A Day in the Life of a Landscape Architect

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A Day in the Life of a Landscape Architect

What made you decide to become a Landscape Architect?

I enjoy the outdoors and being creative. I attended NDSU where I originally studied accounting for a year and then realized I wasn’t entirely interested in that career path. I switched to landscape architecture after that. I also worked for a landscaping company in high school and it seemed like landscape architecture was the next best thing, so I did some research on it and found out that they did a lot of designing, got to be creative and work with people and the rest is history.

What are your favorite projects to work on?

I mostly work on commercial level projects with recreation like parks and playgrounds, memorials, and cemeteries. Parks are my favorite because I like pushing the envelope as far as what has been done in the past and creating new ideas and designs in place of that. I like to get involved with contractors and work with them on projects they may have never done before. When you drive by and see people using a space that you designed and created, it’s a pretty cool feeling.

What is the difference between a Landscape Architect and a Landscape Designer?

Landscape architects require more training and education than a landscape designer. Architects also tend to do larger scale projects, but both can do similar work.

How does one obtain a license to practice Landscape Architecture?

The first step is an undergraduate degree, followed by up to four years of an apprenticeship with a company. Then, you have to become a member of The Council of Landscape Architecture Review Board (CLARB). This membership is basically an online resume for your education, experience, and so on. To be able to actually practice landscape architecture, there are a series of tests that make up the Landscape Architecture Review Exam (LARE). When I took this, it was five sections that focused on specification writing, laws and ethics, site planning, etc. You have to take all of these tests separately because they require a lot of studying.

After you pass these exams, you have to apply for your license, which requires a lot of paperwork, and you’re good to go.

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