Question:

How to be a landscape architect?

4 August, 2021 Frank Center 5

Answers (5):

  • AUTHOR: JOE DREWS
    10 August, 2021

    There are many components to landscape design. Probably the first thing to consider is why you want to study landscape architecture, what do you hope to contribute in this field, and where you might fit in the scope of things. What aspects or skills does your background or training give you an edge with tackling? If understanding plants and plantings isn't a strength for example, but commonsense construction details are, it makes sense that construction archaeology would be more your niche than green landscaping. The world needs writers on botanical subjects of course! But there's also space for writers who can communicate complicated design concepts simply enough so as not to confuse or alienate their audience.

  • AUTHOR: FRANK HASLETT
    10 August, 2021

    There are two types of landscape architecture degrees. The first is a bachelor's degree and the second is a Master's degree, which can last up to 2 or 3 years. A student with an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture might be a designer, project manager or an environmental consultant.
    The most common type of graduate program for students wanting to go into landscape architecture is one which lasts from 1-2 years and prepares them as primary practitioners of the profession. In general an undergraduate degree that gives you broad knowledge about landscaping, housing patterns, site planning among other things will suffice while concentrating on design specialization at the graduate level after your college education. There should also be some basic learning related to estimating budgets and construction costs.

  • AUTHOR: CARL MCNAUGHT
    10 August, 2021

    Yes, at some point you'll need to have an architectural degree. But before that you'll need a four year bachelor's degree in either architecture, city planning or landscape/ environmental design. You can also take courses through The American Society of Landscape Architects if your school doesn't offer anything relevant for example with regional issues and site analysis. There are several different types of design jobs and all vary in job responsibilities such as:
    1) Entry level positions which may be conducting research on plants and materials for new projects; 2) Graphic designer, which would require skill with computer graphics software packages or experience creating general artwork-better now than 10 years ago; 3) Districts architect who coordinates the development plans for a municipality.

  • AUTHOR: STEPHANIA GEDDES
    10 August, 2021

    Landscape design and architecture is an industry that often includes heavy influence from other professions such as interior design or structural architecture due to how interconnected different aspects of the built environment are in practice. Landscape architects typically have 2-5 years of schooling followed by two years on the job with a company before they can be accredited in most states. This means it typically takes 4-7 total years for someone to become fully licensed.

  • AUTHOR: MARK HOWE
    10 August, 2021

    First, you need to know the basics when it comes to drawing and art. Many designers find that sketching helps them refine their ideas simply by getting their thoughts out on paper - whether they're going over a rough concept, or seeing how a tree might look in proximity to a house. The National Association of Landscape Designers (NALDO) and the American Society of Landscapers both offer educational programs in landscape architecture with less than one year of full-time work experience. These programs can prepare students for entry onto an NCIDQ exam - which is needed to qualify as qualified candidates for most jobs in the US. Students who don't take these programs instead have no degree or certificate.