Aidan Ackerman

Director of Digital Media & Landscape Architecture Faculty

Boston Architectural College

320 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

 

Phone: 617.585.0231

Email: aidan.ackerman@the-bac.edu

Website: aidanackerman.com

 

Education

2011 Master of Landscape Architecture

Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA

Design Thesis: Digital Landscapes - Spatial Modeling of Internet Infrastructures

 

2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts cum laude

New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, NY


 

Research and Fellowships

2017 Educational Research Fund Grant Recipient

Proposal: Student-Defined Curriculum and a Competency-Based Approach to Learning

Board of Trustees, Boston Architectural College, Boston, MA

 

2014 Landscape Performance Education Grant Recipient

Proposal: Landscape Performance Integration Within the Landscape Architecture Design Studio

The Landscape Architecture Foundation, Washington, DC

 

2013 Case Study Investigation (CSI) Research Fellow

The Landscape Architecture Foundation, Washington, DC

 

2011 Research Assistant, Harvard Green Roofs Initiative & Materials Research Collection  

Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA

 

2010 Penny White Traveling Fellow

Proposal: From Policy to Practice: Xeriscape Grant Program in Cathedral City, CA

Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA

 

Publications

2017 Ackerman, A. & Glekas, E., (2017). Digital Capture and Fabrication Tools for Interpretation of Historic Sites. Cities People Places: ISPRS Ann. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., IV-2-W2, 107-114, https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-annals-IV-2-W2-107-2017, 2017

 

2015 Hammer, S. & Ackerman, A., (2015). Progress and Pitfalls in Community Mapping: Behaviors, Cognitions, and New Directions.  Cities People Places: An International Journal on Urban Environments. 1(1), pp.19-31.

 

2015 Ackerman, A. and Beth Lundell Garver (2015).  “Social Media as a Visualization Tool: Mapping the Urban Landscape.”  Landscape Research Record, Vol. 4, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. pp.2-9.

 

2015 Ackerman, A. and Maria Bellalta (2015).  “Analysis to Site Design: Landscape Performance and the Design Studio.” Conference Proceedings, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.

 

2010 Mostafavi, Mohsen. A View on Harvard GSD, Vol. 3. Tank Form LTD., 2010. pp. 10.

Illustration by A. Ackerman

 

2009 Mostafavi, Mohsen. A View on Harvard GSD, Vol. 2. Tank Form LTD., 2009. pp. 11.

Writings & illustrations by A. Ackerman

 

Presentations & Lectures

2017 Modeling Coastal Sedimentation and Erosion for Design Applications within the Field of Landscape Architecture and Architecture 

Visual Resources Stewardship Conference

Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL

 

2017 Digital Capture and Fabrication Tools for Interpretation of Historic Sites

26th International CIPA Symposium – Digital Workflows for Heritage Conservation

Carleton College, Ottawa, ON

 

2016 Coded Landscape: Programming Natural Phenomena

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

Utah State University, Logan, UT

 

2015 Analysis to Site Design: Landscape Performance and the Design Studio

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

 

2015 Social Media as a Visualization Tool: Mapping the Urban Landscape

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

 

2014 Landscape Performance Panel - Waterfront Ecologies: Opportunities and Challenges of Assessing Site Performance

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

 

2013 Teaching Design Thinking

Emerging Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ELE) Group - Kigali, Rwanda  

2013 L-Systems and Computerized Applications of Algorithmic Biology

Guest Lecturer: ES20 How to Create Things & Have Them Matter

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cambridge, MA  

 

2012 Designing Digitally: Design Thinking and Virtual Design Applications

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia  

 

2011 Lessons From The Development of Sustainable Water Management in Cathedral City, CA

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Planners Network Salon, Cambridge, MA  

 

2011 From Policy to Practice - Xeriscape Grant Program Review and Findings

Harvard Graduate School of Design, Lunch Lecture Series, Cambridge, MA

 

Teaching

2014-present Director of Digital Media & Landscape Architecture Faculty

Boston Architectural College, Boston, MA  

Courses Taught:

◾ LAN2001 Landscape Architecture Studio: Ecological Analysis and Conceptual Frameworks, Spring 2014- Fall 2017

◾ LAN2003 Social Urbanism Landscape Architecture Studio + Travel Intensive, Medellín,    Colombia Fall 2017

◾ DME2073 Visual Communication, Fall 2016-present

◾ FND3010 Making & Modeling, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2017

◾ DME2100/CD105 Representation Workshop: Narrative Space - Storytelling Through Digital Media Summer, 2015 & Summer 2016

◾ DME2017 Information Graphics, Diagramming & Publishing, Spring 2015

◾ DME2000 Architecture Representation: Spatial Thinking, Fall 2014

 

2012-2014 Adjunct Faculty

Boston Architectural College, Boston, MA  

Courses Taught:

◾ FND3033 Visual Thinking, Fall 2013 & Spring 2014

◾ LAN2003 LA Studio:  Housing and Institutional Planning, Spring 2013 & Spring 2014

◾ LAN2001 Landscape Architecture Studio: Ecological Analysis and Conceptual Frameworks, Spring 2014- Fall 2017

 

2011-2014 Design Instructor

ArtScience Labs, Boston, MA  

 

Teaching Fellow

Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA

 

Thesis Advising

2017 Jonathan Cave, Master of Landscape Architecture Thesis Project, Boston Architectural College

Digital Workflows For Mitigating Sea Level Rise

 

Matthew Latorella, Bachelor of Design Studies Degree Project, Boston Architectural College

Architecture, Immersion, and Communication: Building a Platform for Instant Feedback and Collaboration in Virtual Reality

 

2016 Sophie Bignet, Master of Landscape Architecture Thesis Project, Boston Architectural College

Re-Mediated Ground

 

Rood Vincent, Bachelor of Design Studies Degree Project, Boston Architectural College

Balancing Power, Speed, and Simplicity in Design Software

 

2015 Nicholas Speidell, Bachelor of Design Studies Degree Project, Boston Architectural College

An Evaluation of Rendering Software

 

2014 Anahita Kianous, Master of Landscape Architecture Thesis Project, Boston Architectural College

Revitalizing Revere Beach: A Proposal for a Resilient Coastal Landscape

 

2014 Andrew Hovey, Bachelor of Design Studies Degree Project, Boston Architectural College

The GrowNorth Initiative: Addressing Food Security in Circumpolar Canada

 

Professional Experience

2011-present Principal, EarthVision 3D Modeling and Rendering Studio, Boston, MA

2012 Landscape Crew Supervisor, Trustees of Reservations, Boston, MA

2010-2011 Staff, Research Computing Environment, The Harvard/MIT Data Center at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Cambridge, MA

2009 Landscape Design Intern, Town of Amherst, Amherst, MA

2003-2008 Senior Systems Administrator, Eaton & Associates, San Francisco, CA

2002-2003 Computer Technician, Yes Computers, Northampton, MA

 

Projects, Competitions, & Exhibitions

2017 BOS/MEX + MEX/BOS A Causa Del Agua/Because of Water - An Exhibit of Work From The BAC and Centro Metropolitano de Arquitectura Sustentable (C+), México City

Exhibition design, installation, work curation, and virtual reality component design

 

2016 Beyond Convention – Expanding the Architectural Graphic, Boston Arts Academy

 

2015 Boston Living With Water Competition Team, Boston, MA - People’s Choice Award

 

2014 Harvard Allston Master Plan Renderings, Allston, MA

 

2013 30 Light Street Design Competition, Baltimore, MD - Finalist with Janet Echelman Studio

 

2012 Prix Ars Electronica / The Next Idea Linz, Austria - Tracing the Digital/Physical: A Foray Into Hybrid Geographies

 

2012 Landscape Urbanism Magazine - Sited: Digital Strategies For Landscape Modeling

 

2011 Green Roof Installation with Copley Wolff Design Group, 86 State Street, Boston, MA

 

2011 Harvard Graduate School of Design Group Exhibit, Cambridge, MA - Sited: Digital Strategies For Landscape Modeling

 

2011 Harvard Graduate School of Design Exhibit, Cambridge, MA - Mapping the Brain


 

Professional Associations

2014-2016 Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA)

2009-2016 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

 

Academic Service

2016-present   Education Council Co-Chair, Boston Architectural College

2014-present  Peer Reviewer, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

2016  Curriculum Committee Co-Chair, Boston Architectural College

2015  Director of Distance M.Arch Faculty Search Committee, Boston Architectural College

2015  Landscape Architecture Faculty Search Committee, Boston Architectural College

2015  Juror, BDS Degree Project Commends, Boston Architectural College

2015  Dual Enrollment Program Initiative, Boston Architectural College

2015  Faculty Task Force, Boston Architectural College

2015  Advisory Board, Boston Architectural College School of Landscape Architecture

2015  Review Panel, Boston Arts Academy Senior Grant Project

2014-2015  High School to Higher Ed. Transitions Subcommittee, Boston STEM Network

2014-2015  Futures Committee, Boston Architectural College

2014-2015  Real Estate Committee, Boston Architectural College Board of Directors

2014  Visiting Studio Critic, Northeastern University School of Architecture

2014  Juror, The Richard Painter Scholarship, Boston Architectural College