- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470338458
- ISBN-13: 978-0470338452
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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
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This book is basically 200 pages of professional interviews. All the interviewers are asked the same exact questions. Almost all of the interviewees give the same exact answers to those questions. Many of the interviewees also try to market the firm they work for. The professionals interviewed are from various disciplines within the whole of landscape architecture, showcasing some of the broader fields a landscape architect can practice in. That part was somewhat piratical I suppose. There are a few pages (3 or 4) dedicated to building your resume, finding a program of study, interviewing for a job, etc. And some information about specific landscape architecture projects. But overall, its largely full of bland interview answers, with people talking about why they chose landscape architecture. There's not a whole lot of meat to sink your teeth in. So my experience reading it, was sort of like reading the same page over again, 200 times.
I bought this book because I plan do a Masters of Landscape Architecture, and was hoping for a really informative, in-depth, modern take on the subject. My background is in urban planning, so I already have a general understanding/idea of the landscape subject.
So that being said, I suppose you may find this book useful/informative coming from a completely non-related field, or having no knowledge of the subject whatsoever.
Reading this book was energizing for me as a landscape architecture professional, and it seems to have persuaded my son that it is the field for him too!
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I like that except for the picture in it is black and white.