Landscape architect

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What's it like?

You would design and create spaces for plants and wildlife to make towns and cities healthier and more attractive places to live.

You might work on public parks, green spaces in cities, housing developments or wildlife conservation areas. You’d be protecting the environment and supporting people’s health and wellbeing.

You’d use your creative skills, and your technical and scientific knowledge to plan and design the site. You’d organise the work to create the landscape.

You would:

  • Meet with clients to discuss their needs
  • Visit and survey the site to look at existing plant and animal life, and natural resources
  • Get the views of local residents, businesses and other people who use the site
  • Use computer-aided design (CAD) packages to draw up ideas for clients
  • Present your design ideas to clients
  • Draw up contracts and manage the tendering process for contractors
  • Write reports and do environmental impact assessments
  • Give evidence to public enquiries
  • Monitor the progress of projects

There are five areas you could work in as a landscape architect:

  • Landscape design
  • Landscape management
  • Landscape science
  • Landscape planning
  • Urban design

You might work across one or two of these areas or you may specialise in just one of them.

You will work closely with landscape contractors and other professionals such as architects, town planners, surveyors, civil engineers and environmental campaigners.

Working conditions

Hours

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

Environment

You will usually be based in an office. When you are working on-site you will need to wear personal protective clothing such as a safety helmet.

Travel

You will also need to travel to inspect sites and meet clients.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Working as part of a team
  • Persuading people
  • Taking the lead
  • Communicating ideas through writing
  • Using computers
  • Designing
  • Being creative
  • Paying attention to detail

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

You would need a degree (SCQF level 9/10) or postgraduate qualification (SCQF level 11) recognised by the Landscape institute.

To entry a BA Hons (SCQF level 10) Landscape Architecture you will need National 5 qualifications and four Highers (SCQF level 6) at BBBB to AABB.

Entry into a postgraduate course (MLA) will require a first or second class honours degree (SCQF level 10) in a relevant subject such as geography, planning or ecology.

Edinburgh University offers the only degree course in Scotland.

Useful subjects

  • English (required by most courses)
  • Maths (required by most courses)
  • Business management
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Science subjects
  • Technologies subjects

You will also need

Once in a job you will undertake a period of mentored training while working towards the Pathway to Chartership (P2C). 

Helpful to have

Qualifications and experience that demonstrates design and planning abilities and familiarity with computer-aided design packages will be of value.