Profession landscape architect

Landscape architects plan and design the construction of gardens and natural spaces. They determine the specifications and distribution of the space. They combine an understanding of the natural space with a sense of aesthetics in order to create a harmonious space.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Aesthetics

    Set of principles based on which something is appealing and beautiful.

  • Landscape analysis

    The methods of analysis and computation used in the design of outdoor spaces.

  • Zoning codes

    The division of land into zones where various uses and activities are allowed, such as residential, agricultural, and industrial activities. These zones are regulated by legislative procedures and local authorities.

  • Ecology

    The study of how organisms interact and their relation to the ambient environment.

  • Architecture regulations

    The regulations, statutes, and legal agreements existing in the European Union in the field of architecture. 

  • Landscape architecture

    The principles and practices used in the architecture and design of outdoor areas.

  • Green space strategies

    The authority’s vision on how to use its green space. This includes the goals it wants to achieve, the resources, methods, legislative framework, and time needed to meet these goals. 

  • Landscape design

    Understand landscape design and maintenance.

  • Urban planning

    Political and technical process that seeks to design the urban environment and optimize land use by considering various aspects such as infrastructure, water, and green and social spaces.

Skills

  • Provide cost benefit analysis reports

    Prepare, compile and communicate reports with broken down cost analysis on the proposal and budget plans of the company. Analyse the financial or social costs and benefits of a project or investment in advance over a given period of time.

  • Specify landscape design components

    Create design components and materials which are appropriate to site, purpose and expected usage. Recommend plants and materials suitable to the scheme and within budget.

  • Identify customer's needs

    Use appropriate questions and active listening in order to identify customer expectations, desires and requirements according to product and services.

  • Advise on landscapes

    Give advice on the planning, development and care of new and existing landscapes.

  • Develop architectural plans

    Draft a master plan for building sites and landscape plantings. Prepare detailed development plans and specifications in accordance with applicable laws. Analyse private development plans for their accuracy, appropriateness, and compliance with laws.

  • Design landscape schemes

    Design landscaping schemes. Ensure the design is consistent with accepted design principles and recommended plants and materials and that it keeps within budget. Represent the design to scale accurately and clearly.

  • Design spatial layout of outdoor areas

    Design the spatial layout and functional and architectural appearance of outdoor areas. Integrate green spaces, social spaces, and regulatory aspects in outdoor design.

  • Manage landscape design projects

    Make preparations for the development of parks, recreation areas and roadside landscaping. Prepare designs, drawings and specifications for such projects and estimate the costs.

  • Integrate measures in architectural designs

    Integrate measurements, taken at sites or included in the project, into the design and drafting of architectural projects. Integrate considerations such as fire safety, acoustics, and building physics.

Optional knowledge and skills

provide technical expertise advise on soil and water protection characteristics of plants coordinate construction activities operate landscaping equipment use manual draughting techniques communicate with local residents zero-energy building design flower and plant products create thematic maps conduct land surveys use cad software historic architecture liaise with local authorities follow work schedule energy performance of buildings assess environmental impact plant species use geographic information systems forest conservation horticulture principles build a product's physical model use technical drawing software soil structure carry out tendering landscaping materials finish project within budget use landscaping service equipment create new landscape designs create gis reports energy efficiency promote sustainability civil engineering