Introducing 5 Under 40 Winner Christopher Buccino
September 5, 2023
New England Home is thrilled to present the annual 5 Under 40 Awards, celebrating our region’s finest emerging talent in residential design.
Text by Paula M. Bodah
It was his passion for golf that led Chris Buccino to landscape architecture. “I’m a lifelong avid golfer, and I was also interested in architecture,” he relates. “In my senior year of high school, I had to do a project, and I decided to design a golf course. I didn’t go into golf course design, but that’s how I found landscape architecture.”
After earning his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Florida and a master’s degree at Harvard, Buccino joined the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based STIMSON where he worked on scores of residential and commercial projects throughout New England and beyond. “Steve [Stimson] was raised on a dairy farm, and there’s a pragmatic, agrarian component to his design thinking and philosophy that has permeated my own design philosophy,” says Buccino.
In 2019, he opened his own firm, Landschop, based in his hometown of Falmouth on Cape Cod. The name, he explains, comes from an old Dutch word that means “shoveled earth” and is the first known word for “landscape.”
Buccino’s concern for the planet infuses his designs. “I believe in climate change, and I’m not afraid to be very vocal about that,” he says. “On every project I’m looking for ways to reduce the carbon footprint and to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change while preserving design integrity.”
In terms of design style, Buccino favors a contemporary take on the traditional Cape Cod vernacular. “I like the tension between clean design and the wilder components of the native Cape landscape,” he says.
Buccino has also developed a sophisticated sensibility from travels to Europe, India, Asia, and South America. “I’ve had all these tremendous experiences that have added a more cosmopolitan layer to my work,” he says.
Buccino still loves golf, and when he is not tending to his young business or his two-year-old son, he’s out trying to improve on his 4.4 handicap.
The “5 Under 40” celebration is on September 14, 2022, at the Landry & Arcari showroom in Boston. The party and auction are open to the public. Join us by purchasing your tickets here.