Gerdo P Aquino CEO

“With urban densities on the rise, cities are poised to exemplify greatness or self-destruction. My projects in these cities seek to mediate the extremes and bring a sense of stability to the disparate communities and districts that make them livable.”

Gerdo Aquino’s work focuses on underutilized or abandoned urban and suburban infill sites that nonetheless have the potential to enhance their existing surroundings through creative programming and natural systems integration. Clients enlist him to assemble innovative teams where specialization is both required and necessary given the complex issues facing contemporary landscape architecture projects around the world.

Gerdo’s longstanding interest in Asia began at Harvard, where he co-founded the Graduate School of Design’s first Asian student organization, AsiaGSD. He also has extensive experience in the analysis and planning of multi-scaled ecological corridors and repurposed streets and plazas in urban areas of North America, Asia, Russia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

Gerdo co-authored the book “Landscape Infrastructure: Case Studies by SWA,” encompassing much of his current thinking about landscape architecture, both professionally and academically.

Inspired By

Research into innovative new materials and landscape technologies for public and/or private open space; transforming post-industrial, urban waterfronts into viable places for people, commerce, and tourism; helping shape the future growth of global cities.


Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida

Affiliations & Registrations

Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects

Associate Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Los Angeles Chapter

Member, Urban Land Institute

Selected Awards

ASLA Southern California Chapter Honor Award, Sands Bethworks Redevelopment (2014)

ASLA Southern California Chapter Honor Award, Giant Interactive Headquarters (2014)

Moscow River Embankment Competition, Moscow, Russian Federation. Finalist (2014)

ASLA Southern California Chapter Honor Award-Communications, Landscape Infrastructure: Case Studies by SWA (2012)

ASLA Southern California Chapter Merit Award, Planning & Analysis, Anning River (2012)