Landscape architecture is a lot like architecture in that a designer uses tools of representation to convey an idea, concept, or potential reality. The difference is that the tools palette of a Landscape Architect include plants and ecology, hydrology, environment, grading, and even time as opposed what an architect uses, which is more along the lines of glass, steel, brick etc. This is not to say that an architect does not use these particulars tools but a Landscape Architect focuses on them more. A Landscape Architect mainly focuses on the design of spaces that are ‘under the sun’ as opposed to ‘under a roof’ as an architect does.
Landscape Architecture has the ability to impact and integrate multiple environments from urban and rural to developed and wild. It is popular to believe that all of these environments are separate and distinct entities but that is not the case. Everything is interconnected effecting and influencing each other in the complex system that is the landscape. As influence of the Anthropocene, or human activity, is felt throughout the world, a Landscape Architect has the unique ability to interface with and modify that influence to create a more balanced and sustainable environment as a whole.
As a designer that interfaces with many aspects of all scapes, Landscape architects act as a mediator between the multiple related fields of engineering, art and design, horticulture, agriculture, urban development, and architecture. This affords a great deal of flexibility for the Landscape Architect and the profession of Landscape Architecture.