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Landscape Architecture: Maybe It Is the Career for You
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Landscape Architecture in Your Life

Look at the community around you. Have you ever thought about who created the parks, residential developments, campuses, commercial centers, gardens, transportation facilities, corporate and institutional centers? Each of these examples of planning, design and land use management are the work of landscape architects. If you are interested in the environment, conservation, and a blend of science and artistic expression, then a career in landscape architecture may be for you.

What are your professional education goals as you prepare to enter college? Have you considered a career in landscape architecture? Have your heard about the earning power of a career in landscape architecture?

A Career with a Future

Landscape architecture is the profession that encompasses the analysis, planning, design, management and stewardship of the natural and built environment. Landscape architecture has strong roots in the U.S. Early examples range from private estates like Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, to entire city plans like Pierre L’Enfant’s design of Washington, DC, to public gathering places like San Francisco’s Pershing Square. The actual term “landscape architecture” became common after 1863 when Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed New York's Central Park.

Landscape architects plan and design traditional places such as parks, residential developments, campuses, gardens, cemeteries, commercial centers, resorts, transportation facilities, corporate and institutional centers and waterfront developments. They also design and plan the restoration of natural places disturbed by humans such as wetlands, stream corridors, mined areas and forested land. Their appreciation for historic landscapes and cultural resources enables landscape architects to undertake preservation planning projects for national, regional and local historic sites and areas.

Working with architects, city planners, civil engineers and other professionals, landscape architects play an important role in environmental protection by designing and implementing projects that respect both the needs of people and of our environment. Meeting human needs by making wise use of our environmental resources is work that is in demand today and will continue to be required in the future.

There is a wide range of opportunities for landscape architects. Landscape architects work on a variety of projects such as the development and preservation of open spaces, recreation areas, wildlife refuges, zoos, parks, golf courses and transportation systems.