Landscape Architects are qualified professionals who focus on the use of our land, how we interact places, and how ecologies can be enhanced through sustainable design. Landscape Architects create places to live, work and play; design places for creatures and flora to thrive; and develop strategies to enhance water quality.
A Landscape Architect can be a
- Landscape Designer,
- Garden Designer,
- Consultant for large multi-disciplinary projects like a new motorway,
- Assist with Resource Consent applications,
- Report on the impacts on a landscape for an Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE)
- Act as an ‘Expert Witness’ to present evidence in Environment Court.
To be a Landscape Architect students must complete an accredited course. Only three Universities in New Zealand offer the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and higher qualifications; Lincoln University, Victoria University and UNITEC.
The New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA) is the internationally recognised professional body of qualified landscape architects in New Zealand.