People enjoy attractively designed gardens, public parks, playgrounds, residential areas, college campuses, and public spaces. Landscape architects design these areas so that they are not only functional but also beautiful and harmonious with the natural environment. Landscape architects also plan the locations of buildings, roads, walkways, flowers, shrubs, and trees within these environments.
Landscape architects use several different technologies in their work. For example, through the use of computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software, landscape architects prepare models of their proposed work. They then present these models to clients for feedback to demonstrate the final look of the project. Many landscape architects also use geographic information systems (GIS), which allow them to present data visually as maps, reports, and charts.
Landscape architects undertake projects that seek to enhance the natural beauty of a space and provide environmental benefits. They may plan the restoration of natural places disturbed by humans, such as wetlands, streams, and mined areas. They may also design “green roofs” or rooftop gardens that can retain storm water, absorb air pollution, and cool buildings while also providing pleasant scenery. Managing storm water runoff is another important part of many landscape architectural plans because it protects clean water sources and natural ecosystems from pollutants. Landscape architects also play a role in preserving and restoring historic landscapes.
UC Berkeley Resources Available for Job Searches
- LAEP Student Jobs + Interships: Job and Internship opportunities given to the department from employers and individuals.
- Career Center Website: Information on career fields in environmental design, including job listing sites, career profiles and information on professional development.
- CareerMail: Want to get timely information about jobs, internships, employer events, professional school, workshops, and more aimed specifically at Cal students interested in environmental design? To sign up for CareerMail, login to Callisto, select "My Profile" and then the "Privacy" tab.
- CED Undergraduate Advising Blog: Enrichment opportunities and announcements from the office of undergraduate advising. This blog has tons of opportunities to get involved including internships, jobs, volunteer work, leadership and more! Check it out to stay informed!
- CED Connects: CED Connects is an online networking resource connecting CED students with alumni who might provide advice, information, and support. As a student, you can gain perspective on your long-term career goals; acquire advice on balancing education, career, and extracurricular activities; and receive honest feedback and encouragement.
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