Landscape Architect – Job Description
Title: Landscape Architect
Reports to: President
The Landscape Architect works within the construction industry and is involved with planning, designing, and sometimes onsite direction of a landscape, garden or other outdoor space. He or she works closely with the client and users to ensure that projected designs match their needs, and are functional, safe and economical. The Landscape Architect controls a project from start to finish and works with a number of construction professionals, including surveyors, producing drawings and specifications that the construction team may follow. This person is involved from the earliest stages of a landscaping project, starting with marketing of services, developing ideas with the client, establishing budgets, assessing the needs of the building and its impact within the local environment.
- Quality Orientation
- Time Management
- Creative and Innovative Thinking
- Effective Service Marketing
- Development and Continual Learning
- Problem Solving
- Accountability and Dependability
- Research and Analysis
- Decision Making and Judgement
- Operating Equipment
- Providing Consultation
- Ethics and Integrity
- Planning and Organizing
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Enforcing Laws, Rules and Regulations
- Mediating and Negotiating
- Coaching and Mentoring
- Energy and Stress
- Team Work
- Marketing of landscape design and installation services.
- Design, plan, and supervise the construction of landscapes, gardens etc.
- Responsible for the safety, usefulness, and aesthetics of their designs.
- Design landscapes that satisfy their clients' needs while conforming to the laws and regulations of the areas in which the designs will be built.
- Discuss the objectives, requirements and budget of a project.
- Consult with other professionals about the design of an environment.
- Prepare and present feasibility reports and design proposals to the client.
- Advise the client on the practicality of their project.
- Assist with site selection.
- Use IT tools in designing and project management, specifically using software packages such as Computer Aided Design (CAD).
- Keep within financial budgets and deadlines.
- Produce detailed workings, drawings and specifications.
- Specify the nature and quality of materials required.
- Prepare tender applications and presentations.
- Negotiate with contractors and other professionals.
- Prepare applications for planning and building control departments.
- Prepare tender documents for contracts.
- Project manage and co-coordinate the work of contractors.
- Control the projects from start to finish.
- Complete regular site visits to check on progress, ensuring that the project is running on time and to budget.
- Resolve problems and issues that arise during construction.
- Ensure that the environmental impact of the project is limited.
- Discuss the objectives, requirements, and budget of the project.
- Provide various predesigned services which may include conducting feasibility and environmental impact studies, selecting a site, or specifying the requirements the design must meet.
- Prepare drawings and present ideas for the client to review.
- Develop final construction plans that show the landscape's appearance as well as details for its construction.
- Follow building codes, zoning laws, fire regulations, and other ordinances.
- Make necessary changes throughout the planning process.
- Prepare information regarding design, structure specifications, materials, colour, equipment, estimated costs, and construction time.
- Consult with client to determine functional and spatial requirements of design.
- Direct activities of workers engaged in preparing drawings and specification documents.
- Plan layout of project.
- Prepare contract documents for building contractors.
- Prepare scale drawings.
- Integrate engineering element into unified design.
- Conduct periodic on-site observation of work during construction to monitor compliance with plans.
- Administer construction contracts.
- Represent client in obtaining bids and awarding construction contracts.
- Prepare operating and maintenance manuals, studies, and reports.
- Degree in Landscape Architecture.
- 5 Years of landscape architecture and urban design experience.
- Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office * Experience working with contractors and an awareness of the construction process.
- Strong presentation, oratory, and verbal skills.
- Able to communicate ideas and recommendations to non-engineer team members in a clear manner.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Canadian Architectural standards.
- Demonstrated knowledge of codes for the operation’s geographical area required.
- Able to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with all levels of the organization, including executives.
- Strong problem identification and problem resolution skills.
- Able to apply the right mathematical methods and formulas to problem solving.
- Able to create alternative solutions to problems.
- Excellent time management and project management skills.
- High level of sound and independent judgment and reasoning.
- Ability to interpret and implement company policies and procedures.
- Demonstrated ability to exercise necessary cost control measures.
- Effective leadership skills required.
- Some travel may be required.
- Ability to attend and conduct presentations.
- Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals.
- Ability to physically implement designs.
- Overtime as required.
- May be exposed to construction sites.
- Weekend work may be required.
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