Welcome to 2011. All landscape architects this year need to start leading the discussions. We have lagged for too long on the sidelines being creative and idealistic watching other professions take the lead on numerous areas of design – sustainable design, urban design, water, low-carbon cities, eco-cities, food security, green architecture (vertical & horizontal) and many others. You name it if its your passion its time to start leading the discussion offline and offline whether its conferences, websites, newspapers, blogs, facebook, or twitter. Stop waiting for governments and your professional organisations to do start the conversation; they don’t have the time or people to talk about the issues we deal with on a daily basis and the solutions needed.
Landscape Architects have the skills, experience and ideas to push landscape architecture and design to new frontiers and into public awareness. So please start a blog, email newsletter, facebook group, twitter account. Don’t have time for this? well you can start by commenting on other blogs or facebook groups, or email a collegue in another design field telling them what you’ve been doing. Most importantly get involved and start the discussion about the ideas and solutions you’ve been creating in your school, office, firm, studio. The world’s waiting to hear from you.
AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) has recently announced the results of the 2010 Salary Survey with 530 respondents. This year the AILA survey has changed from past years with respondents gave their total salary package including superannuation (9% of salary as compulsory retirement savings). AILA also changed the ‘experience in years’ for the junior positions and removed the Managers/Directors category. Therefore it is hard to analyse the results in comparison to past years as managers could have between 5-15 years experience and are now included across the range of average salaries given.
Table of Average Salary across Australia
minus 9% super
Table produced by World Landscape Architect from AILA data.
Salary Average from across Australia shown salaries may differ from state to state.
When using this data, these results are guides only.
The AILA has no salary scales nor can it recommend or set any salary scales.
The setting of salaries remains with the individual employee and employer.
It is illegal in Australia to have professional fee or salary scales set by the professional institute, such as the AILA. So we do not set any professional salary scales! This survey is one set of figures that provide a rough averaged out indication or reflection of trends. It is one set of data to be used with other sources for any salary negotiations.
Standard government employer/employee regulations apply – see the applicable govenment website.
Deutsche Welle channel recently posted a video on Youtube in which they interviewed Swiss landscape architect Enzo Enea about his Tree Museum which recently opened in Rapperswil-Jona on the shore of Lake Zurich, Switzerland.
24dash.com recently reported that Willmott Dixon Housing will appear in a TV show documenting the development of the community over one year. The community was designed by Glenn Howells Architects, and landscape architects Studio Engleback, the Triangle is part of Kevin McCloud’s vision to create housing supports sustainable lifestyles, with open public spaces, rainwater recycling and kitchen garden areas where residents can grow their own vegetables.
Green space skills: 2009 National employer survey findings, a survey commissioned by CABE and English Heritage, is the first to reveal the full extent of skills shortages in the green space sector in the UK. The report has found that 14.9% of national employers found landscape architects hard to recruit due to skills shortage. Landscape architects were also on top of the table as the hardest to recruit out of all the green space skills.
22% of respondents from the Private sector stated that it was harder to find landscape architects whereas only 8.5 of respondents in the Public Sector found it hard to find landscape architects due to a skills shortage.
Green space skillsshows an urgent need to address the skills shortfall to tackle climate change. Planning, design and management are what are needed to help to adapt green spaces to a changing climate, and these were exactly the skills which employers felt their staff most lacked.
The report also identified several priorities to counter the shortage including:
- Develop and maintain a strong evidence base to make the case for investment in green space skills
- Improve the availability and quality of training, including continual professional development
- Increase awareness of the sector and the opportunities it offers, to encourage more people into the sector