Preston J. Bussard

Principal, Senior Design Architect

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Senior Design Architect Preston “Buzz” Bussard brings over 35 years of expertise and a commitment to timeless design to the Court Atkins Group residential team. Preston began his architectural career at the University of Wisconsin, where he received a BS in architecture. Prior to joining Court Atkins Group, Preston founded his own firm, Bussard Architects in Geneva, IL, and worked as a senior designer for the nationally-acclaimed firm of Looney, Ricks & Kiss Architects in Memphis, TN. Buzz also played a pivotal design role at BSB Design in Palatine, IL, and Blackburn Associates in Indianapolis, IN. He is a registered architect in both Illinois and South Carolina, and specializes in traditional residential architecture, often drawing his designs by hand. Most recently, Preston’s design guidance can be seen in Builder Magazine, where he served as one of three national jurors for the 2021 Builder’s Choice Awards. He and his wife Jeanette are now officially full-time Lowcountry residents, enjoying their new lifestyle in their dream home in the heart of Bluffton, SC.

Describe your process:  I start with an idea…whether it be from a phrase, photograph or drawing, and work with it like “clay” to mold it into a pleasing form.

Quote relevant to your work life:  “You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out”. From my father Jack Bussard

What is that life changing song or album:  “Violator” by Depeche Mode. It came out after I started dating my future wife. I listened to it over and over as I drove from Chicago to Muncie. It is an amazing album

Who is the best movie villain:  Hannibal Lecter - Silence of the lambs

What is the next thing on your bucket list:  Krispy Kreme donut run. 5 miles total - run 2.5 miles, eat a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts, run 2.5. All in less than one hour

Where would you relocate if you were forced to leave the country:  Somewhere in the English countryside, maybe the lake district. It has a very laidback, relaxed beauty which I truly enjoy.