Paul S. Butkus, ASLA, has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of landscape and architectural design. His work spans many scales, complexities and continents, ranging from residential backyards to performing arts centers, museums, university campuses, urban parks, and waterfront developments. Paul brings his diversified experience to all levels of project development.
Paul has a deep interest in how buildings and objects are constructed. Almost an obsession, this interest manifests itself in the extremely thorough and journalistic quantity and quality of photographs he takes of projects before and during construction. Paul’s passion for understanding why things are the way they are is particularly useful in adaptive re-use and historic preservation projects, where unlocking the history buried behind the surfaces and integrating new with old results in more sensitive and thoughtful interventions.
Coming from a family of several generations of builders and cabinet makers and working as an estate gardener since he was 13 led to a focus on landscape architecture for the beginning portion of his career. Working at Pirie Associates has allowed him to be active in both landscape design and architecture.
Paul received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University.