How to Become a Landscape Architect?

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If you want to pursue Landscape Architecture then you must know what a Landscape Architect does. In order to become a landscape architect, you must have a passion for nature, a creative flair, and work with your hands. Other than that, strong writing and researching skills are also necessary for this profession. Landscape architects are the people who apply their skills to design parks and the outdoor spaces of campuses, recreational facilities, businesses, private homes, and other open spaces. Interested in knowing more about this dynamic profession? Then continue reading this blog on how to become a landscape architect. 

Course Overview

Study and practise designing an environment that includes outdoor and indoor of an array of scale that has elements of art, environment, architecture, engineering, and sociology. Moreover, these Landscape architects are also responsible for designing spaces that are necessary for creating and enabling the life between the buildings or infrastructure. 

Eligibility Requirements for a Landscape Architect

The steps to pursue Landscape Architecture are as follows: 

  • First you need to opt for science stream after 10th class that means higher secondary school with science stream from a recognised board. 
  • Then you are required to earn a Bachelor’s degree in the relevant subjects. 
  • Further you are required to apply as an Architect. 
  • Then you train yourself for various skills that are required for landscape architecture
  • Then you need to get yourself registered /licensed as an Architect.
  • Thereafter earn a professional certification followed by earning a master’s degree. 

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Application Process for a Landscape Architect

The application process is by filling up the exams and then getting a good score. These exams or entrance exams are as follows:

  1. GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test Engineering)
  2. CEED (Common Entrance Examination for Design)
  3. TANCET (Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test)
  4. AMU M. Arch. Entrance Exam
  5. CEPT (Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology) Entrance Exam
  6. Anna University Entrance Exam
  7. VNIT M. Arch. Entrance Exam

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The syllabus may vary depending upon different colleges and universities. Given below is an overview of the syllabus for 4 semesters :

  • Natural Sciences
  • Landscape Technology 2
  • Landscape Technology 1
  • Theory of Landscape Architecture 2
  • Theory of Landscape Architecture 1
  • Landscape Professional Practice
  • Plants and Design
  • Regional Landscape Planning
  • Landscape Design Studio 1
  • Landscape Design Studio 2
  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2
  • Landscape Materials
  • Ecology and Ecosystem Analysis Indigenous Plants
  • Landscape Irrigation
  • Critical Appraisal – Contemporary Landscapes
  • Landscape Lighting
  • Landscape and Urbanism
  • Landscape Architecture and Allied Arts 
  • Landscape Architecture & Allied Arts
  • Landscape Conservation Dissertation
  • Environmental Legislation and Economics
  • Professional Training
  • Landscape Management  
  • Research Paper  
  • Landscape Design Studio 3  
  • Elective 3  
  • Land Information Systems and Computer Application
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Energy Efficient Landscapes  
  • Landscape Computer Graphics

Colleges Abroad for Landscape Architecture

There are many well-known colleges abroad that provide some of the best courses in landscape architecture.

Name of the colleges/universities World QS Ranking 
University of Florida  162
The University of Greenwich 751-800
University of New South Wales – Australia 43
Cornell University – USA 21
Purdue University, West Lafayette  701-750
University of California, Berkeley  40
University of Gloucestershire 
Queensland University of Technology  701-750
University of Connecticut  373
University of Illinois  82

Colleges in India for Landscape Architecture

For candidates who are interested in pursuing this course from India, here are is a list of top colleges offering courses on Landscape Architecture.

Name of the colleges  Fees 
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) INR 50,000
National Institute of Technology (NIT) INR 2,00,000
School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) INR 55,000
Jadavpur University INR 4,800
Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMI) INR 40,250
Sir JJ College of Architecture (SJJCA) INR 10,000
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University INR 2,60,000
Manipal University (MU) INR 1,19,000
Anna University (AU) INR 42,900
Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) INR 8,00,000

Role and responsibility of a Landscape Architect

Your work as a landscape architect would mainly consist of the following roles and responsibilities:

  • You are required to meet Meet clients, engineers, and building architects in order to understand the requirements of a project
  • Then your responsibility involves preparing site plans, specifications, and cost estimates
  • Then you need to coordinate the arrangement ,features and structures of land and buildings
  • Further you may prepare for graphic representations of plans with designing and drafting by computers.
  • Furthermore you are required to select appropriate landscaping materials.

Salary of a Landscape Architect

The average annual salary provided to landscape architects is INR 5,159,690.4. The annual salary for landscape architects in the fields are as follows 

Government INR 6,582,771.1
Construction INR 5,301,775.3
Architectural, engineering, and related services INR 5,216,970.7
Landscaping services INR 4,518,448.6


What does landscape architecture include?

Landscape architecture includes designing attractive and functional public parks, gardens, playgrounds, residential areas, college campuses, and public spaces.

What are the types of landscape architecture?

Ans. The different types of landscape architecture are:
Urban design.
Public parks.
Urban squares.
Green belt.
School gardens and grounds.
Living roofs and roof gardens and many more. 

How much money do landscape architects make?

Many students pursue landscape architecture because it’s a highly paid job. Landscape architects get a salary of more than INR 4,965,532.5 per year. 

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