Future career - Landscape Architecture and Planning

Once you have graduated in Landscape Architecture and Planning, there are many fields and positions related to landscape, land use and the environment open to you. Most graduates are employed by consultancy and engineering companies, planning and design agencies, district water boards, government agencies and universities. A number of graduates work for large, multinational firms such as Oranjewoud, Arcadis or Grontmij, while others are employed by small and medium sized companies or continue their career in research.

Professions

The master's programme prepares you for a career in one of the following five areas of professional practice:

Landscape Architecture

Creative designers work in the public as well as the private sector as architects or managers of the constructed landscape. Landscape architects design site and master plans for large-scale outdoor spaces, parks, recreation and activity areas, as well as elegant gardens and urban places of high aesthetic quality. They also manage landscapes of diverse scales and restore and conserve historical and cultural landscapes. Landscape architects operate in both urban and rural contexts and develop safe, sustainable and multifunctional landscape solutions.

Project Managing

As experts on the management of spatial projects, project managers focus on the development of open-ended process plans for long-term and large-scale public and private projects. They invent, guide and implement integrated projects in the field of local, regional, national and supra-national innovation.

Strategic Policy Planning

As spatial policy experts, strategic policy planners develop spatial planning concepts and strategies for public administrations or non-governmental organisations. Their knowledge also relates to the public sector for improving policies and legal frameworks for effective spatial planning, control and management of land use, space, landscape and environment.

Advising and Consulting

Spatial advisors or consultants mostly work for private companies as experts in specific spatial domains. They also operate as process facilitators, using their participatory, interactive knowledge management and decision-making skills to create innovative plans and policies.

Research

As academics, scholars, writers or social and professional critics and analysts specialised in landscape research, researchers focus on a broad field of study. They look, for example, at the interaction between landscape and society or examine the relations between policies on land use. And landscape researchers also investigate the theory, aesthetics and history of landscape architecture.

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