Landscape Architect

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Landscape architects design, create and sustain habitats for humans and other living things in ways that conserve and celebrate ecological relationships, cultural values and symbolic associations. Landscape architects combine the art of creating landscapes with concern for ecology, natural resources and social equality to create and ensure that our surroundings, whether built or natural, are designed planned and maintained for better quality of living.

Landscape architects work on a variety of projects, such as residential development, street and highway beautification, waterfront improvement projects, parks and playgrounds, or shopping centres. While others work in regional planning and resource management; feasibility, environmental impact, and cost studies; or site construction, and environmental remediation, preservation and restoration.

Landscape architects may perform the following tasks:

  • Prepare site plans, specifications, and cost estimates for land development, coordinating arrangement of existing and proposed land features and structures.
  • Confer with clients, engineering personnel, and architects on overall program.
  • Compile and analyze data on conditions, such as location, drainage, and location of structures for environmental reports and landscaping plans.
  • Inspect landscape work to ensure compliance with specifications, approve quality of materials and work, and advise client and construction personnel