What is an Intern Landscape Architect? What Do Landscape Architects Do?

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An Intern Landscape Architect is an Associate who has been accepted by the Board into the admission program for Membership in the Society, and on such acceptance, and while in good standing, the applicant is entitled to use the designation "BCSLA Intern".


Landscape architects plan and design landscapes and open spaces for projects such as, parks, schools, institutions, roads, external areas for commercial, industrial and residential sites, and plan and monitor their construction, maintenance, management and rehabilitation.


The work of a Landscape Architect includes:

·         Developing new or improved theories and methods and providing advice on policy related to landscape architecture;

·         Reviewing sites and consulting clients, management and other stakeholders to determine type, style and size of proposed buildings, parks, roads and other open spaces;

·         Compiling and analyzing site and community data about geographical and ecological features, landforms, soils, vegetation, site hydrology, visual characteristics and human-made structures, to formulate land use and development recommendations, feasibility studies and environmental impact statements;

·         Preparing reports, strategic plans, site plans, working drawings, specifications and budget estimates for land development, showing location and details of proposals, including ground modeling, structures, vegetation and access;

·         Writing specifications and contract documents for use by builders and civil engineering contractors and calling tenders on behalf of clients;

·         Making necessary contacts to ensure feasibility of projects regarding style, cost, timing, and compliance with regulations;

·         Identifying and finding best solutions for problems regarding function and quality of exterior environments and making necessary designs, drawings and plans;

·         Monitoring construction or rehabilitation work to ensure compliance with specifications and quality standards;

·         Maintaining technical liaison and consultancy with other relevant specialists.

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