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Landscape Architect

Landscape architects create places for people to live, work and play and places for plants and animals to thrive. They also speak up and care for our outdoor spaces.

They study, plan, design and manage spaces to make them both sustainable and nice to look at. These professionals do an important job, working hard to tackle climate change and bring new life to towns and cities across the world. 

Their career is devoted to providing clever and attractive landscapes for people to enjoy – making sure that changes to the natural environment are appropriate, sensitive and sustainable. 

The work covers a very wide range of projects in both built-up areas and the countryside.

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What The Job Involves

What are the key responsibilities for this position?

Sometimes landscape architects are called in to give expert evidence to public enquiries or other hearings on big or controversial projects.

Landscape architects are based in an office but also work on site. They often work in private practice. Companies can be small and may specialise in certain types of landscape.  


Key Responsibilities

Design the layout of parks, gardens, housing estates or city centres
Improving land affected by mining or motorway building
Meeting with clients to discuss what they want and present ideas to them
Producing designs (including computer-aided ones)
Managing or regenerating different kinds of outdoor spaces in the UK or overseas
Surveying sites to identify the plant and animal life there and get the views of local residents, businesses and other people who use the site
Co-ordinating project plans with other professionals such as architects, civil engineers and town planners
Writing reports
Carrying out environmental impact assessments
Monitoring progress to make sure a landscape is taking shape properly
Drawing up contracts
Overseeing the tendering process for contractors
Doing landscape and visual impact assessments

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Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree (usually four years) accredited by the Landscape Institute which includes subjects like: Landscape Architecture, Garden Design. Landscape Design and Ecology, Landscape Planning etc
You need at least two or three A-levels or equivalent such as Scottish Highers, or the Welsh Advanced Baccalaureate to win a place on a degree course
If you already have a degree in a related subject (such as architecture, horticulture or botany) you can take a graduate conversion course

What key skills and personal attributes help with this role?

Skills & Attributes

Good communication and organisational skills
Excellent creative design skills
Passionate about the environment and nature
Ability to follow technical drawing and plans
Logical thinking and problem solving skills
Ability to work well with others or alone

How much can you expect to earn and what are the career progression options?

The following figures are intended as a guideline only.

Salary & Progression

Junior Landscape architects: £20,000 - £28,000
Experienced Landscape architects: £28,000 - £40,000
Senior or chartered Landscape architects: £40,000 +
Case Study

Sanaa Shaikh


Sanaa is an Architect at MAKE Architects in London. 

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

Some days I might be on site with builders inspecting their work, making physical or computer models, or being involved in workshops with other consultants. 

What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?

Be curious! Ensure you do as much as you can to further your knowledge. Make sure you have work experience and ask lots of questions!

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