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Can you give me a realistic picture of being a landscape architect?
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Hi,I'm currently majoring in communications and considering a change over to landscape architecture (or getting a graduate degree in landscape architecture). I found out about the profession through…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott Anderson Design Aug 9.

 

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Scott Anderson Design replied to Lauren Davis's discussion 'Can you give me a realistic picture of being a landscape architect?'
"Yes of course, the main purpose is to provide unique designs to the clients to make city/town beautiful. Working as a Landscape Architecture is a great experience. Main motive always is to provide the best results to the customers by designing…"
Aug 9
Aidan Joseph ffrench replied to Lauren Davis's discussion 'Can you give me a realistic picture of being a landscape architect?'
"Yes, if you're asking such questions, I sense (forgive me if I'm wrong) that you're on the wrong path: and not most appropriate fit for a profession that is more than about pretty pictures and images. LA is the most visionary,…"
Jul 12, 2014
Leslie B Wagle replied to Lauren Davis's discussion 'Can you give me a realistic picture of being a landscape architect?'
"Thanks for that...I might use it on my junior college students this very week (introduction to site planning in an arch. technology associate's degree program). A few of the current class are thinking about going on into 4 year degrees in some…"
Jan 12, 2014
Tony Harris replied to Lauren Davis's discussion 'Can you give me a realistic picture of being a landscape architect?'
"http://www.iwanttobealandscapearchitect.com/ If not too late the LI in the UK have put these few pages together which are good in giving another view of what its like being a LA but not enough public sector interviews perhaps I have never looked…"
Jan 12, 2014
mauiBob replied to Lauren Davis's discussion 'Can you give me a realistic picture of being a landscape architect?'
"You forgot to mention, if you can actually get a job as an entry-level CAD monkey."
Jan 10, 2014
mauiBob replied to Lauren Davis's discussion 'Can you give me a realistic picture of being a landscape architect?'
"If you like getting paid with peanuts...welcome to the club! If I had the chance to do it all over again as a college Freshman, I would in an instant. Yes, peanuts. Not a typo."
Jan 10, 2014
Mark Di Lucido replied to Lauren Davis's discussion 'Can you give me a realistic picture of being a landscape architect?'
"Hi Leslie My takeaway from the post was not that ‘big things’ are eventually guaranteed but that to have a decent chance at big things we need to aim high and be committed, something I’ve certainly been guilty of not doing on…"
Jan 10, 2014
Leslie B Wagle replied to Lauren Davis's discussion 'Can you give me a realistic picture of being a landscape architect?'
"Great reference article, but in a way it's even more about satisfying one's OWN "tipping point," because for the great majority of the market, they remain the same at not being clear what makes quality all the way through life,…"
Jan 10, 2014
Mark Di Lucido replied to Lauren Davis's discussion 'Can you give me a realistic picture of being a landscape architect?'
"Hi Lauren/Everyone: I think a very important part of this discussion has to involve the longer view of fulfillment and success in design and craft related professions (touched on by a few folks already). This link will get you to a post by Steve…"
Jan 10, 2014
CML replied to Lauren Davis's discussion 'Can you give me a realistic picture of being a landscape architect?'
"Based on my own personal experience be prepared for many sleepless nights fearing when, not if you will get laid off.  Just remember one thing.  ALL Engineers think they can do your job.  In their eyes you are not essential in the…"
Jan 9, 2014
J. Robert Wainner replied to Lauren Davis's discussion 'Can you give me a realistic picture of being a landscape architect?'
"CML......Well, I do agree with most of what you have stated here.  But, I sort of have to disagree with that first line of 1.  Interesting though, I remember my LA professors at A&M telling our class one day....."If you're in…"
Aug 16, 2013
CML replied to Lauren Davis's discussion 'Can you give me a realistic picture of being a landscape architect?'
"Lauren,   First of all welcome to land8!  I have read quite a few of these posts and would like to offer my own insight.  I graduated in 2004 and worked for a variety of firms after college.  The first was a small LA…"
Aug 16, 2013
Davis Walker, PLA replied to Lauren Davis's discussion 'Can you give me a realistic picture of being a landscape architect?'
"as far a s work goes for being in school, expect a lot of late nights / early mornings. I started the program at uga as a freshman with 20 people then by 5th year it was maxed out at about 70 people and the program was turning people…"
Aug 8, 2013
Emily Neuenschwander replied to Lauren Davis's discussion 'Can you give me a realistic picture of being a landscape architect?'
"You stated that there are not very many opportunities in the States here, and I'm wondering where you see there being more opportunities.  I just graduated in May of this year with my Bachelor's in Landscape Architecture form North…"
Aug 8, 2013
Laura Duplain replied to Lauren Davis's discussion 'Can you give me a realistic picture of being a landscape architect?'
"btw out of those 100 studentsI refered to I'm going to say that approx. 40% of those students I started with graduated in that profession with me four years later."
Aug 8, 2013
J. Robert Wainner replied to Lauren Davis's discussion 'Can you give me a realistic picture of being a landscape architect?'
"Well said, Laura......and I have read most of the OTHER comments posted here too....a lot of very good input here. I think the ONE "issue" that I don't really recall seeing talked about in this discussion is "Do you really have…"
Aug 8, 2013

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At 6:53pm on June 26, 2013, J. Robert Wainner said…

Hi Lauren;

Well......I recommend you just GOOGLE "Landscape Architects" and "Landscape Architecture".  Do some serious research. 

But, what Henry said, is most likely the BEST answer here.  Landscape Architecture is a very complex and misunderstood design profession. 

Good Luck!

Bob

 
 
 

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