To work as a landscape architect, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- have a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture; and
- complete an internship.
Education after high school
Landscape architects usually have at least a bachelor's degree. Most people need four or five years to complete a bachelor's degree. Many architects also have a master's degree in the field. A master's degree takes three years if you have a bachelor's degree in another field. If your bachelor's degree is in landscape architecture then you usually only need two years to complete your master's degree in that area.
Some of the courses you take in college are technical subjects, such as surveying, computer-aided drafting (CAD), and site design. You also take design courses where you work on real projects that provide hands-on experience. Other courses include the history of landscape architecture, plant science, and geology. In addition, you take general courses, such as English, math, and physical science.
Working for a landscaping service provides experience with the materials and tools of landscaping.
An internship with a landscape architecture firm provides insight into the day-to-day operations of the business. You learn how to sell your services, satisfy clients, and work within a budget.
In most states, you must work as an intern for a period, typically one to three years. As an intern, you work under the supervision of a licensed landscape architect. You prepare drawings, construction documents, or research materials. Your supervisor must sign off on your work while you are an intern.