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Landscape architect

Landscape architects plan, design, create and manage the landscapes we live and work in.
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What does a landscape architect do?

In this role you’ll make practical, attractive spaces which are good for our health and wellbeing, and which protect the environment. You might work on public parks, green spaces in cities, housing developments or wildlife conservation areas. 

You’ll usually work in landscape design, management, science, planning or urban design – specialising in one area or working across one or two. In this role you will:

  • meet with clients to discuss their needs
  • survey sites to look at existing plant and animal life, and natural resources
  • get the views of local residents, businesses and other people who use the site
  • use computer-aided design (CAD) packages to draw up ideas for clients and present to them
  • draw up contracts and manage the tendering process for contractors
  • write reports and do environmental impact assessments
  • give evidence to public enquiries
  • monitor the progress of projects

You’ll work closely with landscape contractors and other professionals such as architects, town planners, surveyors, civil engineers and environmental campaigners.  


What do I need to do to become a landscape architect?

As a landscape architect you will need a flair for creativity and design, and good communication and IT skills.

You will need a degree or postgraduate level qualification which is recognised by the Landscape Institute (LI).​​ Degree subjects may include:

  • landscape architecture
  • garden design
  • landscape design and technology
  • landscape planning
  • environmental conservation

To get on a degree course you will usually need:

  • GCSEs including English and either maths or science
  • two A levels or equivalent in a related subject like art, biology or geography

Check the entry requirements direct with the uni or college.


Related skills

  • Ability to understand technical plans
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Interpersonal skills
  • IT
  • Leadership
  • Literacy
  • Teamwork

Academic route

  • Two A levels or equivalent in a related subject like art, biology or geography

Related subjects

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Geography

Essential qualifications

  • Degree or postgraduate level qualification which is recognised by the Landscape Institute (LI)

Where to find out more


Where could I be working?

You would usually be based in an office, but also travel to inspect sites and meet clients.

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