A landscape Designer – Environment and Architecture

landscape designing

landscape Designer, the dream yard maker

Imagine yourself walking down a garden. You are walking in all green, breathing fresh air while you can’t stop fixating on this one idea that you got. The idea that with some human intervention, the park would look even better and yet be all green and sustain its current ecology. If this is something that happens to you a lot, then a bright future of Landscape Designer awaits you.

But before dwelling more into this, let us go through the ABC’s of Landscape Design. Landscape Designer is less of a job, more of an art. An art where you present the best possible version of a small garden or lawn. It may sound easy when you read it but there goes a lot into presenting a green space which is in itself complete.

Know How’s

Let’s go through the requirements, shall we? To be a Landscape Designer you need,

  • Some formal or informal training of designing. If you cannot design your ideas, put on paper or digitally display to present it, no one will hire you.
  • Working knowledge of botany. In the end, you will have to incorporate plants into your design and to play with plants and the materials that you will be using. You would have to know when or how and in what exact conditions does a plant grow well and according to your plan.
  • Some knowledge of chemistry. Soil and minerals available at the site have a lot to do with what you want and can build. And the thing that binds all of it is Chemistry.
  • A working knowledge of Geography and Topography. The geographical location of the site, the availability of resources and amenities, water, groundwater, local and nearby weather conditions; all should be taken into account while designing a landscape. All of these factors affect your design and incorporation of the right things become necessary here.  
  • Some zoology. You will have to keep in mind that you do not want to affect the life forms inhabitant there. A knowledge of their life and the necessary things required for them to live and grow should be known and put into your design.
  • The ability to work within a given budget.

How to study landscape designing

To start off, first get yourself acquainted with the subject at hand. It is not one but a lot of them so think about it properly and make your call.

  India

In India, there are a few colleges providing with a Bachelors course in Landscape Designing. So check them out and choose the one you prefer and get straight to its admission. You also have a lot of options for PG in Landscape Designing. It ranges from Diploma course to a proper Master’s degree in the said field.

  USA

In the USA, the first step is to earn a degree. Undergraduate programs in landscape design, horticulture, or any other related field prepares students, through classes in drawing, horticulture, planting design, construction principles, and landscape maintenance. Students are required to complete the course with some other projects as well. This also presents students with the opportunities for full-time internships. Students may also take courses in business management, bidding, estimation, and contracts.

49 of the 50 states require landscape architects to be licensed. Before taking the licensing exam, an aspiring landscape architect must have four years of supervised experience in the field along with their Bachelor’s Degree. All graduates are required to take a licensing exam administered by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration before working as an architect. Licensing exams focus on soils, plants, laws, environmental regulations and other requirements that may be unique to the state granting your license.

Opportunities you can get

After getting your proper certification or Licencing, you can start at a firm to get your grip over Landscape Designing. Starting off on your can be troublesome. The more projects you do, the better you will be at your job, and if you do it yourself in the start, you are bound to make some mistake and end up paying instead of gaining money. Or you could end up under-estimating your budget and ruining your client’s satisfaction. So starting off in a firm or under a professional Landscape Designer seems to be the right way.

After that, you can start off with some small personal projects. And when you think the time is right (if you think so), you can branch out and work on your own as a solo Designer or Open a firm of your own. Even this seems a good option. And in any of the scenarios, working alone on a project is not something you can achieve. So you can hire new Graduates in the said field or hire interns which in turn lets you teach as well and mentor young minds in the field of Landscape Designing.

Work aspects

When it comes to Landscape Designing, a lot of work is incorporated into it. Some of them are

  • Public parks or Gardens

The thing with public parks or gardens is that there is a lot of green but it is not clean or doesn’t look appealing. So designing something that keeps all the nitty gritty of the park intact, is useful as a park and is also visually stimulating.

  • Private Commissions

There are a lot of privately owned places where Landscape designing plays a big role. It can be applied to malls, Hotels, private beaches, mansions, Villas, etc. With having a big piece of architecture, many people like an element of green and life added to it for that Earthly touch.

Pay

In India, the average salary of a Landscape Designer is somewhere around Rs 4,28,601 per year. At the start of the career, the salary is expected to be 19% less than the stipulated amount. While in mid-career, it should be around 40% more than what is stated.

In the USA, the average salary is near $47,694 a year. The average pay range for a Landscape Design varies little (about $18,500), which suggests that regardless of location, there are not many opportunities for increased pay or advancement, even with several years of experience.  

Conclusion

In totality, Landscape Designing is a fun and fascinating career opportunity. It involves outside work, human interaction, an essence of nature, creativity, budgeting and a knowledge of nearly everything. From rocks to rain, water to stones, birds, and insects to animals. Landscape Designing involves everything.

Before I have to bid a goodbye, if you like challenging work that keeps both your creative and practical mind on its toes while it also demands physical ability, Landscape Designing is probably your cup of tea. Or it is like the garden where your mind can go all berserk.

So until the next time, keep creating gardens and designing landscapes.

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