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Landscape Architect / Designer

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Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

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At a Glance... header image

Works as part of a team of architects, surveyors, town planners, engineers and landscape contractors to design the landscape around us, such as parks, stadiums and public squares.


The Work header image

Landscape architects plan and design all types of outdoor spaces such as recreational areas, roads and reservoirs. They also look at the settings for buildings in town and country. In towns, landscape architects may work on the grounds of hospitals, housing estates, parks and play areas. In rural areas, landscape architects work on agricultural, forest and tourist landscapes, and the grounds of power stations and industrial buildings. The design of public and private gardens may also be part of their work.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Confer with clients, engineering personnel, or architects on landscape projects.

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Prepare site plans, specifications, or cost estimates for land development.

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Analyze data on conditions such as site location, drainage, or structure location for environmental reports or landscaping plans.

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Develop marketing materials, proposals, or presentation to generate new work opportunities.

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Inspect landscape work to ensure compliance with specifications, evaluate quality of materials or work, or advise clients or construction personnel.

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Prepare graphic representations or drawings of proposed plans or designs.

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Present project plans or designs to public stakeholders, such as government agencies or community groups.

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Integrate existing land features or landscaping into designs.

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Manage the work completed by subcontractors to ensure quality control.

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Create landscapes that minimize water consumption such as by incorporating drought-resistant grasses or indigenous plants.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment:  Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Building and Construction:  Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Operations Analysis:   Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a landscape architect you must have good communication skills and work with a multi-disciplinary team as you will work with other professionals, such as architects, engineers and surveyors. You will also need to present your ideas to clients. The work requires drawing ability and a creative imagination. Landscape architects often use computers for this work. Concern for the environment is important and you must know about the characteristics of plants, soils and building materials.   
  
It is likely that you will be required to travel to landscape sites, therefore a driving licence will be important.


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Go..Landscape architect - from:  GradIreland

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Organisation: Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  Address: Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 0200
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Organisation: Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland
  Address: Cabinteely House, The Park, Cabinteely, Dublin 18
  Tel: (01) 668 4358
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Organisation: Institute of Designers in Ireland
  Address: The Digital Hub, Roe Lane, Thomas St., Dublin 8
  Tel: (01) 489 3650
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Organisation: National Botanic Gardens
  Address: Glasnevin, Dublin 9
  Tel: (01) 804 0201
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Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
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