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Landscape Architecture

The Breakdown

Do you love to be outdoors? Are you always noticing the layout of the shrubbery in your neighborhood? Do you fantasize about designing an alluring garden maze? Are you concerned with environmental preservation? If you leapt out of your seat crying, “Yes!” then chances are you’ll take a shining to landscape architecture.

If you decide to go the landscape architecture route, you’ll discover how to create outdoor spaces that are livable, aesthetically pleasing and ecologically friendly. Through a combination of coursework in botany, ecology, design and architecture, you’ll learn about land use, urban planning and site design. You will study how to identify problems with properties and how to develop viable solutions. Moreover, you will come to understand the interplay between cultural and natural elements, basic need/functionality and artistry. Your requirements will include traditional classroom studies, studio and lab work. Lastly, it should be noted that most landscape architecture programs are completed in five years.

As a landscape architecture student, you’ll need to be part scientist and part conceptual artist. Indeed, the discipline calls for creative (and visual) thinkers with strong analytical and problem-solving skills. The pursuit is often times collaborative and the industry client based. Therefore, it’s important to be a people person who can rely on social savvy. Finally, we recommend investing in some heavy duty sunscreen.

Nuts and Bolts

Landscape architecture students master design and horticulture through classes such as: Land Analysis and Site Planning, Social and Cultural Landscapes, Landform Function & Aesthetics, Environment and Natural Systems, Environmental Design Research, Ecology and Environmental Problems, Landscape Architecture Drawing and Drafting, Urban Soil, Planting Design, Landscape Architecture Portfolio Preparation, and Landscape Architecture Construction and Development.

Decisions, Decisions

For landscape architects, nothing beats the trifecta of art, design and the natural sciences. Therefore, they would also likely enjoy studying architecture, interior design, golf course management, geology, botany, biology, art history, ecology, horticulture, environmental science, urban planning, forestry, landscaping and studio art.

What's Next

Landscape architects are fortunate because they can work in a variety of settings, from airports and golf courses to wetlands and city parks. Certainly, you can find landscape architects working for the National Parks Department, county/regional/urban planning commissions, real estate and architecture firms, garden centers and nurseries, and residential developers. Job titles can include cartographer, urban planner, historic preservation specialist, site planner, contractor, campus designer and, of course, landscape architect.

Licensure is required in order to become a full-fledged landscape architect. Those aspiring to join the field must pass the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination (LARE). In order to sit for said exam, one must have a degree from an accredited institution in addition to one to four years of work experience under a licensed landscape architect. Requirements do vary by state.

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