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:

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.