SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI AT MĀNOA

Simon M. Bussiere

Assistant Professor
Harvard Graduate School of Design, MLA 2009 University of Massachusetts | Amherst, BSLA 2005

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Office room number
ARCH 301f

Email address
bussiere@hawaii.edu

Phone number
Office: 808-956-3514
Mobile: 413-548-4078

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 and Creative Work

Ecological Urbanism in practice. T.O.D, carbon positive, 6,000 resident community. E-Gate Melbourne, VIC Australia. 2010
Ecological Urbanism in practice. T.O.D, carbon positive, 6,000 resident community. E-Gate Melbourne, VIC Australia. 2010
Housing as ecological and social infrastructure, threaded into existing sacred trees. La Prusia, Nicaragua. 2008
Housing as ecological and social infrastructure, threaded into existing sacred trees. La Prusia, Nicaragua. 2008
Serpentine Granite Wall. Detail. Hubbardston, MA, USA. New England dry-laid stone masonry. 2005
Serpentine Granite Wall. Detail. Hubbardston, MA, USA. New England dry-laid stone masonry. 2005

Profile

  • Areas of Interest

    Ecological Urbanism

    Design Communication

    Design Pedagogy

  • Professional Experience

    At EDAW/AECOM in Melbourne Australia, my 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. I 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 I have directed the planning, design, and construction of numerous projects from inception through to implementation and administration. I am an active design leader on a range of local and international projects across a wide range of scales and complexity.

  • Selected Publications

    ThinkFast: Conceptual Design in Contemporary Practice and Education. Curated by Simon M. Bussiere, Quilian Riano and Dustin Headley. Parsons The New School of Design Strategies. Dec 7-Feb 26, 2016 College of Architecture and Planning Gallery, Ball State University. Aug 24-Oct 30, 2015 and Chang Gallery, Kansas State University. Feb 29-Mar 18, 2016

     

    “Collecting the Big Idea: Conceptual Design in Contemporary Practice and Education” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) 2016

     

    “Design and Experiential Learning in Post-Industrial Landscapes” Landscape Research Record. 2016

     

    “The Flexible Grid of la Prusia, Nicaragua.”  Total Latin American Architecture. Ed. A. de Brea. Book Chapter. Actar, Barcelona. 2016

     

    “Inclusiveness in Robotic Urbanism “Rediscovering Urban Space through Interactive Installations”. European Design Communication Association, (DCA-E) Istanbul, Turkey 2015

     

    “Global Perspectives on Critical Practice: Envisioning Heritage in New Landscapes” European Architectural Envisioning Association (EAEA) Lodz, Poland 2015

     

    “Factors impacting students' decisions to stay or leave the design studio: A national study”. Landscape Research Record. 2015

     

    “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

     

    “Investigations in Robotic Urbanism: Rediscovering Urban Space through Interactive Installations”Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics (SIGraDI), Florianópolis, Brazil 2015

     

    “The Design Grotesque.” Architectural Science Association (ASA) Genoa, Italy 2015

     

    “Non-Traditional Students and Design Studio Pedagogy: How Can We Make the Design Studio More Inclusive”Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (iCERi) Seville, Spain 2015

     

    “Phased-Occupancy Phenomenological Inquiry of Learning Space” Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR). Scotland 2015

     

    “Design Through Ambiguity: Rapid Digital Modeling as a Conceptual Design Tool.” Design as a Social Act. Ed. M. Mounayar. Book Chapter. Ball State University Press, Muncie, IN 2014

     

    “The Why’s, Do’s, and Don’ts of Social Media in Design Education”. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) 2014

     

    “Sustainable Outcomes of a Flexible Grid: La Prusia, Nicaragua.” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) 2014

     

    “Sustainable Tactics in Emerging Communities: lessons for educators.” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) 2014

     

     “Sustainable Sites Handbook: a complete guide to the principles, strategies and best practices for sustainable landscapes.” Ed. M. Calkins. Technical Drawings. John Wiley & Sons, NJ  2013

     

    VIEW: GSD Selected Project Work Tank Magazine, London 2010

     

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

  • Courses

    ARCH 743 Architecture Studio IV

    ARCH 490  Urban Ecology

    ARCH 341 Design Studio 

    ARCH 690 Special Topics 

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