With so many different terms and qualifications it can be confusing. What is the difference between a Landscape Architect and a Landscape Designer?

Landscape Architects have a university degree and have been through a registration process with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). They have a depth of knowledge in design theory, history and problem solving, which can only come from a bachelor degree within the Urban Design field. They have the ability to sign off on DA’s and other legal documents, and work on a broad scope of projects, including commercial design within the built environment, and specialist areas such as playscape design.

Landscape Designers have a diploma qualification from TAFE (or equivalent) and can be members of the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM). They have a level of practical experience that only comes from hands on learning. Extensive horticultural knowledge and a grounded, practical approach to business. They work primarily in the residential design sector.

The good news is, here at Urban and Rural Design, we have both qualifications, therefore, you will benefit from our comprehensive and  diverse skill set.


Landscape design is your journey. Our seasoned team will listen, respect and acknowledge your ideas, needs and wants, and our goal is to support you in the realisation of your vision. We design with the end product in mind, from concept to completion, offering you a range of achievable solutions and accommodating your preferences wherever possible. We use our knowledge and experience to assist you to reach your destination habitat, whatever architectural or garden style it may be. 

At Urban and Rural Design – it’s all about you!



3 step design process to ensure you have the best possible experience.


Once you have received our quote and paid your deposit we can arrange a site visit to enable us to visualize the context of the site and its surrounding environment.

At this point we discuss your ideas, budget, style and requirements, that is, the client brief.

To provide an accurate representation of the landscape we require a site plan/survey to scale. However, if you don't have a plan we can assist with the preparation of a site plan/survey at an additional cost.


The client brief & site context allows us to prepare concepts to present to you at our office for your comments and input.

Once you have chosen your preferred concept we set task to further develop that concept and discuss plant selection and material choice in our next visit.


Your Landscape Concept/Planting Plan are presented to you upon completion.

Urban & Rural Design project manage a team of landscape contractors that can perform landscape works to ensure that your landscape reflects the concept developed.

The plan that we provide you can be used to quoting purposes but is essentially conceptual rather than a construction document.

It is suggested that we prepare working drawing and specifications if you prefer your selected contractor to perform the landscape works.

Project Managers

Urban and Rural Design can also act as project managers to ensure that the landscape works are performed in accordance with the Landscape Concept/Planting Plan.