Aaron Ackerman’s approach to design seeks to promote ecological principles among built, social, and natural environments, while celebrating the beauty of community. Prior to pursuing landscape architecture, he worked six years in urban and environmental planning where he discovered his interest in design of the built environment and its impact on community health and social resiliency. With his graduate thesis studio, he lead a participatory design project with residents along the Lower Los Angeles River to plan, design, and build informal, responsive community spaces. Drawing on his background in planning, Aaron is focused on exploring and evolving landscape architecture’s civic role, including large and small-scale community based design of the public realm. Aaron earned his Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and his Master of Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona.