Landscape Architect Kaihoahoa Whenua

Landscape architects plan, design and advise on the construction of urban, rural, residential and public landscapes. They also manage and conserve natural or heritage landscapes and public open spaces.

Landscape architects may do some or all of the following:

  • study sites to be developed
  • develop plans, sketches and models, either by computer or hand drawn
  • consult with the public about developments in their community   
  • work out costs for landscape projects
  • develop tenders for construction projects, for example of housing and street developments, and urban parks 
  • oversee construction works
  • advise clients on ways to restore and maintain outdoor areas
  • arrange for people to construct outdoor areas
  • provide landscape and visual assessments for resource consent applications.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for landscape architects includes:

  • draughting work
  • work with plants and gardens
  • building or landscape construction
  • planning or having an understanding of the planning system 
  • design work or courses
  • accounting, budgeting or costing projects.

Personal Qualities

Landscape architects need to be:

  • creative and innovative
  • practical
  • good communicators 
  • adaptable, with an eye for detail
  • able to inspire confidence in clients
  • able to work well under pressure.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for landscape architects includes:

  • draughting work
  • work with plants and gardens
  • building or landscape construction
  • planning or having an understanding of the planning system 
  • design work or courses
  • accounting, budgeting or costing projects.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include design and visual communication, digital technologies, education for sustainability, geography, physics, construction and mechanical technologies, and maths.

 

Landscape Architects can earn around $40K-$60K per year per year.

Landscape architects may progress to set up their own business, or move into management roles.

Landscape architects can specialise in a number of roles, including:

Landscape Architectural Advisor
Landscape architectural advisors give design advice to public service agencies and councils.
Master Planner
Master planners create new developments such as residential suburbs and redesigning urban environments to be more environmentally sustainable.
Parks and Open Space Designer
Parks and open space designers create gardens, parks, public streetscapes and playgrounds.
Resource Management Specialist
Resource management specialists prepare the information needed to meet council permissions for new urban and rural developments.
Urban Landscape Designer
Urban landscape designers create urban areas for both private and public use.
Landscape Architect