Do you have students that 

  • Love science and design

  • Enjoy solving problems

  • Are inquisitive about the world

  • Care deeply for the environment

  • Have a political mindset, and

  • DARE to change the future?

Then you need to tell them about a career as a landscape architect

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What is a Landscape Architect?

Landscape Architects plan, design and manage natural and built environments. They do this by applying aesthetic and scientific principles to address ecological sustainability, preserve cultural heritage and enhance the quality and health of landscapes.

Watch our Be a Landscape Architect series of videos for more information. 
View AILA award winning landscape architecture projects. 

What do Landscape Architects do?

Landscape Architects design parks, promenades, sporting facilities, playgrounds, nature-based recreation trails, civic areas, plazas and forecourts – all the spaces that support life, work and play outdoors! Landscape architects prepare drawings and contract documents, conduct research and analysis to develop sustainable landscapes and conduct feasibility and impact studies to assess the impact of development.

What are the knowledge areas of Landscape Architects?

Landscape Architects collect and document data through site analysis, considering Indigenous practices, landform, soils, vegetation, hydrology, visual characteristics and human-made and managed features.

Because the knowledge areas are diverse, we believe that everyone can find their home in Landscape Architecture.

What should your students be studying?

Good news! Landscape Architecture degrees in Australia do not require prerequisites. This means, your students can study what they love in their final years of high school before they undertake tertiary studies.

Students bring diverse subject areas into the learning and teaching environment including Design, Design and Technology, Art, Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences Geography, History, Cultural Studies, Mathematics, and even Languages are all in the mix. Interestingly, at least half of new to academic career students come to the degree without a design background!

Some AILA Accredited Programs provide ‘bonus’ or additional points in their calculation of university entry scores. Visit your local university website to find out more details of specific adjustment factors.

STEM and STEAM

As a field rooted in the natural, physical, and human sciences, landscape architecture education prepares future practitioners to use science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design to develop innovative solutions to design challenges in the built and natural environments. For this reason, Landscape Architecture sits comfortably as both a STEM and STEAM profession. Read more about Landscape Architecture as STEM classification from the American Society of Landscape Architects here

Why Landscape Architecture?

Landscape Architecture is a growing profession nationally and internationally. Landscape Architects are committed to creating a more socially and environmentally just world. They do this through the process of design.

Graduates can travel the world and play a critical part in adapting, mitigating and restoring ecosystems and their communities through the process of design.

Landscape Architecture is the profession of the 21st Century because we tackle human induced climate change and biodiversity loss through design… what’s not to love?

 

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