Landscape Architecture- Matt Foster, City Builder Academy


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Landscape Architecture- Matt Foster, City Builder Academy

  1. 1. What is landscape architecture? What do landscape architects do? How do you become a landscape architect? What about pay and conditions?
  2. 2. People have been changing their view for thousands of years
  3. 3. Landscape architects create brand new places: Olympic Park, London
  4. 4. Landscape architects create great public spaces: Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
  5. 5. Landscape architects fight climate change by creating urban green spaces: Peace Gardens, Sheffield
  6. 6. Landscape architects work on large, technically complex projects: Liverpool waterfront
  7. 7. Landscape architects design parks and playschemes: Centenary Gardens, Manchester
  8. 8. Landscape architects create visionary places that revive the local economy: Eden Project, Cornwall
  9. 9. Landscape architects restore the heart of the city: St Andrew Square, Edinburgh
  10. 10. Landscape architects create great places to relax: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
  11. 11. From New York to New Zealand, you can work anywhere in the world: the High Line, New York
  12. 12. Landscape architects create sustainable, ecologically balanced places: Playscape, Ealing
  13. 13. Landscape architects create inspiring spaces for everyone: Sheffield Gold Route
  14. 14. How do you become a landscape architect?  Landscape architecture and management are degree-level subjects so you need to complete a university course  Courses specialise in different areas; some focus on art and design others on areas like planning, management and ecology. There is a course and a university to suit everyone  Most design courses are studio-based and students may be model-making, drawing, sketching, making short films and using a range of software to create their designs.  All courses involve getting out and about and exploring the environment, the way in which it works, its usage, and its potential.
  15. 15. How do you become a landscape architect?  There are roughly a dozen universities in the UK offering degrees in landscape architecture and landscape management  It takes 3-5 years to complete the qualifications you need to enter the profession
  16. 16. How do you become a landscape architect?  Several universities (though not all) also require an interview and portfolio  Every course is different, don’t just look at the university league tables. Visit the institution, meet the staff and talk to current students before making a decision
  17. 17. How do you become a landscape architect?  Accredited universities are independentlyapproved by the Landscape Institute and meet rigorous professional standards  There are universities in most major cities in the UK and several in smaller towns  All universities offer slightly different courses, with their own distinct emphasis, so you can choose the one that best suits you
  18. 18. Where to study  Edinburgh College of Art  Leeds Metropolitan University  Sheffield University  Sheffield Hallam  Manchester Metropolitan University  Birmingham City University  University of Gloucestershire  University of Bath  Cranfield University  Writtle School of Design  Kingston University (London)  University of Greenwich (London)  Hadlow College
  19. 19. Entry requirements and subjects  Entry Requirements: typically you will need to have a minimum of 260-280 UCAS points or two Bs and a C at A-Level .  There are no ‘fixed’ subjects required although subjects like Art, Design, Graphics, Geography, Biology and English are useful  You don’t need to have Maths or Physics beyond GCSE  Most universities are happy to offer a foundation year in art and design or accept students who have already undertaken a foundation year
  20. 20. Employment and pay  LAs are well paid chartered professionals with average salaries of £30-40,000 per annum.  Some very senior figures in the private sector can earn substantially more.  However, it’s not just about the money. Landscape is regularly recognised as one of the most rewarding areas to work in.
  21. 21. Employment and pay  Landscape architecture is a very evenly split profession in gender terms. 50% of landscape architects are women  Roughly 60% of landscape architects work for private practices  While 40% work in the public sector for local or regional government bodies
  22. 22. Questions?
  23. 23. A project designed and managed by the Landscape Institute and supported by CABE Space