, ecology, and sustainability. Here’s a list of subjects and skills that can be beneficial for pursuing a career in landscape architecture:

  1. Mathematics: Mathematics is essential, as it involves calculations related to design, measurements, and budgeting.
  2. Science: Courses in biology, environmental science, or geology can provide valuable insights into natural systems, ecosystems, and environmental processes.
  3. Design and Technology: These courses can help you develop your design skills and gain familiarity with design software and tools.
  4. Art and Design: Courses in art or design can nurture your creativity and help you develop visual and artistic skills, which are essential for landscape design.
  5. Geography: Geography courses can provide knowledge about landforms, climate, and environmental factors that influence landscape design.
  6. English Language: Strong written and oral communication skills are crucial for presenting design ideas and working with clients.
  7. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using computers and design software is essential for creating digital design plans and presentations.

Post School

You’ll need a degree that’s accredited by the Landscape Institute (LI) in a subject like:

  • landscape architecture
  • garden design
  • landscape design and technology
  • landscape planning
  • environmental conservation

If you already have a degree in a related subject like architecture, horticulture or botany, you may be able to take an LI accredited postgraduate course.


Working Hours and Environment:

You’ll usually work a 37-hour, 5-day week, but you may sometimes have to work extra hours to meet project deadlines.

You’ll usually be based in an office, but you’ll also need to travel to inspect sites and meet clients.

You’ll need to wear protective clothing like a safety helmet when on-site.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could move on to a supervisory or management position, become a partner in a private practice, or set up your own practice.

You could also take a teaching qualification and become a lecturer in landscape architecture at a university.