Landscape Architect  What They Do

Just the Facts

Landscape Architects Career Video

Plans and designs land areas for such projects as parks and other recreational facilities; airports; highways; hospitals; schools; land subdivisions; and commercial, industrial and residential sites.

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Design/Pre-Construction pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Confers with clients, engineering personnel, or architects on landscape projects.
  • Prepares site plans, specifications, or cost estimates for land development.
  • Analyzes data on conditions such as site location, drainage, or structure location for environmental reports or landscaping plans.
  • Develops marketing materials, proposals, or presentation to generate new work opportunities.
  • Inspects landscape work to ensure compliance with specifications, evaluates quality of materials or work, or advises clients or construction personnel.
  • Prepares graphic representations or drawings of proposed plans or designs.
  • Presents project plans or designs to public stakeholders, such as government agencies or community groups.
  • Integrates existing land features or landscaping into designs.
  • Manages the work completed by subcontractors to ensure quality control.
  • Creates landscapes that minimize water consumption such as by incorporating drought-resistant grasses or indigenous plants.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Environmental Designer -- Addresses environmental parameters when devising plans, programs, policies, buildings, or products.
  • Golf Course Architect -- Plans the topography for golf courses, including the locations of landscaped greens, roughs and water features.
  • Sustainable Landscape Architect -- Plans and designs outdoor areas for a wide range of uses and helps the environment through their designs, which may preserve a site or restore it to its natural state by adding or protecting native plants or habitats.
  • Urban Design Planner --