Landscape Architecture



What is Landscape Architecture?

Landscape architecture is a big-picture, broad reaching discipline which plays a significant role in shaping the public domain of the urban environment, particularly in the face of the challenges of global urbanisation and climate change. Landscape architects engage in design projects which aim to balance the protection of ecosystem health with cultural diversity and social equity. They operate at a range of scales, from site to metropolitan region, integrating design with technology and engineering to create and sustain inclusive, beautiful and resilient landscapes. Landscape architects play leadership roles on multidisciplinary teams engaged in complex urban projects. High profile local urban projects, such as Sydney Park and Barangaroo Reserve in Sydney, are just two examples of the transformative impact that landscape architecture has in contemporary cities. 

What is the role of a Landscape Architect?

As a Landscape Architect, you will work on public and private outdoor spaces throughout cities and towns. The types of projects you will work on include urban parks and plazas, green corridors, walls and green roofs, neighbourhood precincts, streetscapes and highways, urban waterfronts and conservation projects.

“I chose the UNSW Built Environment landscape architecture program as it is highly regarded and recognised in the industry.”

Alumnus Elke Haege, owner of Elke Haege Landscape Architects

Why study Landscape Architecture at UNSW Built Environment?

  • Your degree and your skills will carry a prestige that has global impact
  • You’ll leave UNSW with skills and knowledge that will make you employable anywhere in Australia, anywhere in the world
  • You will have the opportunity to work in private practice, in federal, state and local governments or in universities
  • Most of our sessional academic staff are in private practice. They help you connect to current projects and provide insights into the diverse professional pathways available to landscape architects. 
  • Your degree has an embedded honours year, adding prestige and research expertise to your qualification
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake an independent research project

Gain unique practical work experience

An important component of the UNSW Landscape Architecture degree is the four months mandatory work experience.
This exposes you to the real world needs of the landscape architecture practice and provides you with the opportunity to gain further practical knowledge and apply the skills you learn at UNSW. Most importantly, you’ll be surrounded by industry colleagues who can help develop your skills and your professional networks. 

International Opportunities
There are many international opportunities for students enrolled with UNSW Landscape Architecture.  Take advantage of the UNSW global network of exchange programs and spend up to one year studying overseas. Recently students have studied at the following schools: Penn State University; University of Calfornia at Berkeley; Purdue University, and Sheffield University in England.
Travel with other students by enrolling in an interdisciplinary international studio. Every year, our students have the option of traveling to Italy or Cambodia with students from Architecture and Interior Architecture to study and explore new urban environments.
Or simply enjoy the global diversity at UNSW: many staff are from overseas; and every year, students from other countries undertake their exchange programs with us.  
Contemporary and critical projects
Recent students have worked on real and complex urban projects such as a masterplan for the City of Gosford, a new city to accommodate Sydney's second airport at Badgery’s Creek and the Bay's Precinct in Sydney Harbour.
UNSW Landscape Architecture gives you the opportunity to engage in real-life environmental challenges while you study.

History + Innovation = Prestige

Innovation is central to  UNSW Landscape Architecture.  In 1974 UNSW was the first Australian university to offer a course in landscape architecture.
Over the last 40 years, many of our graduates have become industry leaders, and collectively won many  awards.  Many others have pursued careers overseas, or extended their studies by pursuing a post-graduate degree. 
Today, UNSW has the only four year Landscape Architecture degree in NSW fully accredited by the internationally recognised Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). Once you graduate and complete work experience, you may qualify to become a registered Landscape Architect. 

Your career opportunities

Studying Landscape Architecture at UNSW Built Environment means you will gain a wide range of skills.
From design and visual communication, to plant knowledge, innovative materials and ground breaking technologies, environmental legislation and landscape management to legal issues, contracts, ethics and tendering, our course engages you in the knowledge and practical skills to give you the opportunity to work in diverse career streams such as:
  • Start your own practice, planning new developments or private estates
  • Planning, designing and managing parks and public infrastructure
  • Designing green roofs and vertical gardens for sustainable buildings
  • Designing and building recreation facilities such as golf courses, sports grounds, playgrounds and theme parks
  • Planning subdivisions and town centres
  • Creating urban designs such as public squares, waterfronts, pedestrian paths and cycleways
  • Ecological design that minimises environmental stress.

Be trained for a global career that has an impact

The emphasis of the UNSW Landscape Architecture program is on creative landscape design inspired by and responsive to Australian conditions. This approach prepares you to work anywhere in the world.  
At UNSW Landscape Architecture, you will
  • Spend approximately one third of your time in design studios 
  • Spend approximately two thirds of your time learning diverse skills such as communication, technology, construction and history
  • Learn from experienced practitioners and academics
  • Extend your design skills through modelling, experimentation, digital technologies, and exposure to best practice
  • Connect with professionals and consolidate your knowledge and skills with four months of work experience
  • Undertake an independent design project of regional significance.

UNSW can kick start your global impact

During your study with UNSW Built Environment you will have the opportunity to go on an international exchange program. UNSW has over 200 exchange partners from 39 countries so you literally have the world at your disposal. Once you have gained practical local knowledge and international experience while studying, the only question left is…which city in which country do I want to change? Click here for international ooportunities. 

Page Last Updated: 26 Oct 2016