Landscape design is the holistic process of shaping the natural and built environment to create desirable places for people to live, work and play and environments for plants and animals to thrive.
When working in the context of landscape design, Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute use their spatial design expertise to develop creative solutions to practical and aesthetic challenges relating to the landscape. Using man-made and natural materials, they design and implement solutions that reflect the identity and qualities of place while meeting the current and future needs of stakeholders in a sustainable and aesthetically coherent way.
Typical activities include:
- producing feasibility studies and site and context appraisals
- preparing written advice and recommendations
- coordinating and conducting community engagement and consultation with users/owners/managers other stakeholders
- developing design solutions and proposals
- preparing drawings and 3D visualisations to illustrate plans and proposals
- preparing detailed designs and working drawings to support tender documentation and site implementation
- participation in the tendering process, contract administration and site inspections
- specifying plants, construction materials and other elements such as street furniture
- specifying for construction of hard landscapes and the implementation of planting proposals
- managing projects and contracts
- providing advice on policy and strategy
- resource and budget assessment and planning including the preparation of cost estimates
- contributing to public inquiries and acting as an expert witness