Case study

Assistant landscape architect — Daniel Bowles

Enjoy an exciting and engaging career like Daniel, whose job as a landscape architect allows him to see ideas progress from drawings to reality on the ground

How did you get your job?

I found my job via the University of Gloucestershire blog, which various companies advertise through. It was the first interview I went for and I got the job.

I love that the landscapes we work with and design can make a huge positive impact on people's day-to-day lives

How relevant is your degree to your job?

It was very relevant indeed. The great thing about studying landscape architecture is that it is a vocational course leading towards a professional job.

My course and subject have set me up well for my role providing a good basis in my subject area.

What are your main work activities?

My job varies greatly and that's one of the things I love about landscape architecture. I usually start work at 9am, and begin by checking and responding to emails. These typically involve liaising with contractors and clients and dealing with queries that arise.

The morning and afternoon could be spent drawing on autocad, being involved in the design process of various scales of landscape architecture from play areas to urban design.

The scale and scope of the projects my practice works on varies, from play areas to cemeteries, to working within planning legislation, and liaising with our clients.

Site work forms a frequent part of my job from visiting and inspecting projects our practice has on the ground, to working with contractors to see our designs are realised. As a small office, we have a good social life, currently we have a bake off running until November - cakes and tea all round.

What are your main career ambitions?

I have just finished my first year of employment at Bellinger Design; and as I progress, my employer is training me in various aspects of my job and my confidence is growing.

I intend to start and finish the chartership process whilst employed with the practice and to generally increase my knowledge and expertise in landscape architecture.

What do you enjoy about your job?

Landscape architecture is such a broad profession; it offers a wide variety of opportunities and scope of work to be involved in. I love that the landscapes we work with and design can make a huge positive impact on people's day-to-day lives.

Furthermore, the opportunities to work outside and be in the 'great outdoors' in my job are fantastic. The process of seeing projects from initial ideas on the drawing board, through the design stage to completion 'on the ground', is really satisfying.

What are the most challenging parts of your job?

For me, it's the jump from a university approach to working, to a commercial environment with tight deadlines, and where every minute costs.

Any words of advice for someone who wants to get into this job?

I'd say go for it. Landscape architecture is a fantastic subject to be involved in. Be prepared to work hard at uni and throw yourself in to it - the rewards will be great.

Go and visit as many great examples of landscape architecture to be inspired and as well those examples of how not to do it.

Go in to it with a broad mind, open to every possible route that this diverse profession can take you. You won't regret it.

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