Landscape architecture is the science and art of the design of outside areas for the use and enjoyment of people.
Parks, game reserves, recreational areas and marinas are only a few of the environments which the landscape
architect designs. They create urban oases in the form of plazas and pedestrian routes, and design environments
around shopping centres and residential developments. The landscape architect can join a private firm, start an
own business, or accept employment in central, provincial or local government in departments that handle water
usage and research, forestry, environmental matters, sport, recreational and fishing areas, and nature
Students are advised to work in the offices of an architect or a landscape architect to gain practical experience
during the university recesses.
BScLArch is a three-year degree and is regarded as an exit level that enables the graduate to register as a
candidate landscape architectural technologist who is a professional person registered by the South African
Council of the Landscape Architectural Profession in terms of the Act on the Landscape Architectural Profession
(Act 45 of 2000). Such practitioners provide assistance in the practices of the disciplines of landscape
architecture and urban design where their responsibilities would be the documentation of projects, project
administration and site management. Candidates wishing to become professional landscape architects must
hereafter apply to register for the BLHons degree (one year full-time), and thereafter the ML(Prof) degree (one