Studies & Degrees in Landscape Architecture
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Landscape Architecture is one of the newer disciplines being offered for environment-related professions in different colleges worldwide. Landscape architects, who are the practitioners of this field, are usually required to finish two or four year courses as well as pass licensure examinations that would allow them to start their own practice on said field.
Despite the discipline being a relatively new one in a classroom environment, the art, science and philosophy of Landscape Architecture had been applied centuries ago by the Romans themselves. This is obvious enough in the grid-like design of the streets of most Roman towns. The purpose of landscape architecture then is to design places that would not only be pleasing to the eyes but would also provide comfort to the people who would be visiting said places.
Because of the wide variety of other disciplines that a landscape architect must deal with in their line of work, it is not surprising for them to be experts of several applications at the same time. Landscape Architecture is known to involve other sciences from geology to mathematics, the arts and even some of the social sciences. This would ensure the landscape architect, or ‘place makers’ as they can be called, to be able to design environments that would maximize all the positive points of a certain area while using their knowledge, coupled with man-made materials to make the area even better than when they have started out.
Landscape architects are usually concerned with the designs and location for parks, buildings and other infrastructure and even work environments. Keeping in mind ecological issues in mapping out their designs, it is also considered a great concern in Landscape Architecture to leave as much of the natural state of an environment unmoved, along with the plants and animals already existing there.
There are of course several specialized fields a landscape architect may train for. One of them would be landscape designing. This field has to do with the designs of fields with plants and other kinds of vegetation. Landscape designers are quite similar to garden designers and they do not have to be registered as practitioners of said field.
Landscape scientists are those who specialize in the scientific fields that Landscape Architecture is concerned with. This would include botany and geology among others. The job of a landscape scientist would be to conduct a survey on the area being targeted for development and determining the impact the project would have on the ecological balance of that particular area. This is important since developers would not want to kill off the species already existing in that place.
Still another specialization a landscape architect might be concerned with is landscape planning, which is concerned with the different aspects of a certain area, whether located in the city or the country. This would include location, the scenic value and other aspects of a certain place to be developed for the recreation of people. In other words, landscape planning would involve looking out for a place that can be developed for the use of many people.
Once an area has been chosen to be developed, a landscape manager would be needed to make decisions about the maintenance of the area. Nature conservation, agriculture and forestry are other fields that a landscape manager would be busy with.