Spacemarker; GETTING INTO... LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT NAME: LOUISE WALKER AGE: 28

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Spacemarker; GETTING INTO... LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT NAME: LOUISE WALKER AGE: 28


PERSONAL: Louise's parents are both keen gardeners and as a child she developed a keen interest in horticulture and the outdoors.

At school, Louise also enjoyed art and design, and began to consider a career as a garden designer.

A careers advisor suggested the job of landscape architect, which Louise quickly decided was ideal for her.

After A-levels, Louise went on to study landscape architecture at university and then found a job with a private practice, where she continues to work.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Landscape architects design outdoor spaces in a variety of settings, from public parks and gardens to housing estates, retail parks and the land between buildings.

As well as ensuring that the project they are working on looks good and is pleasant to live or work in, landscape architects must also strive to do the least possible damage to the environment and ecology of the area.

The landscape architect will usually hold discussions with the clients to discover their needs before visiting the site to carry out surveys, which can include investigations into the natural resources and plants and animals in the area and consultations with local people and potential users of the site.

Once the initial research is completed, landscape architects will begin drawing up plans and designs and selecting plants, trees and materials to meet the needs of the clients and the site.

They usually work closely with other professionals, including architects, civil engineers, construction-site supervisors and town planners, and will need to provide estimates for both constructing the site and maintaining it once it is finished.

Around half of landscape architects are employed in private practices, but many also work in local government, and there are opportunities in government agencies, voluntary organisations, large corporations and the construction industry. …

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