I’ve been meaning to do this post for a while now. I wanted to explain a little about my major. This a major that is not popular and some people haven’t even heard of it, I know I didn’t. But I wanted to talk about it to shed light on it for those who might be interested in getting into the field.
What is Landscape Architecture?
“So what is Landscape Architecture?” Well it’s just how it sound, we are Architects of the Land. While regular architects design buildings we design the land surround that building. According to the American Society of Landscape Architects also know as ASLA “Landscape architects analyze, plan, design, manage, and nurture the built and natural environments. Landscape architects have a significant impact on communities and quality of life. They design parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, and other projects that help define a community.”
I know pretty cool right! So we basically design outdoor spaces and there are many fields you can go into when it comes to Landscape architecture. Some are Urban design, public parks, residential design, stormwater management, urban and regional planning, Historic Preservation & Landscape Restoration, Commercial, Industrial, Corporate Development, and more.
Why I chose it ?
I have always been interested design. I knew I wanted to go into a field where I could express myself in some kind of design capacity. When I was little I use to sketch clothes. So naturally I thought I would go into fashion design. But then I took an Art history class in high school that also covered architecture. During that class I feel in love with architecture and seeing the beauty in building design. So that what I perused my freshman year in college. Once I started taking the classes, I just knew in my heart that wasn’t the right major for me. So I was back to the drawing board. After dropping that major I took a semester or two taking my general classes to figure out what I wanted to do next. I thought about being a business or a graphic design major, I also considered interior design which I might still get a masters in. But I saw a major online that I thought was interesting, landscape architecture. After doing some research and taking a tour at the of the landscape architecture building at my school, I was hooked! It felt right. Landscape architecture had the design aspect I was looking for but in a different way I had never thought of before. Looking back if I didn’t listen to my intuition to change my major I would have been miserable.
What are The classes like?
At the my university the classes are structured like this: You have a new studio class each semester. That studio will cover different aspects of landscape design so one semester you will be learning about regional design and the next semester you could be learning about urban design. In those studio classes we visit real sites that we go through the whole design process for. The project usually take a month and a half to finish but it depends. Some professors will give your 2 to 3 project in that semester. (I will do a separate post or video on what the design process looks like.) After you are done with the project, you present it to a group of your peers and other landscape architecture professionals.
The other classes you take are building block to help you become a well rounded landscape architect and teach you things to help with your studio projects. These classes include plant science classes , software classes like Photoshop, auto cad, sketch up. And site engineering, drawing fundamentals classes. There are also lecture classes where you learn about stromwater management and other aspects of landscape design.
Another thing I like about the major is that classes are very different and you are not just sitting hearing lectures all the time. One day you could be drawing outside, next you could be learning about plant species, or doing a site visit. Each day is different and each class is different.
That is pretty much it. A brief overview of majoring in landscape architecture. If you have any more questions feel free to comment on this post or email me personally, I would be happy to answer them!