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Working As a Senior Landscape Architect

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $63,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Landscape Architect Do

Landscape architects design parks and the outdoor spaces of campuses, recreational facilities, private homes, and other open spaces.

Duties

Landscape architects typically do the following:

  • Meet with clients, engineers, and building architects to understand the requirements of a project
  • Prepare site plans, specifications, and cost estimates
  • Coordinate the arrangement of existing and proposed land features and structures
  • Prepare graphic representations of plans using computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software
  • Select appropriate materials for use in landscape designs
  • Analyze environmental reports on land conditions, such as drainage and energy usage
  • Inspect landscape project progress to ensure that it adheres to plans
  • Seek new work through marketing activities or by giving presentations

Landscape architects design attractive and functional public parks, gardens, playgrounds, residential areas, college campuses, and public spaces. They also plan the locations of buildings, roads, walkways, flowers, shrubs, and trees within these environments. Landscape architects design these areas so that they are not only easy to use but also harmonious with the natural environment.

Landscape architects use several different technologies in their work. For example, using computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software, landscape architects prepare models of their proposed work. They present these models to clients for feedback and then prepare the final look of the project. Many landscape architects also use geographic information systems (GIS) which offer GPS coordinates of different geographical features. This helps landscape architects design different environments by giving them clues on where to start planning and how to anticipate future effects of the landscape, such as rainfall running into a valley.

The goals of landscape architects are to enhance the natural beauty of a space and provide environmental benefits. They may plan the restoration of natural places that were changed by humans or nature, such as wetlands, streams, and mined areas. They may also design “green roofs” or rooftop gardens that can retain storm water, absorb air pollution, and cool buildings while also providing pleasant scenery. Landscape architects also play a role in preserving and restoring historic landscapes. Landscape architects and architects sometimes work together to create historic memorials, such as the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.

Landscape architects who work for government agencies design sites and landscapes for government buildings, parks, and other public lands, as well as plan for landscapes and recreation areas in national parks and forests. In addition, they prepare environmental impact assessments based on proposed construction.

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How To Become A Senior Landscape Architect

All states except for Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, and Washington, D.C. require landscape architects to have a license. In addition, all 50 states (but not Washington, D.C.) require applicants to be licensed before they can use the title “landscape architect” while soliciting business. Licensing requirements vary among states, but usually include a degree in landscape architecture from an accredited school, internship experience, and passing the Landscape Architect Registration Examination.

Education

A bachelor's or master's degree in landscape architecture usually is necessary for entry into the profession. There are two undergraduate landscape architect professional degrees: a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA). These programs usually require 4 to 5 years of study.

Accredited programs are approved by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). Those with an undergraduate degree in a field other than landscape architecture may enroll in a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) graduate degree program, which typically takes 3 years of full-time study.

Courses typically include surveying, landscape design and construction, landscape ecology, site design, and urban and regional planning. Other relevant coursework may include history of landscape architecture, plant and soil science, geology, professional practice, and general management.

The design studio is a key component of any curriculum. Whenever possible, students are assigned real projects, providing them with valuable hands-on experience. While working on these projects, students become proficient in the use of computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), model building, and other design software.

Training

In order to become licensed, candidates must meet experience requirements determined by each state. A list of training requirements can be found at the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards.

New hires are called intern landscape architects until they become licensed. Although duties vary with the type and size of the employing firm, interns typically must work under the supervision of a licensed landscape architect for the experience to count toward licensure. In addition, all drawings and specifications must be signed and sealed by the licensed landscape architect.

Potential prospects may benefit by completing an internship with a landscape architecture firm during educational studies. Interns may improve their technical skills and gain an understanding of the day-to-day operations of the business, including learning how to recruit clients, generate fees, and work within a budget.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states, except for Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, and Washington, D.C., require landscape architects to be licensed in order to practice. In addition, all 50 states (but not Washington, D.C.) require applicants to be licensed before they can use the title “landscape architect” while soliciting business. Licensing is based on candidates passing the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE), which is sponsored by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards.

Candidates who are interested in taking the exam usually need a degree from an accredited school and several years of work experience under the supervision of a licensed landscape architect, although standards vary by state. For those without an accredited landscape architecture degree, many states provide alternative paths to qualify to take the LARE, which usually require more work experience.

In addition to the LARE, some states have their own registration exam to test for competency on state-specific issues, such as earthquakes in California or hurricanes in Florida. State-specific exams may focus on laws, environmental regulations, plants, soils, climate, and other characteristics unique to the state.

Because requirements for licensure vary, landscape architects may find it difficult to transfer their registration from one state to another. Common requirements include graduating from an accredited program, completing several years of an internship under the supervision of a licensed landscape architect, and passing the LARE. By meeting national requirements, a landscape architect may also obtain certification from the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards, which may be useful in getting a license in another state.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Landscape architects must understand the content of designs. When designing a building’s drainage system, for example, landscape architects must understand how the building’s location and surrounding land affect each other.

Communication skills. Landscape architects share their ideas, both orally and in writing, with clients, other architects, and workers who help prepare drawings. Effective communication is essential to ensuring that the vision for a project gets translated into reality.

Creativity. Landscape architects create the overall look of gardens, parks, and other outdoor areas. Their designs should be both pleasing to the eye and functional.

Problem-solving skills. When designing outdoor spaces, landscape architects must be able to provide solutions to unanticipated challenges. These solutions often involve looking at challenges from different perspectives and providing the best recommendations.

Technical skills. Landscape architects use computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) programs to create representations of their projects. Some also must use geographic information systems (GIS) for their designs.

Visualization skills. Landscape architects must be able to imagine how an overall outdoor space will look once completed.

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Average Yearly Salary
$63,000
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$47,000
Min 10%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
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$63,000
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$63,000
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$63,000
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$63,000
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$84,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
City of Dallas
Highest Paying City
Santa Cruz, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
6.2 years
How much does a Senior Landscape Architect make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Landscape Architect in the United States is $63,598 per year or $31 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $47,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $84,000.

Real Senior Landscape Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Landscape Architect/Director William H. Gordon Associates, Inc. WV Sep 30, 2013 $130,000
Senior Landscape Architect/Principal MLA Green, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 15, 2014 $115,000
Senior Landscape Architect/Director William H. Gordon Associates, Inc. Charles Town, WV Sep 30, 2010 $115,000
Senior Landscape Architect SSA Landscape Architects, Inc. Santa Cruz, CA Sep 14, 2012 $84,732
Senior Landscape Architect Technician Populous Group, LLC San Francisco, CA Mar 15, 2015 $75,000
Senior Landscape Designer/Landscape Architect Guilor Architets, P.C. Great Neck, NY Jul 26, 2010 $70,436
Senior Landscape Designer/Landscape Architect Guilor Architets, P.C. Great Neck, NY May 25, 2010 $70,436

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Top Skills for A Senior Landscape Architect

  1. New Construction
  2. Project Management
  3. CAD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed all documentation concerning new construction and renovation: provided approval for construction permits and demolition; provided recommendations for approval.
  • Design & project management for urban renovation and residential clients
  • Created concept, planning and construction documents using AutoCAD, MicroStation, Photoshop, and Word.
  • Initiated conceptual landscape design phase of private estates and planned residential communities.
  • Designed landscape architectural site plans and grading plans.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Landscape Architects

  1. District of Columbia
  2. California
  3. Nebraska
  4. Virginia
  5. Missouri
  6. Alaska
  7. Nevada
  8. New York
  9. Mississippi
  10. Ohio
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Senior Landscape Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

74.9%

Female

15.2%

Unknown

9.9%
Ethnicity

White

63.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

German

12.5%

French

12.5%

Portuguese

6.3%

Mandarin

6.3%

Arabic

6.3%

Italian

6.3%
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Senior Landscape Architect Education

Schools

University of Georgia

8.5%

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

8.5%

University of Illinois University Administration

7.3%

Utah State University

7.3%

Colorado State University

6.1%

Cornell University

6.1%

Temple University

6.1%

University of Florida

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

Texas A&M University

4.9%

University of Arizona

4.9%

Ball State University

3.7%

Harvard University

3.7%

West Virginia University

3.7%

Iowa State University

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.7%

University of Colorado Denver

3.7%

Clemson University

3.7%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

2.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.4%
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Majors

Landscape Architecture

65.1%

Business

5.9%

Urban Planning

3.9%

Applied Horticulture

3.9%

Environmental Design

3.3%

Natural Resources Management

2.6%

Environmental Science

2.0%

Project Management

2.0%

Public Administration

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

1.3%

Fine Arts

1.3%

Architecture

1.3%

Historic Preservation And Conservation

0.7%

Sustainability

0.7%

Political Science

0.7%

Educational Technology

0.7%

Graphic Communications

0.7%

Hospitality Management

0.7%

Fire Science And Protection

0.7%

Marketing

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.0%

Masters

27.5%

Other

11.1%

Certificate

4.7%

Associate

1.8%
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Updated May 19, 2020