Simon Bussiere

Simon Bussiere

Honolulu, HI, US



Simon Bussiere is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. His practice and research in design, representation and pedagogy have been published widely.

Bussiere’s professional experience spans the design spectrum. At EDAW/AECOM in Melbourne Australia, his work included conceptual and schematic design for E-Gate, a billion dollar, 6,000 resident, zero-carbon eco-district in Melbourne, along with a range of complex local and international work in corporate, leisure, cultural, real estate development, civic, utilities, and transportation market sectors. He was a member of the AECOM global team that won first prize in the international design competition for Seoul Grand Park in 2009. As the founder and creative director at LANDMASS, a collaborative research and design/build laboratory (formerly nativespace) Bussiere has directed the planning, design, and construction of numerous projects from inception through to implementation and administration. He is an active design leader on a range of local and international projects across a wide range of scales and complexity.

Bussiere trained in landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and Harvard University where he focused on international projects in landscape, architecture and urbanism. While at the Graduate School of Design (GSD) at Harvard under advisors Richard T.T. Forman and Michael Van Valkenburgh, he designed projects in India, Brazil, Costa Rica, Sardinia and Nicaragua, where he was awarded a GSD Studioworks selection by architect Teddy Cruz and an International Community Service Fellowship for his collaborative work in the peri-urban community of La Prusia, Nicaragua. Professor Bussiere currently teaches a range of courses with a focus on ecological urban design and communication, he advises student research, serves on numerous departmental, college, university and professional committees, and contributes regularly as a writing and design reviewer for professional and academic organizations. 



University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, US, Assistant Professor | School of Architecture

My work bridges design strategies and ecological principles to shape new environments and elevate communities around the globe. At UH-M my design studios focus on environmental dynamics, landscape and architecture as a driver of urban form. I teach courses in urban ecology and experimental modes of representation.

May 2016 - current

Ball State University, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design

Researching urban systems, design, representation and educational technologies, teaching a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, advising student research, serving on numerous departmental, college, university and professional committees, and contributing regularly as a writing and design reviewer for several professional and academic organizations.

Aug 2010 - current

nativespace, Boston, MA, US, Founder / Director

Responsible for the planning, design and construction of structures and landscapes from project initiation, through final stages of program implementation and administration. Building client partnerships, guiding organized, efficient and profitable project development, project planning and design from schematic to specifications, construction management, proposal development, project estimating and bidding, sale presentations, all with careful attention to detail, scope and impact regardless of scale, with an emphasis on the use of native materials, as well as a proficiency in numerous modes of analog and digital design representation, mastery of construction methods and processes for a host of traditional, fabricated and smart materials and a comprehensive approach to project leadership and coordination.

May 2005 - May 2013

AECOM, Landscape Architect

Operating on all scales of project design and delivery in a highly creative and interdisciplinary environment to promote and manifest innovative works of natural and built urban systems in Australia and abroad.

High level project design communication and presentation with a large inter-disciplinary team: Concept & Schematic Design through Design Development & Construction Documentation, Strategic Planning, Writing and Report Structuring for a range of complex local and international work in Corporate, Leisure + Cultural, Real Estate Development, Civic, Utilities and Transportation market sectors.

Nov 2009 - Aug 2010

Harvard University, International Community Service Fellow

Awarded travel and living expenses to develop prototype systems of rainwater catchment and productive landscapes to be retrofitted into an existing social housing project in the community of La Prusia on the outskirts of Granada, Nicaragua. Organized NGO volunteers, children and adults from the community to create an edible schoolyard, medicinal garden and rainwater catchment/irrigation systems.

May 2008 - Jun 2008


Harvard University, Masters, Landscape Architecture

MLA II, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Urbanism, Urban Design, Social Development

Activities and Societies: International Community Service Fellow Harvard Real Estate Club, Member Harvard University Peer Advisor American Society of Landscape Architects, Student Member

Sep 2007 - Jun 2009

University of Massachusetts Amherst, Bachelors, Landscape Architecture

Sep 2001 - Jun 2005

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