A landscape architect is involved in the planning, design and oversight of an exterior landscape. They help in the creation of areas such as shopping centers, parks, golf courses, residential developments and university campuses. Becoming a landscape architect, like any other profession, requires planning and hard work.
There is a wealth of information available on the Internet so the first step you should take is to research the profession and try to find universities that offer accredited programs in landscape architecture. The American Society of Landscape Architects offers very informative links as well as a list of university programs on their website that will help get you started.
During your undergraduate career as you work towards your bachelor’s degree that allows entry into the field, talk to your school’s guidance counselor or any other academic advisors that you can. The earlier you begin preparing for graduate school, the easier your journey will be.
An excellent way to boost your knowledge of the field is to enroll yourself in elective courses that focus on environmental regulations. This is an area where some expertise, or at least exposure, will come in very handy as you progress through your preparation to become a landscape architect.
The world of landscape architecture is becoming more technology-driven every day. Familiarize yourself with and become as proficient as you can in computer-aided design and geographic information systems technology. This will help set you apart and increase your chances of success as a landscape architect.
Rarely do you get the practical training you need to prepare you for becoming a landscape architect in school. To get some hands-on experience, look for opportunities at landscape architecture firms and spend a summer as an intern.
Check to see if the state you live in is one of the forty-five that requires a landscape architect to be licensed. If it is, then after you obtain your college degree and one to four years of experience, you will need to take the Landscape Architect Registration Examination which will enable you to get your license. Some states also require a state-specific examination as part of this test.
As you work towards becoming a fully licensed landscape architect, you will most likely work under the title of intern or apprentice and you will be supervised by a licensed architect. This is a valuable experience though, and you should learn as much as you can work with someone who has already been in the field.