Simon M. Bussiere, ASLA,  AILA

If my students walk away remembering only two things from my teaching, it would be that Charles Darwin mentions “love” many more times than “competition” in The Origin of the Species, and that many of my current freshmen students will retire around the year 2070. I want them to wonder, what type of world will exist then!? How should we prepare for that future? And how can we work together to imagine and realize that future today? With that in mind, my teaching pushes students to work collaboratively and to design for the future – to see him or herself as part of a community, as part of a system, and as a change-maker.

Research & Creative Work

Areas of Interest

Ecological Urbanism

Design Communication

Design Pedagogy

Licence(s)

Registered Landscape Architect. Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. AILA #14950

Professional Experience

2016 – current
Principal Investigator, UHCDC

2015 – current
International Landscape Architect & Team Leader
Landworks-Sardinia & LWCircus, Florence | Mexico City

2013 – current
Director
LANDMASS Research & Design Collective

2009 – 2010
Landscape Architect
AECOM Design + Planning | Melbourne, VIC Australia

2008 – 2009
Landscape Designer
Estudio Teddy Cruz | PARC Foundation | NYC, NY & Granada, Nicaragua

2008 – 2009
International Community Service Fellow
Harvard University | Cambridge, MA and La Prusia, Nicaragua

2005 – 2013
Director
nativespace: design/build lab | Shutesbury, MA USA

Peer Reviewed Publications

2021 *Bussiere, S. Book. “Conceptual Landscapes: Fundamentals in the Beginning Design Process” Routledge, London. (Forthcoming, under contract)

2020 Bussiere, S. Paper/Presentation. “In Search of the Big Idea” (*Forthcoming/Pending) Design Communications Association (DCA) Kennesaw State University

2020 Bussiere, S. Abstract. “On the State of Conceptual Landscape Design” (*Conference canceled) Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) University of Kentucky

2020 Bussiere, S. Abstract. “Landform and L’informe” (*Conference canceled) National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) Texas A&M

2020 George, B., Bussiere S., & George Pamela. Article. “Non-traditional Students and the Design Studio: Creating a Productive Learning Environment” The International Journal of Design Education, (*under review)

2019 Bussiere, S., Book Chapter. “Modeling Ecologies: raw materials and conceptual optics”

“Representing Landscapes: Analogue”. Ed. Amoroso, N. Routledge, London.

2019 Bussiere, S. & Walters, L. “a-posteriori ecologies: models for engaged assembly” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) UC Davis

2019 Bussiere, S. & Streitz, Z. “An Ecotourism Model for Kekaha Kai State Park, Hawai`i Island” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) UC Davis

2018 Bussiere, S., “Visual Ecologies: natural patterns in conceptual optics” Design Communications Association (DCA) Cornell University

2018 Bussiere, S., & Walters, L. “Machines in the Garden: instrumental, conceptual ecologies” National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) University of Cincinnati

2018 Walters, L., & Bussiere, S. “Temporal Environments: From Kites to Site” National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) University of Cincinnati

2017 Bussiere, S., “Drawing Chaos: Living Experiments for the Design Studio” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Beijing, China

2017 Bussiere, S., “Designing Anticipation: experimenting with dynamic change” National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) Utah State University

2017 Bussiere, S. & Riano, Q. Book Chapter. “The Flexible Grid of la Prusia, Nicaragua.” “Total Latin American Architecture”. Ed. De Brea, A. ACTAR, Barcelona

2016 Bussiere, S. & Lovell, K. “Design and Experiential Learning in Post-Industrial Landscapes” Landscape Research Record No. 5.

2016 Deeg, L., Blalock, J. & Bussiere, S. “Freud’s Dream Theory and the Polychromic Round” Design Communication Association (DCA) Montana State University

2016 Bussiere, S., Riano, Q., & Headley, D. “Collecting the Big Idea: Conceptual Design in Contemporary Practice and Education”

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Utah State University

2016 Bussiere, S., Lovell, K. “Landworks-Sardinia: Experiential Learning in Post-Industrial Landscapes”

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Utah State University

2016 Bussiere, S., & Wit, A. “Inclusiveness in Robotic Urbanism: Rediscovering Urban Space through Interactive Installations”.

European Design Communication Association, (DCA-E) Istanbul, Turkey

2015 Bussiere, S. “Global Perspectives on Critical Practice: Envisioning Heritage in New Landscapes”

European Architectural Envisioning Association (EAEA) Conference Proceedings, Lodz, Poland

2015 George, B. & Bussiere, S. “Factors impacting students’ decisions to stay or leave the design studio: A national study”. Landscape Research Records 4.

2015 Headley, D., & Bussiere, S. “Investigating the Digital/Analog/Cognitive Collision through Codified CNC Mill Watercolor Painting.” Architectural Science Review. Volume 59, Issue 1. Architectural Science Association (ASA) (Best Paper Award), Melbourne, Australia

2015 Wit, A. & Bussiere, S. “Investigations in Robotic Urbanism: Rediscovering Urban Space through Interactive Installations”

Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics (SIGraDI), Brazil

2015 Pavlechko, G., Harwood, P., Bussiere, S., Cassady, J., Jones, J., Jacobi, K., & George, B. “Pre-Occupancy Phenomenological Inquiry of Learning Space”

Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR). Scotland

2015 George, B. & Bussiere, S. “Non-Traditional Students and Design Studio Pedagogy: Making Design Studio More Inclusive”

Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (iCERi) Seville, Spain

2015 Bussiere, S., James, M., George, B. & Parker, P. “The Why’s, Do’s, and Don’ts of Social Media in Design Education”.

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Kansas State University

2015 Bussiere, S. Book Review. “Cities By Design: The Social Life of Urban Form” by Fran Tonkiss (Cambridge: Polity Press)

Urban Morphology: International Seminar on Urban Form. Vol. 19.

2014 Headley, D. & Bussiere, S. “The Design Grotesque.” Architectural Science Association (ASA), Conference Proceedings, Genoa, Italy

2014 Bussiere, S. & Eggink, H., “Charrette Graphics: Old and New Schools of Quick Visual Thinking.”
Design Communications Association (DCA), Conference Proceedings, Atlanta, GA

2014 Deeg, L. & Bussiere, S. “Hypercurriculum: Multimedia Course Content in Foundation Design” EDUcause Connect, Conference Proceedings, Baltimore, MD

2014 Bussiere, S. “Immersive Learning in Landscape Architecture.” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Abstract, Baltimore, MD

2013 Bussiere, S. & Deeg, L. “Quick Response Design Assessment.” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Conference Proceedings, Austin, TX

2013 Bussiere, S. “Sustainable Outcomes of a Flexible Grid: La Prusia, Nicaragua.” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Conference Proceedings, Austin, TX

2012 Bussiere, S. Book Chapter. “Design Through Ambiguity: Rapid Digital Modeling as a Conceptual Tool.” Design as a Social Act. Ed. Mounayar, M. Ball State University Press

2012 Bussiere, S. “The Flexible Grid of La Prusia.” World Landscape Architecture Magazine

2012 Bussiere, S. “Sustainable Tactics in Emerging Communities: lessons for educators.” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Abstract, Urbana-Champaign, IL

2011 Bussiere, S. 42 Technical Drawings. “Sustainable Sites Handbook: a complete guide to the principles, strategies and best practices for sustainable landscapes.” Ed. Calkins, M. Wiley

2010 Bussiere, S. VIEW: GSD Selected Project Work Tank Magazine, London 2010

2009 Bussiere, S. “Building capacity: the re-assignment of waterway edge conditions of Sao Paulo’s Favelas” SLUMlab Journal. Columbia University, NYC