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Landscape architects may do some or all of the following

  • consult with clients, community members and other workers, such as engineers or architects, on the planning and/or design of landscape areas
  • study the site to be planned and/or developed
  • advise clients on ways to restore and maintain outdoor areas
  • develop plans, sketches and models
  • draw or use a computer to prepare plans
  • work out costs for landscape projects
  • arrange for people to construct outdoor areas
  • arrange the contract for the construction of outdoor areas
  • monitor the construction of outdoor areas
  • organise and submit paperwork for planning or resource consents
  • do research and write reports
  • work with local body, district and regional councils to formulate landscape policies
  • act as expert witnesses in resource consent applications or Environment Court hearings.

Landscape architects need to have

  • knowledge of design principles
  • excellent design and planning skills, including technical drawing skills
  • skill using computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • excellent people and communication skills for discussing plans and/or designs with clients, community members, contractors and other workers
  • an understanding of how people interact with their surroundings
  • knowledge of plants, soils and climate
  • knowledge of different construction methods and materials
  • business skills to create a budget and tender for jobs.

Landscape architects need to be

  • creative
  • practical
  • adaptable, with an eye for detail
  • able to inspire confidence in clients
  • patient
  • enthusiastic
  • able to work well under pressure.
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