The highest and most widely recognized teaching award a junior professor of landscape architecture can receive has been awarded to an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii in Manoa School of Architecture. Simon Bussiere is this year’s recipient Council of Landscape Architecture Educators (THAT) Excellence in Teaching Award.
“It was amazing to be nominated by my students and colleagues,” Bussière said. “And the honor of being this year’s winner feels like the culmination of nearly 10 years of learning to become a design teacher. It’s a difficult and often thankless endeavor, with the majority of my teaching taking place at graduate level. Many students enter the program expecting there to be definite right and wrong answers or correct ways to approach design. My teaching focuses instead on a formative step-by-step approach which emphasizes a process of analysis, experimentation and creative discovery rather than summative outcomes.
The THAT covers more than 120 US landscape architecture programs, extending its reach beyond a national audience to include Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
“It is an extraordinary honor to be nationally recognized for his pedagogical ability and approach,” said the dean of the school of architecture. William Chapman. “Simon brings this commitment to the classroom on a daily basis, and it clearly shows in the quality of our students’ output. We are proud to count Simon among our faculty.
Landscape architecture is a field uniquely positioned to offer new and innovative approaches to solving some of the most critical problems in Hawaii’s built environment.
“In my role as Program Director, it was an absolute pleasure to nominate my friend and colleague Simon Bussière for this national teaching recognition,” said Judith Stilgenbauer, professor of landscape architecture. “An exceptionally creative and forward-thinking landscape architecture scholar and a key member of our small faculty team, Simon has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to our fledgling MA in Landscape Architecture (deputy) program and its base program. He is truly a credit to all of us!
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Under the direction of Chapman and Stilgenbauer, Bussière and his colleagues built a Master’s Program in Landscape Architecture which is rooted in the Hawaiian archipelago. unlike others deputy in the United States, students can study firsthand how the land first takes on a physical form, emerging and eroding over time in the ocean.
“Our programs engage the dynamic pan-Pacific amalgamation of cultures and ecologies here, allowing us to better understand the concentrated and contemporary patterns of urbanism at work in Honolulu and similar coastal cosmopolitan cities around the world,” said said Bussière. “And with every member of the deputy faculty actively engaged in work that advances ecological resilience through the uh Community Design Centerwe are all rooted in Hawaii and come equipped with local visionary principles that can be exported to the rest of the world.
As the deputy The program is entering its fifth year and in anticipation of its LAAB accreditation application in fall 2022, it is well positioned as an academic, ecological, and community home for students who wish to practice landscape architecture.