Landscape Design: Re-imagining Australia

Turns out landscape designers are going to be the masterminds of our future cities. Join us as we take a look at the what and why of this shift.

19 Apr 2017

As mentioned in our “Opportunities for Gen Z” blog posts, cities around the world are aiming to be greener and smarter in the years to come. For every bit of digital connectivity, there is a hope we can add in as much greenery – with the landscape design seamlessly blending in with the concrete jungle we’ve all come to know.

What this means for you, as a job seeker or a career changer can vary. It might simply mean the world around you is going to look vastly different in the coming years. For others, it means there is an exciting world of job prospects opening up.

The Current Landscape Design Space

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City parks are just the beginning for landscape designers.

Brisbane is currently home to more than 2000 parks, with ever more green spaces being re-imagined and created across South East Queensland.

Other than good weather and regular plant maintenance, all of these spaces started with an expert in landscaping. This is the person who meticulously maps out how the space will grow and work, from one season and year to the next. Sounds fun!

Currently, there is plenty of job demand in this area, with openings for gardening experts hitting 50,000 by 2020 and at least 10,000 for landscape designers/architects.

The Future

According to leading architecture publication Arch Daily, recent projects around the world are highlighting a growing trend towards “place-making” – turning a space into the place to be, for events or for general communal activity.

As it turns out, there is more demand than ever for the development of green spaces in Australia. Whether it is in the form of full-scale parks, communal gardens, or nature paths, people are eager for room to stretch and breathe when out and about.

A big driver of this in Australia is the 202020 Vision project, which has the lofty goal of making Australia’s major cities 20% greener by the year 2020. They are eager for new ideas and new designers to help them not only achieve this initial goal but also keep the momentum going in reinventing our cities.

The Skills Needed

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The skills needed for landscape design and architecture are changing.

According to the employment experts at Seek, a capable landscape design professional today needs:

  • Analytical and planning ability
  • Aptitude for design
  • Creative flair
  • A passion for the environment
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Project management capacity
  • Ability to work in a team

Up for the Challenge

If you’re up for the challenge of turning our cities green, we can help you cultivate the skills needed. TAFE Queensland has a range of hands-on landscape and horticulture courses for you to dive into.

Here’s to a greener tomorrow!

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