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Landscape architect

Landscape architects plan, design, create and manage the landscapes we live and work in.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £20,000 to £45,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 per week

1. 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. 

The Landscape Institute also has more information on work experience and becoming a landscape architect.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • a creative and practical approach
  • design and drawing skills
  • observational skills and an eye for detail
  • IT skills including computer-aided design (CAD)
  • negotiation and leadership skills

3. What you'll 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.

4. Salary

Starter: £20,000

Experienced: £30,000

Highly Experienced: £45,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns 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.

6. Career path and 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.

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Last updated: 16 December 2016