Pay for landscape architects varies depending on skills and experience.
Graduate landscape architects usually start on about $40,000 to 60,000 a year.
After two to five years' experience they usually earn between $45,000 and $90,000.
Senior landscape architects with five to 10 years' experience can earn $80,000 or more.
Landscape architects with more than 10 years experience and those who provide specialist services, such as representing clients in the Environment Court, may earn more than this.
Source : New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects, 2017.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Landscape architects may do some or all of the following :
study sites to be developed
develop plans, sketches and models, either by computer or hand drawn
consult with the public about developments in their community
work out costs for landscape projects
develop tenders for construction projects, for example of housing and street developments, and urban parks
oversee construction works
advise clients on ways to restore and maintain outdoor areas
arrange for people to construct outdoor areas
provide landscape and visual assessments for resource consent applications.
Skills and knowledge
Landscape architects need to have :
knowledge of design principles
excellent design and planning skills, including drawing skills
skill using computer-aided design (CAD) and desktop publishing software
an understanding of how people interact with their surroundings
knowledge of plants, water processes, soils and climate
knowledge of different construction methods and materials.
Landscape architects :
usually work regular business hours but may sometimes have to work weekends
work in offices or studios and on site
work in conditions that can be noisy and dirty.
To become a landscape architect you need to have a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture or a Master of Landscape Architecture from one of three programmes accredited by the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architecture (NZILA), or a relevant overseas qualification.
A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include design and visual communication, digital technologies, education for sustainability, geography, physics, construction and mechanical technologies, and mathematics.
Landscape architects need to be :
creative and innovative
adaptable, with an eye for detail
able to inspire confidence in clients
able to work well under pressure.
Useful experience for landscape architects includes :
work with plants and gardens
building or landscape construction
planning or having an understanding of the planning system
design work or courses
accounting, budgeting or costing projects.
Landscape architects have the option of being registered with the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA).
Graduates can enter a NZILA mentoring programme to become a registered landscape architect after two to three years of practical work experience and passing an oral examination.