Case study

Landscape architect — Mark Moss

Mark is taking a year out to work as a landscape architect before starting a Masters in landscape in architecture. Find out where he hopes to be in five years' time

How did you get your job as a landscape architect?

I met with the managing partner of a landscape architecture and urban design practice at my final-year exhibition and was invited to an interview. The exhibition was a great opportunity to explain my dissertation project to practitioners who were looking to employ new graduates.

How relevant is your degree?

My degree in landscape and garden design from Writtle University College is extremely relevant. The course is accredited by the Landscape Institute and shows employers that I have the same skills and knowledge as those on landscape architecture courses. I use the technical and design skills I was taught on my degree course on a daily basis to deliver a high standard of work.

What's a typical working day like?

My day usually involves working on detailed design and construction packages for a range of high profile projects in the UK and overseas. I work predominantly in AutoCAD and Photoshop to create detailed drawings and photomontages.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy being part of a team that works at the forefront of landscape architecture on high profile and exciting projects using design to create interesting spaces and solve problems.

What are the challenges?

Work can get pressurised when deadlines approach, and time management and commitment are essential to the successful completion of a project.

Where do you hope to be in five years' time?

I hope to have graduated with a Masters degree in landscape architecture and be working towards chartership through the Landscape Institute.

What are your tips for others doing this degree?

  • Believe in your ability to succeed and never convince yourself you can't achieve something as this is often what prevents you from doing so.
  • Remember what drew you to landscape architecture and keep your passions close. This will help get you through the tough times and the late nights.
  • Work hard and be nice to people. A hard worker can be just as, if not more, valuable than someone who is naturally talented. It's not all about hard work, though; remember to be kind and show your appreciation towards the people around you and they will repay you in kind.

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