Landscape ArchitectJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

The world of architecture involves so much more than designing the form and function of buildings. Typically an equal amount of attention needs to be paid to each building’s surroundings and how they look, function, and complement the project as a whole. 

Landscape architects specialize in a building’s surroundings. Beyond simply deciding where plants or fountains should be, these professionals are licensed and trained in the design and planning of outdoor spaces in their entirety. The scope of a landscape architect’s responsibilities includes gardens, plantings, pools, walkways, stormwater management, and much more. The job is more than making the outside of a structure or building complex look attractive.

Landscape architects need collaboration skills. They often work in concert with other architects on related buildings, harmonizing each project with the overall character of the location. Landscape architects also work hand-in-hand with government officials to ensure compliance with local regulations and standards. 

Sample job description #1

What you will do

  • Helps in preparing site plans and master plans as a landscape designer (PLA in training)
  • Knowledge of the contemporary trends of landscape planning, principles, and practices of landscape architecture
  • Assists in preparing conceptual designs, site layouts, and master plan documentation
  • Researches and provides site analysis/due diligence including code requirements
  • Assists in preparing development plans to support planning and zoning approvals for clients
  • Participates in continuing education clinics including, but not limited to, CEU’s, Lunch & Learns, trade organizations, and independent study
  • Communicates well and works with co-workers such as other engineering departments, architects, project managers, administrative staff, and others to provide high quality, design solutions for a variety of project assignments
  • Participates in design meetings with the project team and able to communicate strategies and design theory for a variety of project types. Engages well with the entire project team and show the initiative to learn and be proactive in a design environment
  • Able to work successfully in a multi-disciplined team environment on multiple projects, sometimes with competing deadlines or milestone requirements
  • Performs site visits to conduct site analysis and information reconnaissance
  • Operates in a cross-functional capacity as workflow demands change it may be necessary to support other production requirements as part of a project team
  • Actively supports strategic goals of the firm, departments, and managers and understands how your actions contribute to them

Key success factors

  • Proficient in AutoCAD or Civil 3D
  • Exhibits “self-starter” characteristics and motivated to learn
  • Exhibits a high sense of personal motivation and urgency
  • Willingness to perform activities not specified here, that may become necessary as the Company, position or the marketplace evolves with the changing business environment

Qualifications

  • Preferred 1 to 4 years of professional experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture
  • Master Planning is a plus

Sample job description #2

Responsibilities include

  • Provide creative and innovative design solutions to a broad range of project types including planning, urban design, parks, athletic and recreational fields, collegiate and corporate campuses, and PK-12 schools
  • Foster collaborative design methods amongst all of our in-house disciplines
  • Work with the site design team including landscape architects and civil engineers to provide high-quality construction documents and details
  • Prepare comprehensive, high-quality 3D, and plan renderings in all phases of design
  • Preparation of construction documents and opinion of costs
  • Participation in site visits and client meetings
  • Other duties assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture
  • 5-15 years of experience preferred
  • Oral presentation experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD Civil 3-D, Lumion, and Adobe Creative Suite

Sample job description #3

  • Portfolio or work samples will be required if considered for an interview**

Responsibilities

  • This position will support our practices by providing site planning, urban and landscape design, and graphic and technical expertise and guidance to staff
  • The role will also coordinate with over 200 Landscape Architecture professionals practicing in studios across the country
  • This candidate must have strong presentation skills and a desire to pursue work
  • Project experiences will be diverse as we provide services to both the public and private sectors. Projects include higher education, multifamily, mixed-use, community planning, and streetscape design throughout the region for a wide variety of great clients

Qualifications

  • BS or MS in Landscape Architecture
  • Professional licensure is preferred
  • 1 or more years of relevant work experience
  • Project management experience or desire to manage projects
  • Strong AutoCAD, Civil 3D, and/or Microsoft (Word and Excel) skills
  • Working knowledge of graphic software programs (Adobe Photoshop, Sketchup, InDesign, Illustrator, GIS/Arcview, and PowerPoint)
  • Strong freehand illustration and rendering skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Positive attitude, team oriented, and a strong work ethic
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Self-motivated; sense of urgency to produce high quality work
  • Involvement in professional organizations desired

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a landscape architect is $56,400 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$56,050$75,850
Los Angeles, California$63,250$85,600
Denver, Colorado$52,750$71,350
Washington, DC$64,250$86,900
Miami, Florida$52,450$71,000
Orlando, Florida$48,450$65,500
Tampa, Florida$48,850$66,150
Atlanta, Georgia$51,250$69,400
Chicago, Illinois$58,950$79,750
Boston, Massachusetts$63,750$86,250
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$50,800$68,750
New York City, New York$67,150$90,800
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$54,650$73,950
Dallas, Texas$53,200$71,950
Houston, Texas$52,950$71,650
Seattle, Washington$61,350$83,000
National Average$47,950$64,850

Sample interview questions

  • What do you enjoy most about architecture?
  • What would you say your least favorite thing about architecture is?
  • What top skills would you say are the most important when it comes to this job?
  • What would you say your design style is?
  • Have you ever had any issues with clients before? How did you handle those situations? 
  • Has there ever been a time when a deadline was not met? What happened?
  • Do you work well under pressure or stressful situations?
  • What made you want to become a landscape architect?
  • What would you say the hardest part about this job would be?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What would you say your favorite project would be out of your portfolio? And why?
  • Strong communications skills are important as a landscape architect. Can you tell us about a time you effectively communicated about a concern you had?
  • What makes you a good fit for this position?

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