Landscape Designer

Landscape Designer


Take a look around. All around. Your school, workplace,
house, bus stop. It’s all been designed, and I’m not just talking
about buildings and indoor areas. I’m also talking about gardens. So, if you love natural spaces
and the outdoors then hang around ‘coz I’m going to
have a chat to a landscape designer. Let’s say you want to build a playground.
You go to the landscape designer and say… “I want a big sandpit with a fort,
underground bat cave and a slide.” So the landscape designer compiles
information about the site. Such as ground soil, vegetation, the shape
of the land and how people will move around. Then they’ll sketch up drawings, site plans,
reports, then oversee the construction process. Today I’m catching up with Tim Davies to
see what it’s like being a landscape designer. – Tim!
– Jesse! Mate, got a couple of questions about being
a landscape designer. Heard you’re my guy. – Sure. let’s go outside and have a chat.
– Beauty! So Jesse,
what is it that you’d like to know? Well, first up: Why did you choose to
become a landscape designer? I grew up on a station north of Carnarvon
and I really just fell in love with the land. And, I decided to do a
horticultural apprenticeship up at Kings Park. And, that really cemented my love
of the landscape. And so, when you’re on a project…
Can you list from start to finish, what you do? The most important thing is to have a
conversation with our clients, and really get to know them and understand
how they’re gonna use the space. And then what we do is we sort of go through
putting together an initial plan together, and a budget, and then a final plan and
a lump sum fixed cost. Typically that process will take a couple
of months from the initial discussion through a design phase and then starting
the works and completing the works. Cool. Now an easy one:
What’s the best part of the job? The best part of the job is
going back and seeing the space where they’ve really used it really well,
the BBQ’s nice and dirty, the paving’s all scuffed up, the lawn’s been
a bit trashed, the kids are really using it, footy in the corner, and they’re really using
the space and they’re enjoying the space. So that, for me, give’s me a real buzz. Awesome. Now on the other hand,
what’s the most challenging part? I think the most challenging part
is getting it right, in listening to the clients and then delivering
them something that really works for them. So you’ve gotta sort of negotiate your way through
understanding both the husband and wife’s wishes, understanding how the family dynamics work,
and then delivering the end product. But, that’s also the most rewarding part when
you get it right and everything looks fabulous, the clients are really happy,
and they really use and enjoy the space. We’ve come along way from just pencils and rulers,
what kind of software and equipment do you use? We use AutoCAD and SketchUp. We can do a fly through of the projects,
we can 3D the whole project up. That’s really awesome to be able to
refine the design and just give it a tweak and get
it as good as we possibly can, and an awesome tool to communicate
the vision through to the clients. – Alright, well before I let you go,
how about we do The Edge?
– Awesome. OK so, what characteristics does
someone need to be a landscape designer? OK. They need to be spatially aware.
They need to be passionate about what they do. They’ve gotta be a great listener
and a great communicator. And, they need to be able to be
very good at design and drafting, – so creativity comes into it as well.
– Cool. And if you can list from school to today, What steps do you need to take
to get to where you are? You need to do a horticultural…
some kind of horticultural apprenticeship or a horticultural training.
So there’s certificates of horticulture, and diplomas in horticulture,
and also in design as well, that can be done through TAFE. And then a really big part of
what we do as a landscape designer is AutoCAD drawings and SketchUp drawings
so you’ve gotta be really competent. And last one: If you could give one piece of advice
to someone thinking about being a landscape designer, – what would that be?
– If you’re passionate about it, go for it. – Beauty! Awesome thanks Tim.
– Yeah great Jesse. I know you’re busy, I’ll let you get back to
your pencils and your rulers. Excellent, I’ll be pencilling away. Well, there you have it. If you’re an artistic
person with a bit of creativity, then maybe landscape designer is the career for you. Head to the Career Centre website for investigation,
exploration and planning your next step.


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