Two thirds of South Africa’s population live in cities, characterised by dense living and interactions. Green open spaces in cities come at a very high premium and have the merits of supporting spiritual, physical and emotional wellbeing. They also have the potential to improve air quality, reduce urban heat and enable carbon sequestration. In response to these opportunities, landscape architecture involves the design of green open spaces, landmarks and structures to achieve sustainable, functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces.
Landscape architects work closely with landscape gardeners and often consult town planners, surveyors, engineers and other professionals. They work in an office environment drafting designs as well as travel to sites to plan or monitor projects.
Landscape architects require a solid understanding of architectural principles and spatial and aesthetic awareness and knowledge of plants, soils, water processes and climate, coupled with:
Design and present detailed landscape projects and plans
Conduct preliminary assessments of a site to determine specifications
Manage, conduct and monitor work on-site
Liaise with clients and other stakeholders
B.Sc. in Landscape Architecture at UP
B.Arch.Stud. specialising in Landscape Architecture at UCT
B.LA. (Hons), M.LA. at UCT and UP
Diploma in Landscape Architecture at CPUT
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Landscape Technology at TUT
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Architectural Technology at DUT and NMU
Provincial and local government.
Building contractor and construction companies.