A permaculture designer is a landscape designer who uses the set of design principles centered on whole systems thinking, simulating, or directly utilizing the patterns and resilient features observed in natural ecosystems. They use these principles in a growing number of fields from regenerative agriculture, re-wilding, and community resilience. The term permaculture was coined in 1978, and it originally meant "permanent agriculture", but was expanded to stand also for "permanent culture", since social aspects were integral to a truly sustainable system. Permaculture has many branches including ecological design, ecological engineering, regenerative design, environmental design, and construction. Permaculture also includes integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, and regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.
The minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree. Additional degrees may be required for advanced positions.
WHERE TO STUDY
For 2- and 4-year college and university programs across the country, visit our Where to Study page.
In August 2020, the median yearly salary for a permaculture designer was $77,581, according to Comparably.com. For more information, visit Comparably.com's Permaculture Designer page.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
- American Society of Landscape Architects
- Association of Professional Landscape Designers
- International Permaculture Association
- National Association of Landscape Professionals
- World Permaculture Association