Gerdo Aquino, FASLA CEO, SWA
Gerdo Aquino is firm-wide CEO of SWA based in Los Angeles, an award-winning global practice operating on the leading edge of landscape architecture, urban design and planning. With 20 years of professional experience, he has had much success in solving a wide range of environmental landscape design problems for projects where open space, density, and place-making are key issues, and he has gained a thorough understanding of the public review process, which often includes extensive cultural, historical, public art, and public participation components. Gerdo’s notable public realm projects include the redesign of the culturally significant San Jacinto Plaza in El Paso, and the design of Belgrade, Serbia’s Sava Promenada, a 1 kilometer urban waterfront that will reconnect the city’s historic center to the Sava River.
Gerdo is also adjunct associate professor at the University of Southern California and has taught option studio at the Harvard Graduate School of Design over the past two years. He has served on the Harvard Design Magazine editorial board, USC academic advisory committee, has lectured at important institutions in around the world and co-authored the award-winning research publication Landscape Infrastructure: case studies by SWA (Birkhauser, 2013-14 first, second edition) that examined the future role of infrastructure in balancing ecological systems, economic development and open space needs within dense urban cities.