Becoming a Landscape ArchitectA Guide to Careers in Design
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
FOREWORD BY PERRY HOWARD. PREFACE. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. 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. CHAPTER NOTES. INDEX.
"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)
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.
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.
Becoming a Landscape Architect answers these key questions: What do landscape architects do? What are the educational requirements for a landscape architect? How does one become a licensed landscape architect? What is the future of the landscape architectural profession? Here is the completely up-to-date guide to today's careers in landscape architecture—a clear and concise survey of the landscape architecture field and advice for navigating a successful career. Filled with interviews and advice from leading landscape architects, it covers everything from educational requirements and design specialties to licensure information and the many directions in which a career in landscape architecture can go.
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