Landscape architects create places for people to live, work and play and places for plants and animals to thrive.
The Role
  • 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
  • Making sure that changes to the natural environment are appropriate, sensitive and sustainable
  • Giving expert evidence to public enquiries or other hearings on big or controversial projects
  • Often based in private practice but generally work both in an office and on site
  • Newly trained Landscape Architects can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
  • Trained with experience Landscape Architects can earn in the region of £30,000 - £40,000
  • Senior or Chartered Landscape Architects can earn in excess of £40,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility, and salaries and career options can improve with chartered status.
Qualifications & Training
You can complete an undergraduate degree (usually four years) accredited by the Landscape Institute. Accredited subjects include:
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Garden Design
  • Landscape Design and Ecology
  • Landscape Planning
  • Landscape Management
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Landscape Architecture and Architecture
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. Subjects such as Geography, Graphic Design, Art, Environmental Science, Biology and Botany are particularly useful. If you already have a degree in a related subject (such as architecture, horticulture or botany) you can take a graduate conversion course. First you complete an undergraduate or postgraduate entry course accredited by the Landscape Institute. You can gain chartership with the help of the Pathway to Chartership. Once fully qualified, chartered landscape architects must complete at least 20 hours continuing professional development (CPD) a year to keep up to date with current thinking and professional practice.