How to Become Landscape Architect (Detailed Review)

How to Become Landscape Architect (Detailed Review)

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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What Is a Landscape Architect?

Landscape Architecture is one of those phrases that became widespread in the United States following the creation of the Central Park in New York City in 1863 by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.

The Work of a Landscape Architect

Today it is possible to observe the appropriate and attractive purpose and outlooks for parks, territories with nature, gardens, public plazas of cities and streets, neighborhoods, and communities, all designed by a team of landscape architects.

Different designs by architects

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Apart from planning of wetland and other protected regions in the landscape, they actively contribute in historical reconstruction in the improvement of environment.

It involves science and art, aim and reason, to understand the given local context – the mechanism of natural landscapes, and to decide how man-shaping impacting the natural world happens and will progress in the ever denser entwinement of man-made and natural surroundings.

Landscape Architecture Process

An architect drawing a design model

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Objectives of Landscape Architects

They may also produce ‘green- roofs’ or the vegetative roofs like a garden, which can cool the high temperatures thus reducing energy use by buildings, controlling the flow of rain water, eliminating airborne pollutants, and provide artistic visions.

How to Become a Landscape Architect

These are the steps to take if you want to become a landscape architect:

1. Consider the Career Responsibilities and Training of Landscape Architects

2. Complete the Undergraduate Degree Program

Students in a landscape architectural class

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3. Engage in an Internship

4. Obtain a Professional License

Though there is variation in requirements from one state to another, to sit for the test one must be holding a degree from an accredited university in addition to accruing some work experience as an intern to a licensed landscape architect.

5. Advance Your Career

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6. Join a Trade Association

These firms are:

a) The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

b) The Council of Landscape Architecture Educators

How much Does a Landscape Architect Make on Average?

Essential Qualities of Landscape Architects

A professional landscape architect should possess skills, and relevant knowledge to come up with unique design ideas and they are supposed to be;

a) Analytical Skills

b) Communication Skills

c) Originality

d) Ability to Resolve Problems

e) Technical Knowledge

f) Imagination techniques

Frequently Asked Questions

a) How many hours a day do landscape architects work?

b) Where do landscape architects work?

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Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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