The main disciplines within landscape architecture are landscape design, landscape planning, landscape management, urban design and academia. A professional landscape architect has the skills and training to combine art and design and to consider physical, social, economic, political and cultural factors to generate creative solutions for our urban and natural environments.
Future employment prospects for landscape architects in Australia remain positive. In Australia, about 25% of landscape architects are self-employed, another 20% work for government and the rest tend to be in private practices, large and small. Landscape architecture is a profession that has experienced sustained growth in employment levels which is expected to continue in to the future.
Did you know, in 2011, approximately:
17.5% practiced in regional areas,
82% practiced in the eastern states,
40% were AILA members
See more info on the profession as per census statistics here.
Landscape architects may be employed to plan, design and project manage for public and private spaces such as single and multi residential developments, public parks, playgrounds, university and government campuses, shopping centres, golf courses, waterways, public gardens, roads and highways and industrial parks. Other areas of work include visual impact assessment, expert witness, natural and resource management, parks and wildlife, urban regeneration, townscapes and streetscapes.
After developing your skills and knowledge in the profession, individuals are able to apply for Registered Membership (with a two least two years’ experience after graduation) with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. Registration provides the opportunity for landscape architects to continue their professional development through workshops and seminars and provides excellent networking opportunities.