Question:

Can you be a landscape architect without a degree?

4 August, 2021 Terry Schewe 6

Answers (6):

  • AUTHOR: JEFFREY GRUMBLES
    9 August, 2021

    In the U.S., a landscape architect is a licensed professional that must meet specific education, examination and experience requirements in order to be eligible for licensure. At this point in time there are only twenty-nine states that mandate licensure of landscape architects.
    In the event you do not reside within one of these 29 states, it is recommended that you pursue either an associate's or bachelor's degree in landscape architecture before sitting for the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Board’s Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE).

  • AUTHOR: JUSTIN MONGOLD
    9 August, 2021

    Landscape Architect is the title given to someone who has specialized training in the design and installation of natural or man-made outdoor areas. If you are pursuing a career journey within this field, it is typically required that you become certified by an established professional organization such as the American Society of Landscape Architects.
    The National Association of Landscape Professionals offers a number of certifications for landscape professionals including Business Owner, Maintenance Specialist, Site Designer & Developer, Irrigator, Arborist and Turf Manager which allow professionals to increase their standing in their respective fields through meetings with other industry professionals and from increased knowledge on state-of-the-art practices.

  • AUTHOR: WILLIE SCHILDGEN
    9 August, 2021

    Yes. Landscape architecture is a vocational field that can be practiced without an academic degree, but it will be much more difficult to find a professional level job without one.
    The minimum requirements in most states are only academic and include a high school diploma or GED, at least 24 hours of college credit in an architecture curriculum recognized by the Council for Accreditation of Colleges and Schools/National Architectural Accrediting Board (CAC/NAAB), pass all portions of the Fundamentals of Surveying exam administered by The American Institute of Certified Professional Inspectors (AICPI) and pass the fundamentals portion of Qualified Appraiser Program (QAP) Appraisers Certification Examination.

  • AUTHOR: ANTHONY BYRON
    9 August, 2021

    You don't need a degree to be a landscape architect, but it does make things easier. One of the benefits of education is that professionals who have degrees are more likely to be awarded projects in the competitive landscape architecture industry. A degree typically costs $30k or more per year, not including loans for books and living expenses. If you want get into this field without going through all those student loan debts, then you'll have to work your way up from an intern position with very low pay and long hours.

  • AUTHOR: EUGENE PECORA
    9 August, 2021

    Sure, I am an architect and have plenty of experience in that field.
    There are many ways to learn how to be a landscape architect. For some it is done through apprenticeships or drawing up plans with other architects. Personally, I wholly own my own landscaping business in addition to my architecture work which I learned about myself simply by talking with clients who needed landscaping and discussing what they wanted with them (I also usually sketch out layouts of their homes). It might take you a few months longer than someone who completed the educational process, but I'm pretty sure the diploma has never had much worth-value considering all the money people put into acquiring them over recent years..

  • AUTHOR: JEREMY CENTER
    9 August, 2021

    Yes, you can be a landscape architect without a degree, but in order to call yourself one there are certain requirements. A landscape architect needs to work with a licensed professional and complete at least four years of education (two years full-time) as an undergraduate.
    The field of landscape architecture is not regulated by any state; each employer deciding what benchmarks their team members must meet for success.
    A career in landscape architecture also entails being aware that the profession does not allow for advancement or change into another area of the profession once hired into this position, because it requires dedication and commitment which epitomizes professionalism.