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Landscape architects create places for people to live, work and play and places for plants and animals to thrive. They also speak up and care for our outdoor spaces.


Average salaries are in the region of £20,000.00 to £40,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Landscape architects create places for people to live, work and play and places for plants and animals to thrive. They also speak up and care for our outdoor spaces. 

What they do

Landscape architects study, plan, design and manage spaces to make them both sustainable and nice to look at. These professionals do an important job, working hard to tackle climate change and bring new life to towns and cities across the world. 

Their career is devoted to providing clever and attractive landscapes for people to enjoy – making sure that changes to the natural environment are appropriate, sensitive and sustainable. 

The work covers a very wide range of projects in both built-up areas and the countryside.

Typical duties include:

  • Design the layout of parks, gardens, housing estates or city centres
  • Improving land affected by mining or motorway building
  • Meeting with clients to discuss what they want and present ideas to them
  • Producing designs (including computer-aided ones)
  • Managing or regenerating different kinds of outdoor spaces in the UK or overseas
  • Surveying sites to identify the plant and animal life there and get the views of local residents, businesses and other people who use the site
  • Co-ordinating project plans with other professionals such as architects, civil engineers and town planners
  • Writing reports
  • Carrying out environmental impact assessments
  • Monitoring progress to make sure a landscape is taking shape properly
  • Drawing up contracts
  • Overseeing the tendering process for contractors
  • Doing landscape and visual impact assessments

Sometimes landscape architects are called in to give expert evidence to public enquiries or other hearings on big or controversial projects.

Landscape architects are based in an office but also work on site. They often work in private practice. Companies can be small and may specialise in certain types of landscape.  

After 2-3 years working as a Landscape Architect, you can become Chartered.

Salary:

  • Newly trained Landscape Architects can earn in the region of £20,000 - £28,000
  • Trained with experience Landscape Architects can earn in the region of £30,000 - £40,000
  • Senior or Chartered Landscape Architects can earn in the region of £40,000+

Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility, and salaries and career options can improve with chartered status. 


 

For further information, download the Be a Landscape Architect Careers brochure from the Landscape Institute careers pages.

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Qualifications & Training

You can complete an undergraduate degree (usually four years) accredited by the Landscape Institute. Accredited subjects include:

  • Landscape Architecture
  • Garden Design
  • Landscape Design and Ecology
  • Landscape Planning
  • Landscape Management
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Landscape Architecture and Architecture 

You need at least two or three A-levels or equivalent such as Scottish Highers, or the Welsh Advanced Baccalaureate to win a place on a degree course. Subjects such as Geography, Graphic Design, Art, Environmental Science, Biology and Botany are particularly useful.

Universities will also take into account any relevant experience you have – especially if you are a mature student. You need to check the exact entry requirements with individual colleges and universities. They may accept a relevant Access to Higher Education award.

If you already have a degree in a related subject (such as architecture, horticulture or botany) you can take a graduate conversion course. 

Chartered Status

First you complete an undergraduate or postgraduate entry course accredited by the Landscape Institute. Then you gain experience in the workplace, with the help of a mentor, as part of the Pathway to Chartership (P2C).

The P2C develops the knowledge, understanding and professionalism required to become a chartered landscape architect and takes into account your previous learning and experience. You can progress at your own pace, usually two to three years for most people. The Pathway is followed while you’re in professional practice until you’re ready to take the final oral exam.

Once fully qualified, chartered landscape architects must complete at least 20 hours continuing professional development (CPD) a year to keep up to date with current thinking and professional practice.

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Career trends and forecasts

4320 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 4320 architects (including landscape architects) to meet demand every year between 2017-2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of demand is likely to be in Northern Ireland, Wales and South East.

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