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Landscape architects create great places. They work with the built and natural environment to create wildlife habitats, innovative spaces, install sustainable infrastructure and improve environmental quality, health and wellbeing, and create thriving communities.
Landscape professionals can deal with a wide range of landscapes, from urban to rural spaces, infrastructure, mountain tops to beaches. Because of this, the profession relies on individuals to draw on knowledge of design, technical skills, management, ecology, problem solving and innovation across multiple projects and tasks.
“Landscape architecture is rooted in an understanding of how the environment works and what makes each place unique. It is a blend of science and art, vision and thought.”
Find out about the work of landscape professionals in this five-minute film:
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Every day is different as a landscape professional, with office work, site work, overseas and local projects, all facing different challenges requiring new and innovative solutions. Some key job satisfactions listed by landscape professionals include:
- Making the world more liveable: Create functional and fun cities and spaces through innovative planning and design, renewable energy work and sustainable infrastructure
- Protecting the environment: Work on projects with solutions for climate change, land management, wildlife preservation and urban regeneration
- Lots of practical work: There are heavy practical elements of both courses and professional jobs
- Variety: Every day and every job blends a variety of knowledge, people, tasks, roles, projects
- A focus on creativity and design: These two elements underpin many jobs and courses. Professionals look for new solutions, designs, innovations, improvements
Every landscape professional leaves a legacy. Projects come to life before your eyes, as you can see your wildlife habitat, shared space, green wall, sustainable drainage system, or biodome be built and work. Landscape managers see people enjoy their spaces under new protection schemes, and ecosystems thrive. Landscape professionals see their projects blend with nature, as over time, wildlife systems flourish, communities grow, and places become parts of people’s lives.
Landscape architects look at the bigger picture. They are needed to tackle the challenges of the future, from food security, climate change, healthy living, and sustainable infrastructure, to landscape regeneration and preservation. Landscape architects work as the link between the environment, wildlife, the population and the built environment. They safeguard the environment, the population, and the future.