Landscape Architect

Landscape Architect

non – apprenticeship

AT A GLANCE

Landscape architects conceptualize landscape designs, develop contract documents and oversee the construction of landscape development for commercial projects, office complexes, parks, golf courses and residential development. They are employed by government environmental and development agencies, landscape consulting firms and by architectural and engineering firms, or they are self-employed.

Landscape architects perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Confer with clients to determine design needs
  • Survey and assess designated sites and develop designs taking into consideration landscape features, buildings, climate, future usage, and other aspects,
  • Prepare to oversee the preparation of detailed drawings for sites, including features such as trees, shrubs, gardens, lighting, walkways, patios, decks, benches, fences, retaining walls and fountains
  • Prepare to oversee preparation of site plans, reports, sketches, models, photographs, maps, land use studies, and design plans
  • Estimate costs, prepare specifications and evaluate tenders for landscape construction projects
  • Conduct environmental design studies, including environmental assessment, planning and the preservation and re-creation of historical sites
  • Conduct community and neighbourhood physical planning studies, participate in multidisciplinary urban design studies and prepare design guidelines
  • May manage and supervise landscape construction work

CAREER VIDEO(S)

Source: Green Careers Canada – Laura Paaren – Landscape Architectural Intern

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Note: Additional training and/or certification may be required.
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ESSENTIAL SKILLS PROFILES

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones:

WAGES

According to jobbank.gc.ca, and their Labour Market Information for Canada (wage information was not available for Manitoba), they list low, medium, and high wages for Landscape Architects as the following:
LOW WAGE MEDIUM WAGE HIGH WAGE
Minimum Wage
$30.33 / hour
$49.77 / hour
A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is: $60,000 – $85,000

TRAINING

After successfully completing your university training from an accepted architecture program, it is recommended that yout join and meet the requirements of the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects (MALA). Since 1973, MALA continues to regulate the standards of professional practice and conduct consistent with the need to serve and to protect the public interest; to serve as advocates for a high quality of design in the urban and rural environments of Manitoba, and to advance and promote the profession of landscape architecture.

Source: http://www.mala.net/

According to the University of Manitoba, after completing an undergraduate program, such as the Bachelor of Environmental Design*, then students can pursue a professional degree in their chosen discipline – Landscape Architecture.

*This undergraduate program is four years in length:

  • 2 foundation years
  • 2 intermediate years in one option (architecture, Interior Environments and Landscape & Urbanism)
Graduate Degree Department
Master of Landscape Architecture