Landscape Architecture

Careers in the public sector

What do landscape architects do in the public sector?

Landscape Architects in the public sector strategically influence the quality of landscape design and sustainability at various scales of development in rural or urban settings. Landscape Architects bring their design skills and technical knowledge, spatial and analytical skills, and stakeholder and project management experience in-house.

In the public sector, the work of a landscape architect might include advising on the design and construction of development, including critiquing projects proposed by developers and landowners. Landscape architects may also be tasked with undertaking studies and surveys, carrying out environmental impact assessments, creating sketches, models and plans, engaging with stakeholders, undertaking site visits, and presenting technical information to decision-makers and at inquiries.

What type of job roles might a landscape architect be suitable for?

People with a background in landscape architecture can work in a range of built environment roles in the public sector, including landscape or regeneration - delivering a programme of green spaces or public realm improvements across a local authority; masterplanning and urban design - creating Supplementary Planning Documents relating to landscape, providing technical and expert advice at pre-apps or planning obligation negotiations.

Progression could be in the form of a managerial or senior leadership role with more responsibility for budget management and people management, or specialising in a particular field such as ecology or conservation.

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Qualifications needed

Landscape architects must hold a postgraduate degree accredited by the Landscape Institute to be eligible for chartered status. This is followed by a period of mentored work experience, after which, landscape architects can become full chartered members of the Landscape Institute.

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