Landscape architecture is typically about designing open spaces, and working with other professions (architects, engineers and so on) to create places for people to live, work and play. My team also tends to do a lot of assessment work, advising developers on the environmental impacts of their proposals. I spend most of my time either producing landscape drawings, writing landscape assessments or out of the office, on site visits.
My degree was a vocational degree so it typically leads you into landscape architecture, whether that’s working in the public or private sector. However, as with any profession you learn most of it ‘on the job.’
Whilst some sectors of the construction industry are male dominated, landscape as a profession is fairly even in terms of male and female members. Occasionally situations will arise where I am outnumbered by men, for example when we’re working on site with landscape contractors, but this hasn’t
been a problem so far.
My favourite bit of my job is getting to work
on a diverse range of, sometimes high-profile, projects within a multi-disciplinary team. I’m currently working towards my chartership exam and have been well supported on this by AECOM and the landscape team. One perk of the job is definitely going on site visits. Recent opportunities have included climbing a munro in the Scottish Highlands and taking a boat trip out to islands off the North Ayrshire coast.
For anyone who wants to do what I do, the Landscape Institute has a website aimed specifically at people interested in landscape architecture as a career http://iwanttobealandscapearchitect.com/index.html. It’s also well worth going to open days at the universities as each landscape course is different, and you might find that one suits your interests more than another.