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?
“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
History + Innovation = Prestige
Your career opportunities
- 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
- 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.