Landscape Architect

Landscape architects research, plan, design and advise on the stewardship, conservation and sustainability of development of the environment and spaces, both within and beyond the built environment.

Landscape Architect

Landscape Architect

Roles and responsibilities

To qualify as a landscape architect:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} with a major in Landscape Architecture as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Master of Landscape Architecture to qualify as a landscape architect.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


Landscape architects:

  • plan, design, manage and maintain layouts of built environments in urban, suburban, and rural areas including private and public open spaces. These can include parks, gardens, streetscapes, plazas, housing developments, tourist, commercial, industrial and educational complexes, sports grounds, botanic gardens and recreation areas
  • contribute to the planning, aesthetic and functional design, location, management and maintenance of infrastructure such as roads, dams, wind farms and other energy and major development projects
  • undertake landscape assessments including environmental and visual impact assessments to prepare policies or inform new developments
  • inspect sites, analysing factors such as climate, soil, flora, fauna, surface and subsurface water and drainage; and consult with clients on projects related to the landscape and built environment
  • identify and develop appropriate solutions regarding the quality and use of the built environment in urban, suburban and rural areas and making designs, plans and working drawings, specifications of work, cost estimates and time schedules
  • monitor projects to ensure compliance with plans, specifications of work, cost estimates and time schedules
  • manage large-scale landscape planning and design projects including management of other consultants such as engineers, architects and planners
  • conduct research, prepare scientific papers and technical reports, develop policy, teach, and advise on aspects regarding landscape architecture (e.g. geographic information systems, remote sensing and landscape ecology)

Source: Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

To qualify as a landscape architect:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} with a major in Landscape Architecture as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Master of Landscape Architecture to qualify as a landscape architect.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


Landscape architects:

  • plan, design, manage and maintain layouts of built environments in urban, suburban, and rural areas including private and public open spaces. These can include parks, gardens, streetscapes, plazas, housing developments, tourist, commercial, industrial and educational complexes, sports grounds, botanic gardens and recreation areas
  • contribute to the planning, aesthetic and functional design, location, management and maintenance of infrastructure such as roads, dams, wind farms and other energy and major development projects
  • undertake landscape assessments including environmental and visual impact assessments to prepare policies or inform new developments
  • inspect sites, analysing factors such as climate, soil, flora, fauna, surface and subsurface water and drainage; and consult with clients on projects related to the landscape and built environment
  • identify and develop appropriate solutions regarding the quality and use of the built environment in urban, suburban and rural areas and making designs, plans and working drawings, specifications of work, cost estimates and time schedules
  • monitor projects to ensure compliance with plans, specifications of work, cost estimates and time schedules
  • manage large-scale landscape planning and design projects including management of other consultants such as engineers, architects and planners
  • conduct research, prepare scientific papers and technical reports, develop policy, teach, and advise on aspects regarding landscape architecture (e.g. geographic information systems, remote sensing and landscape ecology)

Source: Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

UWA Graduate Experiences

Eoin Gladish

I remember having back-to-back studios one semester: in one I was designing a garden in India and in the next learning how farming properties in WA’s South West benefit from wildlife corridors. Looking back, this is exactly the kind of variety of projects you experience working as a landscape architect. After completing my final honours project, I started work with international design practice HASSELL and am in my third year there. A career highlight was winning the 2012 Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) WA Future Leaders Awards (Graduate) for my contribution to projects in Exmouth, Kuala Lumpur and Rivervale.
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Landscape Architect