Analyze the natural elements of a site. Consider how the site will be used. Assess existing buildings, roads, water features, and utilities. Evaluate the projects impact on the natural environment and local wildlife.
Take into account laws and regulations that may affect the site. Produce detailed site plans. Develop a planting plan of trees, flowers, shrubs, and other plants and where they will go. Often work closely with architects, engineers, and scientists.
As a landscape architect, the ability to work with spaces and to find a solution to a problem or challenge, while at the same time creating something aesthetically pleasing, is really inspirational. I love the landscape and Im looking forward to a long career as a landscape architect. Eddie George, Associate ASLA Professional Football Player and Firm Principal, The Edge Group
Obtain a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) or a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA). You can also obtain a graduate degree, if you like. Become licensed, if applicable in your state.
Most work for private landscape architecture, engineering, architecture, or planning firms. Many are self-employed with their own firms. Institutions or private corporations, such as colleges or retail chains, often employ their own landscape architects. Some work for federal, state, or local government agencies or teach at colleges and universities across the country.
Salaries vary depending on years of experience, location, and type of position. In 2008, the national average compensation (salary + benefits) for all landscape architects was $85,100.
There are about 30,000 landscape architects in the United States and many more are needed its a profession thats in demand!
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The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 18,200 members. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. Learn more at www.asla.org.