2017 Landscape Architects
Median Pay: US$63,810
Entry Level: Bachelor's degree
Summary
Landscape architects design parks and the outdoor spaces of campuses, recreational facilities, private homes, and other open areas.
Duties

Landscape architects typically do the following:

  • 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

Landscape architects design attractive and functional public parks, gardens, playgrounds, residential areas, college campuses, and public spaces. They also plan the locations of buildings, roads, walkways, flowers, shrubs, and trees within these environments. Landscape architects design these areas so that they are not only easy to use but also harmonious with the natural environment.

Landscape architects use several different technologies in their work. For example, using computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software, landscape architects prepare models of their proposed work. They present these models to clients for feedback and then prepare the final look of the project. Many landscape architects also use geographic information systems (GIS) which offer GPS coordinates of different geographical features. This helps landscape architects design different environments by giving them clues on where to start planning and how to anticipate future effects of the landscape, such as rainfall running into a valley.

The goals of landscape architects are to enhance the natural beauty of a space and provide environmental benefits. They may plan the restoration of natural places that were changed by humans or nature, such as wetlands, streams, and mined areas. They may also design "green roofs" or rooftop gardens that can retain storm water, absorb air pollution, and cool buildings while also providing pleasant scenery. Landscape architects also play a role in preserving and restoring historic landscapes. Landscape architects and architects sometimes work together to create historic memorials, such as the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.

Landscape architects who work for government agencies design sites and landscapes for government buildings, parks, and other public lands, as well as plan for landscapes and recreation areas in national parks and forests. In addition, they prepare environmental impact assessments based on proposed construction.

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Type: Internship
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Landscape Architect Intern - Paid

Type: Internship
Come join our Los Angeles office as an intern. This is an excellent part-time, temporary opportunity for a student to learn about creating livable and healthy communities and to work with a dedicated group of bicycle and pedestrian planners, landscape architects, and engineers who are leaders in...
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Los Angeles, CA

Landscape Architecture Summer Internship

Type: Internship
ResponsibilitiesThe Planning and Landscape Architecture Studio at EMH&T is looking for a talented, creative and self-motivated Student Intern to work in our Columbus, Ohio office. The successful candidate will work under other landscape architects and be responsible to assist in the completion...
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Columbus, OH

NOC Analyst Tier 1

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
OverviewEvery day at Perspecta, weenable hundreds of thousands of people to take on our nation's most importantwork. We're a company founded on a diverse set of capabilities andskills, bound together by a single promise: we never stop solving our nation'smost complex challenges. Our...
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Springfield, VA

Landscape Architect Intern

Type: Internship
Bolton & Menk is seeking to hire a Summer Landscape Architecture Intern in our Ames, IA office.You will be working with a team of Licensed and Graduate Level Landscape Architects, Civil Engineers, Planners, and other Technicians, and will be responsible for assisting with the development and...
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Structural Design Intern

Type: Internship
LPA is seeking a passionate Structural Design Intern to join our integrated team of architects, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects and master planners. As a participant in our uniquely collaborative design process, you will work hand in hand with colleagues across disciplines on a...
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Mechanical Design Intern

Type: Internship
LPA is seeking a passionate Mechanical Design Intern to join our integrated team of architects, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects and master planners. As a participant in our uniquely collaborative design process, you will work hand in hand with colleagues across disciplines on a...
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Urban Design/ Landscape Architecture Intern

Type: Internship
WRT is a team of landscape architects, planners, urban designers, and architects based in San Francisco and Philadelphia practicing both nationally and internationally. WRT's practice seeks to create impact in the communities we serve by championing our firm's environmental ethos of...
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Planning Intern

Type: Internship
SmithGroup is an award-winning, multinational integrated design firm with a team of 1,300 experts across 13 offices in the U.S. and China. We employ research, data, advanced technologies and design thinking to help clients solve their greatest challenges. Our specialists - from artists and...
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Ann Arbor, MI

Architecture Internship-Seattle

Type: Internship
Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services worldwide. Our reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees - 16,000 people working together across disciplines and time zones to provide smart, sustainable solutions for challenging...
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Student Intern - Interior Design

Type: Internship
The buildings that make up the landscape of our daily lives seem like permanent fixtures, fastened to a time and place. But what if that didn't have to be true? What if our built environment - where we live, learn, play, and conduct business - carried us forward instead?Our Buildings...
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San Francisco, CA

Student Intern - Architecture

Type: Internship
The buildings that make up the landscape of our daily lives seem like permanent fixtures, fastened to a time and place. But what if that didn't have to be true? What if our built environment - where we live, learn, play, and conduct business - carried us forward instead?Our Buildings...
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San Francisco, CA

Student Intern - Interior Design

Type: Internship
The buildings that make up the landscape of our daily lives seem like permanent fixtures, fastened to a time and place. But what if that didn't have to be true? What if our built environment - where we live, learn, play, and conduct business - carried us forward instead?Our Buildings...
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San Francisco, CA

Student Intern - Architecture

Type: Internship
The buildings that make up the landscape of our daily lives seem like permanent fixtures, fastened to a time and place. But what if that didn't have to be true? What if our built environment - where we live, learn, play, and conduct business - carried us forward instead?Our Buildings...
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San Francisco, CA

Planning and Urban Design Intern

Type: Internship
WRT is a team of landscape architects, planners, urban designers, and architects based in Philadelphia and San Francisco practicing both nationally and internationally. WRT's practice seeks to create impact in the communities we serve by championing our firm's environmental ethos of...
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Marketing and Communications Intern

Type: Internship
WRT is a team of landscape architects, planners, urban designers, and architects based in Philadelphia and San Francisco practicing both nationally and internationally. WRT's practice seeks to create impact in the communities we serve by championing our firm's environmental ethos of...
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System Administrator III

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Every day at Perspecta, we enable hundreds of thousands of people to take on our nation's most important work. We're a company founded on a diverse set of capabilities and skills, bound together by a single promise: we never stop solving our nation's most complex challenges. Our team...
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Fort Meade, MD

Landscape Architecture Intern

Type: Internship
WRT is a team of landscape architects, planners, urban designers, and architects based in Philadelphia and San Francisco practicing both nationally and internationally. WRT's practice seeks to create impact in the communities we serve by championing our firm's environmental ethos of...
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Architecture Intern

Type: Internship
WRT is a team of landscape architects, planners, urban designers, and architects based in Philadelphia and San Francisco practicing both nationally and internationally. WRT's practice seeks to create impact in the communities we serve by championing our firm's environmental ethos of...
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Landscape Architectural Intern

Type: Internship
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San Jose, CA