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Summit Speaker: Gerdo Aquino

Gerdo Aquino
June 10, 2016

Gerdo P Aquino, FASLA, PLA
Firmwide CEO, SWA
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Southern California

Based in Los Angeles, Gerdo Aquino is firm-wide CEO of SWA, an award-winning global practice operating on the leading edge of landscap­­e architecture, urban design and planning. The firm is 100% employee owned, in operation for over 60 years, has worked strategically in over 60 countries and comprises over 200 people nurturing a critical dialogue of ecology, design and urbanism that works for cities around the world. Notable public realm projects include the redesign of the culturally significant San Jacinto Plaza in El Paso, Guthrie Green in Tulsa, the California Academy of Arts and Sciences in San Francisco and the highly regarded Buffalo Bayou Promenade and Greenways in Houston. Gerdo is currently leading 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 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.