Getting the best from your L.A
The work of landscape architects is both in the creation of new
landscapes - urban, rural, residential or public - and in the
management and conservation of natural and heritage landscapes.
They have a passion for the landscape, for its care, and for its
enhancement by design.
The type of work landscape architects are involved with varies
enormously, and many landscape architectural firms specialise only
in certain aspects of the profession. It's important that you
select a landscape architect that has the right skills for your
The following tips will help you choose a landscape architect
that is right for you:
- Select a landscape architect that has the skills and experience
relevant to the work you require them to undertake. If necessary,
ask to see a list of projects they have been involved with that
have similar attributes to your requirements.
- Engage the landscape architect early. Although the bulk of the
work you require them to do may be in the latter stages of a
project, early involvement in the project will often save time and
money in the long run, especially if they are to be part of a
- Ask the landscape architect lots of questions, and expect them
to ask lots back.
- Clearly communicate your ideas and your brief. Try to tell the
landscape architect everything you can about the vision for your
project - and any constraints they need to work within.
- Don't be afraid to push back ideas or suggest your own
alternatives. The best solutions always come through an iterative
- Understand your budget constraints, and clearly communicate
- Find a landscape architect that you can relate to and easily
- Ensure that you have a detailed 'Offer of Service' or 'Fee
Proposal' in place before the landscape architect commences