"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
"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)
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The growing demand for incorporating natural elements into man-made environments has led to increasing recognition of landscape architecture design by other members of the building industry. Society has also recognized the importance of restoring and preserving sensitive natural environments. As a result, landscape architecture is one of the fastest growing fields, experiencing a higher-than-average¿expansion rate as an industry.
If you're looking for a guide to making it in the landscape architecture profession, Becoming a Landscape Architect is your go-to book, introducing you to the individuals, tools, and trends that are shaping this field. Author Kelleann Foster provides an essential resource for anyone considering a career in the field and looks at the many areas of landscape architecture, covering everything from the education and training you'll need, practice opportunities to consider, and what it takes to become a successful landscape architect.
In addition to expert guidance, you'll find behind-the-scenes looks at groundbreaking projects and personal interviews with cutting-edge professionals that are included in each chapter. You'll read:
How Gerdo Aquino, Managing Principal of the SWA Group, uses CAD, GIS, and visual simulation to transform hand drawings into state-of-the-art computer drawings
How the Tilson Group designs and builds million-dollar properties
What Emmanuel Thingue, senior landscape architect of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, looks for when hiring landscape architects
How Cindy Tyler, principal of Terra Designs, collaborates with horticulturists, water feature designers, sculptors, artists, architects, and engineers
How Edward Blake of The Landscape Studio uses GPS technology in the design process
You'll also learn about specific exciting designs throughout the world, many award-winning, from a zoo to an urban waterfront park to a major land plan in China, including a project completed by university undergraduate students.
With over 250 striking illustrations and a wealth of information, Becoming a Landscape Architect is your portal to a dream career in landscape architecture.