Landscape architects

National Occupation Code (NOC): 2152

Landscape architects conceptualize, design, plan and manage the construction of natural, cultural and built landscape development for commercial projects, office complexes, parks, golf courses and residential development. They are employed by government environmental and development agencies, landscape consulting firms and by architectural and engineering firms, or they are self-employed.

Job Duties for Landscape architects

  • Confer with clients to determine design needs
  • Survey and assess designated sites and develop designs taking into consideration landscape features, buildings, climate, future usage and other aspects
  • Prepare or oversee the preparation of detailed drawings for sites, including features such as trees, shrubs, gardens, lighting, walkways, patios, decks, benches, fences, retaining walls and fountains
  • Prepare or oversee preparation of site plans, reports, sketches, models, photographs, maps, land use studies, design plans such as landscape grading, drainage or planting, and construction details
  • Estimate costs, prepare specifications and evaluate tenders for landscape construction projects
  • Conduct environmental design studies, including environmental assessment, planning and the preservation and re-creation of historical sites
  • Conduct community and neighbourhood physical planning studies, participate in multidisciplinary urban design studies, prepare design guidelines, and develop master plans
  • May manage and supervise landscape construction work.

Working Conditions for Landscape architects

Work is usually performed indoors, with outdoor field work sometimes necessary.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Landscape Architect
  • Senior Landscape Architect
  • Landscape Architect
  • Senior Landscape Architect