Becoming a Landscape Architect

Landscape Architecture is focused on creating a better future. It is a profession of tomorrow.

To begin your journey, you will need to complete a Landscape Institute accredited university course. But before you apply why not take some time to find out about careers in landscape architecture to see what it involves.

Professionals often work across five main areas; Landscape Design, Landscape Management, Landscape Science, Landscape Planning and Urban Design. Some landscape architects have a more scientific background and specialise in working with plants, trees, water, or soil. Some are ecologists or specialise in wildlife and their habitats, such as birds, bats insects or mammals. Others work with urban landscapes, making sure that planning and design is undertaken in a thoughtful way that ties together public space, people and the environment. Whatever your personal interest, there is plenty of information on this website to help you decide which is the best course for you – and if you have any questions you can email them to careers@landscapeinstitute.org

You can check out what it’s like to work across these five main areas of landscape architecture in our ‘Day in the Life’ profiles of working landscape architects, giving you an account of their ‘normal’ day – their careers, and why they love what they do.

Due to the wide breadth of the profession there are no absolutely essential subjects for gaining entry to a course but any mixture of the following can prove useful:

Art, Geography, Biology, Graphic Design, English, Chemistry, Physics, Design, Technology, ICT and History.

Most of all, universities will want you to show that you are an enthusiastic, practical person who is passionate about the environment and society – and how they interact with one another.

You can find the current list of Landscape Institute-accredited courses in the courses section of the website.

Top image: © Harrison Phair/Landscape Institute