The Landscape Guide

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Students: welcome to landscape architecture!

Landscape Architecture is a profession with notable achievements, brilliant opportunities for the future - and a need for recruits. The best statement of the landscape profession's position and prospects comes from Geoffrey and Susan Jellicoe's masterly book on the Landscape of Man (Thames and Husdon, 1975):

"The world is moving into a phase when landscape design may well be recognized as the most comprehsive of the arts. Man creates around him an environment that is a projection into nature of his abstract ideas. It is only in the present century that the collective landscape has emerged as a social necessity. We are promoting a landscape art on a scale never conceived of in history"

Also remember the words of Daniel Burnham "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized, make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die". [Daniel H Burnham is usually quoted has having said "Make no small plans" and perhaps he used both phrases].


A landscape education equips you for the following:

  1. To join the landscape profession
  2. For a career which requires the ability to make proposals involving: design judgement, decision-making, technology and costs. In many ways a landscape architecture education is a better foundation for a business career than a liberal arts degree or a science degree.
  3. For a number of careers related to the landscape profession
  4. For stepping sideways into architecture, town planning, urban design or civil engineering.

Even within the landscape architecture profession, there are many opportunities for career specialisation. See our introductory section on landscape architecture.

But even if you decide to follow a career outside landscape architecture, you wil find that a landscape education has taught you a valuable set of transferrable skills. You should learn how to:

  • Evaluate a problem
  • Develop a creative solution
  • Give a well-illustrated verbal account of your solution
  • Produce presentational and technical drawings to support your design
  • Use a wide range of computer applications
  • Gain a good liberal education in the arts, social sciences and natural sciences.

There are few other university programmes which offer such a wide range of skills.