design statement

I have designed and executed meaningful, thoughtful, and contextually-aware structures and interventions across the country, and across multiple scales and building types. My built work has earned international and national recognition, in publications and awards, for excellence in design, preservation, and community engagement.

The projects presented below have been selected from my broader design portfolio because these projects demonstrate my ideas about design and the kinds of questions that I ask of buildings and of the buildings that I design. These questions are centered on the relationship between the built and natural environment and the broader impact of design decisions on the environment and human health and flourishing. Whether designed using traditional materials and methods or newly-emerging technologies, or in the careful adaptation of an existing structure, the structures that I design express my abiding commitment to craft and durability and are formed by a specific philosophical and practical approach informed by my research. The structures that I design embody the very principles of design, composition, and execution that I teach; and are didactic subjects of study, both in the context of my research and others’.

These select projects have been published and awarded and represent the broad range of work that I have engaged in over my 16-year career, in collaboration with both public and private clients and as Partner of the firm, Buccellato Design, LLC (South Bend, Indiana).

Select Projects

Design Awards

Grants & Awards to Projects

Publications & Press

  • Allen, K. “Buccellato Design makes LaSalle State Bank shine again.” South Bend Tribune. April 10, 2016.
  • 2012 Annual Report & 2015 Annual Impact Report, University of Notre Dame
  • Aimee P. C. Buccellato. 2015. “The Responsibility of Technology versus the Technology of Responsibility.” In Durability in Construction: Traditions and Sustainability in the 21st Century, edited by Richard Economakis. Papadakis Press.
  • “Cement Log Homes.” Teton Home and Living Magazine. Fall/ Winter 2013-2014. p. 14-15.
  • “Stunning and Sturdy: Mountain Cabin.” Cabin Life Magazine. Oct. 2013. p. 28-35.
  • WNIT, “Behind the Scenes: Building a Research Facility (ND-LEEF).” Outdoor Elements. January 20, 2013 (TV) and online.
  • Buccellato, Aimee P. C., and Kaitlyn Veenstra. April 11-13, 2013. “Whole Building Re-Use – It Adds Up.” Proceedings of the 2013 Reclaim + Remake Symposium. Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning, Washington, D. C.
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  • “’Why Use EverLog Concrete Logs?’ Feature Project.” EverLog Systems Newsletter. Vol. 29. August 2012. Online.
  • Coyne, T. “Notre Dame Breaks Ground on Waterways Research Center.” Associated Press. June 18, 2012.
  • Zellers, J. “Notre Dame Breaks Ground on Environment Research Center.” ABC 57 (TV). June18, 2012.
  • WNDU, “Notre Dame Breaking Ground on Environmental Center.” WNDU (TV) June 18, 2012.
  • Smith, P. W. “World War II Grad Helps Homeless Vets.” Notre Dame Lawyer Magazine. Spring 2012.
  • Blasko, E. “ND to grow $1 million LEEF at Park.” South Bend Tribune. February 15, 2012.
  • Dits, J. “Just for the Veterans: Center Nearly Ready for Homeless.” South Bend Tribune. November 11, 2011.
  • Buccellato, Aimee P. C. April 29-30, 2011. “Quantifying Sustainable Design: Select Case Studies.” Proceedings of the 2011 Building Enclosure Sustainability Symposium, 127-134. California Polytechnic University, Pomona, California.: Tyler Tucker.
  • Buccellato, Aimee P. C. November 3-5, 2010. “Responsible Technology: The Green Scale Research Project.” Proceedings of the 2010 Creating_Making Forum, 113-120. The University of Oklahoma College of Architecture, Norman, Oklahoma.: The University of Oklahoma Press.
  • Gunther, P. “Celebrating Habitat for Humanity’s 35th Year – And Can Carter Ready Take Credit.” Huffington Post. October 13, 2010. Online.
  • O’ Dell, D. (Ed.), 2010 Dream Dallas Home Design Pattern Book. The Texas Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America. 2010. p. 27-31.
  • Bock, G. “The Precast Cabin.” Period Homes Magazine. Vol. 10, No. 5. Sept. 2009. p. 21-23.
  • “Home News: Concrete Cabin Fever.” This Old House Magazine. April 2009. p.1 6.
  • “Western Focus, People & Profiles: Cultured Log Systems.” Big Sky Journal: Home. September 2007. p.61.



Prior Work 2002 - 2008

Associate of the Firm and Project Manager
G. P. Schafer, Architect PLLC (New York City)

Select Awarded & Published Projects

See CV and Projects for Publications, Press, and Awards

@ A Glance

Lead Project Designer
Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF)

Buccellato Design, LLC
526 East LaSalle Avenue
South Bend, Indiana 46617

Prior Work

G. P. Schafer Architect, PLLC, New York City, New York
Associate of the Firm (2002-2008)
See Select Portfolio

John B. Murray Architect, LLC, New York City, New York
Project Architect (2001-2002)

Curtis & Windham Architects, Houston, Texas
Graduate Architect (2000-2001)

Recent Awards

Citation Award for New Construction
American Institute of Architects (AIA) – Indiana

Excellence in Design Award
International Network of Traditional Building and Urbanism (INTBAU)

In Progress

Phase 2 - Education and Outreach Campus

Clearwater Farm
1,000-acre Family and Retreat Center
Mill Creek, Indiana