Gerdo Aquino MLA '96
“I see my practice as a dynamic mix of landscape architecture and urban design.” Gerdo’s work focuses on under-utilized 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 “Landscape Infrastructure: Case Studies by SWA,” encompassing much of his current thinking about landscape architecture, both professionally and academically.