Landscape architects help to design and plan areas such as golf courses, shopping centers, college campuses, public parks and residential developments. They collaborate with surveyors, engineers and architects to ensure that the client’s design wishes comply with environmental regulations and the site’s geology.
Steps to take
Understand that a bachelor’s degree only allows for entry into this field. Consult your guidance counselor during your early undergraduate years about ways for you to prepare for graduate school.
Become proficient in computer-aided design (CAD), video simulation and geographic information systems technology.
Spend at least one summer as an intern for a landscape architecture firm.Get familiar with every aspect of landscape design and accessories such as garden fountains, garden themes and more.
Find out if your state is one of the 45 that require landscape architects to be licensed. If so, after you have a college degree and one to four years of experience, take the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.).
Check if your state is one of the 18 that require landscape architects to pass a state examination as part of the L.A.R.E.
Be prepared to work with the title of intern landscape architect or apprentice until you receive your license. All of your work will have to be supervised by a licensed landscape architect.