Hi there, I am a final year landscape architecture student in UCD procrastinating from working on my thesis at the moment. Well first thing I should tell you is that it is alot of work (check the time of the post, i am still in studio) having said that the I love the course and am really glad i chose it. Most of the time is spent in the design studio working with a fairly relaxed atomosphere, chatting and listening to music while working. Alot of the people get the wrong impretion that this is garden design (dont think you have that), but just to clarify landscape architecture deals mainly with the design of public open spaces. Think, O'Connell street, Smithfield market Grand Canal Dock Square and other public parks like Black Rock Park as examples ( Not all good examples!) Town planning also comes into it and many students go on to do a masters in planning from this course. Some Irish firms you might want to look up to see what goes on in Ireland are Dermot Foley Landscape architects, Mithchells and Associates and MOLA architects. The course has changed massively sinse I started (for the better) and focuses on the design aspects more than the science side of things now. There are loads of other things that i could tell you but cant think right now so give me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
and ask me any questions. Will give you mobile number and that of lectures who would be only too happy to help over mail, just dont want to send it out here.