Landscape Architecture

Your Career After Ball State

Earning your degree from Ball State prepares you for the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2010, all 50 states required landscape architects to be licensed.  Some states require you to pass local exams in addition to the LARE. State examinations focus on laws, environmental regulations, plants, soils, climate, and any other characteristics unique to the state.

After passing your licensing exams, you will have numerous career opportunities for employment in professional firms or public agencies in industry the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects to grow by 16% between 2010 and 2020.

You could expect to find employment in:

  • design/build companies
  • larger multidisciplinary firms
  • local park departments
  • small professional offices
  • state natural resource offices
  • federal agencies like the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service
  • urban design and redevelopment firms and agencies

Residential and commercial real estate developers, city planning commissions, and individual property owners also retain the services of landscape architects.

As a landscape architect you might find yourself in several different roles in the areas of research, program development, inventory and analysis of site elements, the preparation of design development studies, and the production of construction documents. Depending on the extent of a project, you may plan the entire arrangement of a site, including the location of buildings, grading, storm water management, construction, and planting.

As a professional in this field, you could work with or lead a team of professionals from various backgrounds including:

  • architects
  • biologists
  • ecologists
  • economists
  • engineers
  • geographers
  • geologists
  • hydrologists
  • planners
  • sociologists

Typical projects in need of landscape architects include:

  • botanical gardens
  • college campuses
  • commercial centers
  • golf courses
  • indoor environments
  • public parks and plazas
  • recreational corridors
  • residential developments
  • streetscapes and highway landscapes

Landscape architects also develop communities, conserve and restore natural resources, reclaim blighted areas, and preserve historic landscapes. You may even be involved in wetland and farmland preservation, urban and rural forestry, river corridor management, small town revitalization, and energy resource development.