HS2 Landscape Architect

Is an HS2 Landscape Architect career right for me?

Are you creative and innovative? Are you interested in the natural environment? Do you want to help people make the best of their local areas? Are you great at talking to people and listening to their needs? Can you take a project from idea to completion?

Then a career in Landscape Architecture could be for you.

Advantages and disadvantages of being a Landscape Architect


  • The opportunity to change people’s lives for the better.
  • Getting to talk to individuals and communities along the route, as well as future passengers, and understanding what the social, environmental and economic issues are for them, and use the landscape to help solve them.


  • The stakes are high – your work will be affecting people’s lives for decades, and maybe even centuries.
  • Sometimes it can be difficult trying to get lots of different teams to agree on something.

Useful skills and entry qualifications

As HS2 is such a major project, it is beneficial to build up your skills in project management and undertake a qualification in this area. This will help you to better understand how to meet your objectives on time, on budget and to a high standard.

  • You need to be able to communicate well and have excellent listening skills, since you’ll be engaging with people from all walks of life.
  • You also need to be able to work collaboratively with different teams, to make sure that all the design work fits together and is in line with HS2’s landscape and overall Design Vision.
  • To begin a career in Landscape Architecture, it’s a good idea to learn as much as you can about it. You can do this by researching online, and talking to universities and students, or people currently working in the industry.
  • Work experience is always helpful. You can get in touch with Landscape Design practices to ask about work experience placements, internships or work shadowing.

What qualifications do you need to be an HS2 Landscape Architect?

A degree is necessary for a career in Landscape Architecture. Several universities offer Landscape Architecture courses, both undergraduate (BA) and postgraduate (MA).

Once you have begun your career, you might want to become a member of the Landscape Institute and work towards professional Chartership. What is the workplace of an HS2 Landscape Architect like?

This type of role is mostly office-based, but also involves travel to places along the line of route to examine the environment or speak to communities. You might also get the opportunity to travel abroad to learn from other projects.

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