Gerdo Aquino is the Chief Executive Officer of SWA, a studio-based design firm recognized for its creative ideas in the fields of landscape architecture, urban design and planning. SWA has worked strategically in over 60 countries nurturing a critical dialogue of urbanism that integrates principles of design, ecology and technology into a robust public infrastructure for people. Based out of Los Angeles, Aquino is an accomplished professional and academic whose focus on the public realm heightens his position on the importance of collaborative decision-making between communities, city agencies and consultants. Aquino is Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) and co-author of a Birkhauser publication entitled landscape infrastructure: case studies by SWA released as a 2nd edition in February 2014.
Aquino received his Masters of Landscape Architecture in 1996 from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida. He was the co-founder of AsiaGSD at Harvard Design School in 1994 and is an active lecturer at professional organizations and academic institutions around the world.