Becoming a Landscape Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design
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Explore exciting options for a career in landscape architecture

Blending aesthetics and environmental consciousness, landscape architecture is one of the fastest growing fields, according to the US Department of Labor. Becoming a Landscape Architect gives you a comprehensive survey of the field as it is practiced today, and explains how to get started and how to succeed in this exciting, creative, and in-demand profession.

Featuring more than thirty-five interviews with leading landscape architects and more than 250 illustrations, the guide covers everything an aspiring landscape architect needs to know- from education and training, design specialties, and work settings to preparing an effective portfolio and finding a job in residential, ecological, commercial, and parks design.

  • Complete guide to the profession of landscape architecture, one of today's fastest growing fields
  • More than thirty-five interviews with leading landscape designers and educators give you an idea of what it's really like to work as a landscape architect
  • Over 250 striking illustrations and a lively interior make the book visually appealing as well as informative
  • Explains different educational paths and their prerequisites and requirements
  • Author Kelleann Foster is Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head, Department of Landscape Architecture, Pennsylvania State University and Managing Partner, Visual Interactive Communications Group


Kelleann Foster, RLA, ASLA, is Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Pennsylvania State University. She is a registered landscape architect and managing partner of the Visual Interactive Communications Group.





Introduction to the Profession of Landscape Architecture.

Landscape Architectural Design.

Practice Opportunities.

The Future of Landscape Architecture.

Design Education.

APPENDIX A Resources.

APPENDIX B Selected References.

APPENDIX C Professionals and Students Interviewed for This Book.




"As a practicing landscape architect and educator, Kelleann Foster has both the experience and academic knowledge to guide potential students in this quickly expanding field of design. In this practical handbook, she presents an overview of landscape architecture, touching on its definition and background, prior to a survey of the broad opportunities of work for diverse interests. The text contains a review of cutting-edge trends and technology in such careers. She concludes with advice on preparation for college; the different types of landscape architecture programs; the importance of internships in the educational experience; professional licensing; and a list of schools offering accredited programs." (Chicago Botanic Garden, 2010)

"The book includes every career type, from academic to national park designer, from a solo garden designer to an associate in the largest private landscape architecture and planning firm. Becoming a Landscape Architect is a solid and singular introduction to the range of landscape architecture work and what it takes in education and licensure to get there." (Landscape Architecture, May 2010)