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The Big Picture

The world is facing growing challenges of explosive population growth, placing pressure on food systems, sustainability, transport, infrastructure and housing, while climate change affects water systems, plant and animal life.

Landscape architects are uniquely placed to meet these challenges head on.

They work with the natural environment and not against it, balancing natural and man-made systems and processes. They green our towns and cities, using natural systems to capture carbon emissions, create and enhance beautiful public spaces and parks. They conserve wildlife habitats, support the development of renewable energy projects, and help reduce flood risk to homes and businesses across the country.

A career in landscape architecture gives you the chance to work across housing, health, green infrastructure and water management and to create more liveable cities. Explore each of these areas to see what types of challenges landscape architects face:

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Take a look at the future of landscape architecture through the Landscape Futures series of talks, discussing interdisciplinary skills landscape professionals need, the importance of language, the need for strategic planning for housing, energy and transport infrastructure, and multi-functional approaches to enhance, conserve and protect the countryside.

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Top image: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park © John Hyland. Read more about the scheme in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park case study, in Tasks and Projects.