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I want to be a Landscape Architect February 28, 2009

Posted by walnutsrice in inspired in design.
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I never knew I was that multi-talented – most of us have a lot of problems explaining what we really do. the common response is ‘Oh so you decide where to put trees?’

I have come to realise that the landscape has become such a natural extension of everyone’s life that they don’t even notice its presence or their relationship with the land. It is unlike buildings where you are conscious you are in it. You are always in the landscape; hence it is harder to understand how a design can influence one’s relationship to the land.

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Landscape architecture combines environment and design, art and science.  It is about everything outside the front door, both urban and rural, at the interface between people and natural systems. The range of ways in which landscape architects work is staggering. From masterplanning Olympic sites to planning and managing landscapes like national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty to designing the public squares and parks that we all use, landscape architecture nurtures communities and makes their environment human and liveable.

Landscape architects are broad thinkers who thrive on the big picture.  They are playing an increasingly important role in addressing the great issues of our day: climate change, sustainable communities, water, housing and the prevention of hunger.

Landscape architects are often natural leaders, able to communicate with many professions and leading multidisciplinary projects. Landscape architecture is not just the profession of the future – but the profession for a better future.

I think this is one of the best descriptions of a landscape architect in a long time.

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