The seven professionals are likely to be available to help you with your landscape and gardens:
o Landscape architect
o Landscape Designer
o designer / landscape builder
Although there is certainly overlap, these are the levels and different styles of professionals. We will consider them in the order in which they are listed. First we will provide a general description, a list of strengths and weaknesses, followed by a comparative analysis. Finally, we will examine how to evaluate each individual in each profession.
Landscape architect has at least a four-year bachelor's degree, probably six years or more of tertiary education. For a full certification, you must also have three years of training in the landscaping office. The following paragraph is taken from the US Department of Labor.
"People who plan to work in landscaping must appreciate nature, enjoy working with their hands, and have strong analytical skills. Creative vision and artistic talent are also desirable traits, to other professionals and clients, "Strong writing skills are valuable, as are computer applications of all kinds, including word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, reports, and land impact studies for clients, colleges, supervisors, CAD design and design. (19659002) Strengths:
Landscape architecture is a comprehensive and dangerous system designed to provide aesthetically pleasing solutions to the creation Spaces owned, visited, or seen by humans. The study includes design theory, engineering, planning, aesthetics, history and science. The scope of education is broad and deep, so the scale of projects that a landscaper can afford is essentially unlimited.
Landscape architect has a sound education in all practical considerations – appropriate building codes and techniques, legal aspects and so on. It can provide a detailed plan for the specifications of materials, quantities, sizes, etc., through which contractors can make accurate offers. Because they are eligible to apply for a wider range of projects, for example government projects, which are not open to unlicensed designers.
The term landscape architecture was first used by Frederick Law Olmstead in the late 1800s. At that time there was no specific academic system so he began teaching and studying under the roofs of architectural schools and stamping them Mentality. – This means, with many notable exceptions, that the architecture of the landscape, from the point of view of this author, is characterized by the quality of architectural rigidity and excessive reliance on the structure. As noted, there were notable exceptions. Tommy Church and Big Brother, for example two, there are many exceptions practiced today.
Traditionally, landscape engineers do not label horticulture, so their plant recommendations are unreasonably limited. Most importantly, a certificate in landscape architecture does not mean talent because the qualities, or lack thereof, in the designs produced do not guarantee or inhibit the degree. In fairness it must be said that any degree of any kind in any of these categories means talent – it only means successful completion of the curriculum.
Many landscape architects spend most of their time in offices and have little field experience. Often they can not really communicate with different trades people, such as masons because their knowledge may be a serious theory, do not rely on practical experience. Before hiring a landscaper, ask to see a portfolio, even if only from school assignments and make sure they are able to understand your beauty and work within your budget. If possible, get references.
Landscape designer may be adopted through one program or another (of which there are many), or may not. These programs are usually associated with an educational institution but there are many other individuals and organizations that also offer a certification program. In addition, many botanical gardens have master gardener classes (which are not landscape design), as well as design courses that individuals may take towards certification or simply education.
Landscape designer works with site analysis, cost estimates, practical considerations such as drainage, light availability, altitudes and all other aspects of sustainable and sustainable landscape design. It also usually works with hardscape elements such as lanes, patios, walls and so on. The following is a description of the course material for a landscape design course from a University in California.
"Landscape design practice includes site analysis, development of design concepts and design plans, selection of building materials and plant materials, preparation of construction plans and documentation.
Certificate in Landscape Design (CLD)
Natural interaction between human needs and the environment and provides students with practical skills to understand landscape design. All design studios emphasize design process and problem solving using actual locations as case studies. Certificate program in landscape design on a part-time basis within three to five o
In the following description, the word "training course" refers to a full semester of thirteen chapters, equivalent to seven classes, and two modules can meet the requirements of one course.
Landscape design, students should complete the following twelve courses with a B-degree or better in each course.
o Design I, II and III
o Two courses in the history of landscape design
o Two courses in plants / horticulture
o One drafting course
o One course of landscape, a And two of the student's choice
o project an independent thesis on landscape design
There are many people who call them the landscape designers and practicing landscape designers who do not have this education. For them, this profession has generally been a profession and has been done through work by working in various capacities associated with gardens, such as nursery companies and landscaping before starting their own design work. They may also make equipment or can act as contractors and find subcontractors to do this work.
In general, landscape designers seem to have a more natural and less structural orientation than many landscape architects. If they have the education outlined above, they are at least theoretically ready to deal with a wide range of design projects. Often they are dedicated to quality garden design. If they do not have education, they have followed the rotation, or just started. If they have followed a career they have been in some time they should have a portfolio as well as the ability to quote price ranges for various aspects.
As with landscape architects, title does not need to identify talent. The education, experience and capacity of landscape designers vary greatly. Before hiring a landscape designer, ask to see a portfolio and talk to references, make sure you agree and know exactly what to expect for what you pay.
The garden designer may have formal education and may not be well versed in gardening. Garden designers also work with site analysis, light availability, and cost estimates, but often do not work with hardscape elements. These people are generally plants people. Their talent is to use their knowledge to create an attractive planting family with shrubs, ornamental trees, perennials, vines and blankets.
Some schools offer professional-level courses in landscaping, where they are taught; site analysis, customer summary, drawing plan, drawing section, height and color rendering. The following paragraphs are taken from the curriculum of one of these universities.
"Students will be able to scan a small site using the operating and triangulation dimensions, noting location details such as the site of trees and buildings, minor changes in level and services, etc. They will be able to evaluate the data collected at the site and take out the scale on a scale of 1/8 or 1/4 inch to accurately portray location characteristics.
Students will apply the concepts of pattern analysis taught simultaneously during the course, drawing with pencil and then artistic pens on the architectural spaces using the address blocks to display the appropriate information. Spatial concepts, WFL
Students will produce section / height drawings to help clarify the project, both for the contractor and the client, as well as a presentation panel to help convey their ideas. "
A graduate of this school d probably does not call himself a garden designer but a landscape designer. There are many garden designers who do not have this education.
Garden designers usually devote public gardens and knowledge to plants, especially perennial plants. They usually know the best plant suppliers in a particular language and can design and implement attractive gardens consisting mainly of plants.
Typically, garden designers are not builders, do not manipulate or take major site modifications. Before hiring a garden designer, make sure that the scope of work you want to do is within their capabilities. Ask to see a portfolio and talk to references.
A landscape contractor is a person who performs, or installs theaters and often also contracts for the maintenance of gardens. These operations can be very large with several trucks, various machines and equipment parts and a large crew of workers supervised by observers or project managers or both.
However, there are tens of thousands of landscape contractors, consisting of small staff, one or a few trucks and two small tractors or backhoes. At times, the landscaping process is designed for staff and offers designs at low cost or at no cost. This is because they will make their money on installation.
The larger the process, the more intensive the tasks the contractor could perform. These range from just planting plants to building swimming pools in the ground, to future landscape developments.
Most landscape contractors have the ability to build construction structures such as patios, walkways, walls, and wooden structures such as thrones and decks, and can either perform or perform other tasks, such as installing irrigation systems or lighting.
Focus on landscape contractors is to build or implement plans of landscape architects, developers and landscape designers. For residential businesses, there is generally nothing they can not achieve, in terms of building others' designs and they may have their own designer or design staff. They are usually insured and interdependent.
Landscape contractors are usually at the end of high construction costs. They often have a lot of overhead so they should add a profit on all the materials and labor so the bottom line tends to be high. Their use of plants is often normal and repetitive, and their designs can be uninspiring – but there are exceptions. Get all agreements as contracts, not estimates, ask to see portfolio and references.
Someone who calls himself landscaping is usually someone in the garden maintenance. It will generally have a mini truck with trailer, two professional lawn mowers, a chain cutter, electric pruning shears, pastures, shovels and brooms. There is usually little or no education behind landscaping, although there may be experience, and often they contract to landscaping. These people should not be used as designers, in general, unless they do so and have a bag.
Many nurseries have landscape processes that include design and installation. Usually supervised by someone who came through the gardening industry with an education in gardening, these can provide turnkey services and ensure plants. Usually they give you a design for a simple cost or no cost because they will spend their money on plants and installation. They can usually pull out residential projectiles such as walls, patios and irrigation systems.
You can make sure that the selected plants will achieve good results as they are allocated to go. You only have to contract one operation and they generally have the power of the guy to accomplish the task. Of course, there are always exceptions, but overall nursery designs tend to be very ordinary and are not inspired. Plants will flourish but the design may be so. Nurses tend to over-stretch in the peak season so they may start working, leave it for a while and come back later. If this matters to you, get the end date specified in the contract. Before hiring a nursery, ask to see a set of designs that they have carried out as well as projects that have been implemented and requested references that you can contact.
Designer / landscape designer:
Landscape, designer builder is just that. Combines landscaping contractor services, landscape designer. As with landscaping and garden designer, he may have formal education and probably not. As with other professionals, his degree of experience may be intense and may not be. Many landscape designers / builders came to the profession through a professional or professional association with gardening services. Many of them were gardeners who turned into designers, turned builders. The designer / landscape designer usually gives a design price, and upon completion of the design, the execution will be contracted.
The whole task of design can be done through installation. Landscape designers tend to be less stringent than architects and usually have more practical experience. Usually they combine the knowledge of landscaping and plants and should have a good sense of design. Some of the best works being done in America is by designers / landscape builders.
may be attributed or unable to assume large jobs or large government projects. Before hiring a designer / landscaper, ask for a portfolio vision and recommendations. Make sure you know what you get and what the cost is. Make sure you have empathy.
General observations on all gardening professionals
The four most important qualities of assessing someone's employment to create your gardens or landscapes for you are; talent, ability, integrity and compatibility. The very talented person you admire, capable and highly integrity will do a great job of creating a garden that you do not deserve. A talented person without power will give you an inspired design that can not or should not be built. A gifted and capable person and good integrity that is not compatible is a poor choice and a person without integrity will let you down in every way.
How do you know these things about someone? Your own instincts, to begin. If you do not have a good feeling about someone, stop there. Beyond that, always ask for references if you have any doubt and regardless of whether you are dealing with a landscape engineer or gardener, ask to see a wallet.
Keep in mind that everyone should start somewhere, so they may not have much to show. Anyone with any kind of education in this area must have design projects to be displayed at least, and these are worth seeing. Let him explain his drawings, tell him what he was trying to create, and see how he resonates. If he has built gardens or solid elements, ask to see the photographs. This applies equally to the landscaping engineer of the landscaper. His testimony does not give or even reference to talent and you have the right to know the type of designer he is.
You can walk in the area with the person and get their response on the site. Ask them what they see, what they can do. You may have to pay a consulting fee for this but it is worth it. Many parks have been built which are fairly medium. Maybe you want to be wonderful so take the trouble to find the right person to do it.
Do not assume that the person who has the most education is the most capable or the most reliable. Ask for recommendations from previous customers. If they are working for a company, look online or ask to talk to their former customers and see previous projects. If you are talking to a landscaper (often only outdoor miners), ask about plants, what plants are and what they need. If a person cuts grass, it is unlikely that he also design and build beautiful gardens.
If you do not know a person or do not have a clear sense of his quality and do not come with a known background of great experience or a well-known reputation, get hold of, not appreciatively, writing.
Most people who work in planning and building gardens, apart from outdoor cleaners who often go under the name of 'landscapers' and giant construction companies, are dedicated individuals living and breathing in gardens. They want to give you a beautiful landscape. All of the above should help you determine which ones to choose.
Source by Keith Davitt