What is Landscape Architecture?

Landscape architecture is about everything outside, urban and rural, at the interface between people and natural systems.  The range of ways in which landscape architects work is staggering.

From masterplanning Olympic sites to planning and managing landscapes such as national parks and wetlands, assessing or analysing the landscape, undertaking landscape and project management, or designing private gardens; landscape architecture nurtures communities and helps create more liveable environments.

Landscape architects are broad thinkers who thrive on the big picture.  They are playing an increasingly important role in addressing some of the great issues of our day, including climate change, sustainable communities, water quality and innovative housing.  This is not just the profession of the future – but the profession for a better future.


How Can I Become a Landscape Architect?

To become a landscape architect, you need to complete an accredited programme of study at tertiary level.

Accreditation means that the programme is nationally and internationally recognized.  Each school of landscape architecture has its own philosophy and character.  They deliver a range of programmes, from undergraduate degrees through to advanced research leading to a masters or doctoral degree.  If you already have a degree you may be eligible to enter a professional programme at undergraduate or postgraduate level.