SWA Names New President

SWA Group Names L.A.’s Gerdo Aquino President,
Joins CEO Kevin Shanley On Executive Team
of Global Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Firm

Los Angeles (March 10, 2010) – SWA Group, one of the most highly recognized landscape architectural and urban design firms in the world, announced today that Gerdo Aquino, a Managing Principal of SWA’s Los Angeles office, was named President of the firm. He joins the management team led by CEO Kevin Shanley, a Design Principal of the Houston office who was both President and CEO and now shares some of those responsibilities.

Aquino is an active designer heading the Los Angeles studio for SWA, and is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Southern California.

SWA’s Los Angeles office was recognized in 2008 with the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Honor Award for the Analysis and Planning of Chongming Island, China, where massive alluvial deposits were evaluated for their potential to create ‘new’ land and strengthen existing estuary systems at the mouth of the Yangtze River Delta. In 2009, the LA Studio received the ASLA Honor award for the Zobon Sculpture Garden, also in Shanghai, whose design interpreted local flooding of the nearby Huangpu River with a 3-dimensional composition of stone, glass and reflective water forms. Current work in the Los Angeles studio includes an international profile of projects such as a linear park along the banks of Ballona Creek in Los Angeles, the urban design of a 7 km river corridor in Sichuan Province, China, and most recently an infrastructural ‘cap’ park in Seoul, Korea.

Aquino is a registered landscape architect in six states including California, and is an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Urban Land Institute.

SWA Group (, established in 1957, is an international landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm with offices in Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, CA, Sausalito, CA, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston and Shanghai. Since its inception, SWA Group has worked in over 60 countries, and its projects have garnered more than 600 awards.

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  1. Go Gerdo! I had the pleasure of meeting him at a job fair at CalPoly, SLO. Your Lamy Safari is cool Gerdo but digital pen tablet is better! ; )


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