Profession landscape designer

Landscape designers design and create outdoor public areas, landmarks, structures, parks, gardens and private gardens to achieve environmental, social-behavioral, or aesthetic outcomes.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Landscape architecture

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

  • Landscape analysis

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

  • Topography

    Graphic representation of the surface features of a place or region on a map indicating their relative positions and elevations.

  • Design principles

    The elements used in design such as unity, scale, proportion, balance, symmetry, space, form, texture, colour, light, shade and congruence and their application into practice.

  • Landscape architectural instruments

    The instruments, tools, symbols and terminology of landscape architectural drawing and specifications; the laws and codes pertaining to landscape architecture and design.

  • Pest control in plants

    Types and features of pests in plants and crops. Different kinds of pest control methods, activities using conventional or biological methods taking into account the type of plant or crop, environmental and climate conditions and health and safety regulations. Storage and handling of products.

  • Surveying methods

    Have an understanding of surveying methods, remote sensing methods and equipment.

  • Ecology

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

  • Plant disease control

    Types and features of diseases in plants and crops. Different kinds control methods, activities using conventional or biological methods taking into account the type of plant or crop, environmental and climate conditions and health and safety regulations. Storage and handling of products.

Skills

  • Perform pest control

    Carry out crop spraying pest and disease operations in line with National industry and customer requirements. Carry out slurry and fertiliser spreading in accordance with local environmental regulations

  • Inspect project regulations

    Inspect projects for regulation and specification compliance. Formulate recommendations to existing specifications and plans.

  • 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.

  • Create new landscape designs

    Use creative ideas to conceptualize landscape projects by making designs, drawings and sketches. These designs consist of parks, highways or walkways and try to create a public functional area.

  • Make accurate drawings

    Make accurate technical drawings to scale from sketches, drawings, and verbal instructions.

  • Perform weed control operations

    Carry out crop spraying for weeds and plant disease operations in line with National industry and customer requirements.

  • Review construction plans authorisations

    Review plans for conformance to codes and authorised approval for construction.

  • 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.

  • Advise supervisors

    Advise supervisor of problems, changes, or suggestions for more effective regulation practice or development activity.

  • Advise contractors

    Advises contractors on the interpretation of plans and recommends changes when necessary.

  • Perform studies and field investigation

    Plan and performs studies and field investigations as required. Inspect landscapes using established techniques and procedures.

Optional knowledge and skills

manage rainwater keep task records conduct public presentations green logistics horticultural design horticulture principles forest ecology rainwater management create solutions to problems agronomy principles of landscape construction plant species building codes work independently in landscaping characteristics of plants use a computer landscaping materials make decisions regarding landscaping botany