-Written By Alan Tathanhlong
Landscape architecture is a multi-disciplinary field, incorporating aspects such as botany, the fine arts, architecture, industrial design, environmental psychology, geography and much more. Landscape architects work on structures and external spaces with limitations toward the landscape or park aspect of the design (large or small, urban, suburban and rural), and uses either built and/or planted materials. The most valuable contribution can be made at the first stage of a project to generate ideas with technical understanding and creative flair for the design, organization, and use of spaces. The landscape architect can conceive the overall concept and prepare the master plan, which detailed design drawings and technical specifications are prepared. They can also review proposals to authorize and supervise contracts for the construction work. Landscape architects are responsible for many projects in the world, such as the Vigeland Sculpture garden in Oslo, Norway and the Escorial Formal palace garden in Madrid, Spain. Other projects that landscape architects are able to work on include recreation facilities, town and city squares, reservoirs, and recreations of historical landscapes.