Our Architects bring a fresh new approach to Landscape Architecture in a changing world
Eric R. Buck
Principal Landscape Architect/Owner
Where I’m from: I grew up in Meredith NH, on the shores of picturesque Lake Winnipesaukee. As a young boy I enjoyed being outside and always interacting with nature. You could usually find me and my younger brother building forts, playing in the woods and getting dirty.
Where I Studied: I have a B.S in Landscape Architecture as well as a B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Connecticut, GO HUSKIES!!
Where I’ve worked: At an early age I began mowing lawns and doing various landscape maintenance tasks with my father’s small lawn mowing company. I then went on to work for one of the premier landscape construction companies in the Lakes Region, working my way up through the ranks from laborer to foreman and eventually project manager. This deep rooted construction experience brings a valuable practicality to our designs.
Where I live: I currently live in Hopkinton NH with my wife Brooke, our black lab, Ruger, and our two young sons, Keegan, 6 and Reed, 4. We have recently built a new office for Terrain Planning & Design on our Hopkinton property.
What inspires me: I think we live in one of the most beautiful regions of the country. I love how our landscape interacts with the different seasons. I also think the history behind how our landscape was shaped is fascinating. I really like old stone walls & the resilience of native plant material continues to baffle me. Mother Nature has set the bar pretty high, the projects we design are just trying to keep up.
Why Landscape Architecture: Having the ability to create, change or enhance a person’s outdoor living environment is a great responsibility and something I take very seriously. Beyond that the creative blend of art and science that this profession puts in front of me on a daily basis is always exciting, challenging and invigorating.
What do I do when I’m not working: I am an avid outdoorsman. When not at work I can be found, fishing, hunting, skiing, hiking or camping. Enjoying time outdoors with my family is incredibly rewarding.
Associate Landscape Architect
Where I’m from: I grew up in Foster, Rhode Island, in a house that my father designed and built with his own two hands. As a young boy at the time, the process of seeing our house progress from a sketch on paper to a completely finished structure with all the comforts of home was truly remarkable to me. To this day, I consider the experience to be the initial spark which ignited my interest in the design and construction industries.
Where I Studied: In 2015, I earned a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Connecticut.
Where I’ve worked: At a very young age I began working for my parents and each of their small businesses. My father, being self-employed carpenter, specialized in building custom wood decks, sheds and home additions. My stepmother owned & operated a plant nursery business which was based at our home. I spent much of my youth inside a greenhouse, helping to maintain the plant stock, in addition to performing countless landscape and construction related tasks on a regular basis.
During college, I spent my summers working on the Horticulture and Facilities Departments at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. There, I was responsible for maintaining a diverse display of animal exhibits and public landscapes. Eventually, I worked my way up to Project Manager and spent a year managing the design and construction of several zoo renovation projects.
Where I live: In 2016, after being given the opportunity to come work at Terrain, my fiancé Kayli & I embarked on a new career path together, relocating from Rhode Island to New Hampshire. It has turned out to be a rewarding and life changing experience and we’ve both fallen in love with this beautiful state.
What inspires me: I am fascinated by the power of design, in terms of how the manipulation of space and form within the landscape, as well as the creative integration of both artistic and naturalistic elements can have such a profound impact on the quality of a living space, and by extension, the quality of a person’s life.
Why Landscape Architecture: Simple, I was born and raised to be a Landscape Architect. It is the perfect combination of both sides of my parents influence. My father taught me how to build things while my stepmother taught me about plants and introduced me into the landscape industry.
What do I do when I’m not working: When not at work, there is a good chance that I am hanging out at home or on a road trip with my beautiful fiancé. I also enjoy sketching, nature photography, wood working, playing basketball, practicing martial arts, hiking, and archery.
Where I’m from: I was born in Nebraska but moved to Wisconsin when I was a year old. I spent my younger years growing up there and playing in the woods with my sister. I think that is what fostered my love of nature and the outdoors. After leaving Wisconsin, we lived in Texas for a year and then moved to Colorado, where I lived from fourth grade through college. Being surrounded by Colorado’s rugged beauty solidified my desire to work with the natural environment.
Where I Studied: In 2003 I graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture. I’m a full member of the ASLA and I received my NH license in Landscape Architecture in 2010.
Where I’ve worked: While studying at CSU I worked at a plant nursery assisting them with propagation, potting and general care of their plant stock. I also worked with the Forest Service documenting campsites along the Poudre and Big Thompson Rivers. After graduation I had a desire to return to the forests of my youth, which led me to move to New Hampshire. I worked at Keach-Nordstrom Associates, Inc. in Bedford, NH for 15 years. This was a great opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary environment creating landscape designs for various commercial and industrial projects.
Where I live: Today I live in Canterbury, NH with my husband Eric, son Arlo and Pointer puppy Iggy. Colorado will always have a piece of my heart, but I have definitely fallen in love with the beauty of New Hampshire and feel lucky to call it home.
What inspires me: My son inspires me every day and teaches me to follow my dreams and enjoy every day. Family is so important to me and to create spaces where other people can enjoy time together and make memories is really rewarding.
Why Landscape Architecture: For me, Landscape Architecture is the perfect blend of creative and analytical thinking. Conceptualizing a design in your mind and then working out all the logistics to make it a reality is exciting and rewarding. I love the challenge of working with your surroundings and blending your design so the natural and built environments work together and complement each other.
What do I do when I’m not working: In my free time I love being with my family and friends and volunteering at the local animal shelter. I also enjoy traveling, photography, hiking and being outside in general.
Where I’m from: I grew up in Bedford, NH and spend summers in Brookfield. I’ve also lived in Meredith, on Lake Winnipesaukee and part of the larger Lakes Region area of New Hampshire.
Where I Studied: I graduated from Proctor Academy, an independent school in Andover, NH. I subsequently attended Plymouth State University to study Sports Administration.
Where I’ve worked: In the Summer of 1994, I began my first landscaping position with Belknap Landscape in Gilford, NH. For the next five years, I held a variety of positions including foreman and maintenance manager. In the Summer of 1999, I joined Scott Burns Landscaping in Meredith, NH and served as a foreman for multiple projects in the Lakes Region for the next three years. As a lifelong skier and ski coach, I was excited to next join the team at Pat’s Peak in Henniker heading up their Grounds Department before moving on to a full-time opportunity to work in the ski industry. In 2009 I began a company, Taproot Landscape which I ran for the next three years. I joined Terrain Planning & Design in January, 2019 as Project Manager and am thrilled to be a part of this dynamic firm.
Where I live: I live in Hopkinton, New Hampshire with my wife Genevieve and our two sons, Peter, age 10 and Wyatt, age 8. On weekends from November through March, I coach at Pat’s Peak in Henniker.
What inspires me: Most importantly, my family inspires me. Working and playing outdoors, surrounded by nature, inspires me. As a Project manager, I’ve always enjoyed being part of the landscape construction process from start to finish, and especially appreciate the depth of organizational logistics so critical part to every project we manage. I love the challenge of working with an empty lot, new construction or existing renovation, observing how we can create an inspiring landscape design, how it all comes together and what it looks like when we leave.
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Terrain Planning & Design LLC
311 Kast Hill Road
Hopkinton NH 03229
Tel: (603) 746-3512
“Erik Buck with Terrain Planning is the most professional, versed, and creative architect that I have worked with in 30 years in the industry.”
“Terrain planning and design have done several design projects for me. One of the few landscape design companies that will design and over see the project till the finish. Great company.”
“We hired Eric from Terrain Planning to redesign the courtyard of our reproduction home in Henniker NH. The plans we received were absolutely top notch and beautiful.”