Landscape Architect Luke Braswell

Nature of work

Meet with clients, engineers, and building architects to understand the requirements of a project

Prepare site plans, specifications, and cost estimates

Coordinate the arrangement of existing and proposed land features and structures

Prepare graphic representations of plans using computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software

Select appropriate materials for use in landscape designs

Analyze environmental reports on land conditions, such as drainage and energy usage

Inspect landscape project progress to ensure that it adheres to plans

Seek new work through marketing activities or by giving presentations

Training, Qualifications and Advancement

A bachelor's or master's degree in landscape architecture usually is necessary for entry into the profession. There are two undergraduate landscape architect professional degrees: a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA). These programs usually require 4 to 5 years of study. In order to become licensed, candidates must meet experience requirements determined by each state. A list of training requirements can be found at the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards. All states, except for Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, and Washington, D.C., require landscape architects to be licensed in order to practice. In addition, all 50 states (but not Washington, D.C.) require applicants to be licensed before they can use the title “landscape architect” while soliciting business. Licensing is based on candidates passing the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE), which is sponsored by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards.


Architects are the person who designs buildings and in many cases also supervises their construction.

Job Outlook

Employment of landscape architects is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Planning and developing new and existing commercial, industrial, and residential construction projects’ landscapes will drive employment growth. The public’s desire for beautiful and functional spaces will continue to require good site planning and landscape design.

Projections Data

In 2018, there are going to be an average of 330 jobs per year. In 2024, there would be 11,430 projected jobs to be opened.


Median wages for Architects is on average $76,100 in 2016, but the top 10% of professional’s make about $125,520 and the bottom 10% make about $46,080.

Related Occupations

• Civil engineers

• Drafters

• Interior design


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