Asa eslocker bio

Asa Eslocker is a two-time National News Emmy award winning investigative journalist, news producer at ABC News in NYC, landscape architect, and urban systems researcher who currently leads program development for the Thriving Cities Project – a cross-disciplinary venture creating a new paradigm of holistic urban assessment tools, housed at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at UVA.

Weaving his storytelling and investigative sensibility with urban design theory and cultural landscape scholarship, Asa received his Masters of Landscape Architecture from UVA in 2014.  He subsequently taught graduate level courses in the School of Architecture and helped Dean Elizabeth Meyer establish the interdisciplinary Center for Cultural Landscapes.  Asa’s research culminated with the production of the documentary film “Landscapes of Longevity” – co-created with research partner Harriett Jameson – that premiered at the 2014 Virginia Film Festival, and received the 2014 ASLA Student Award in Research from American Society of Landscape Architects. After the initial success of “Landscapes of Longevity” and numerous subsequent screenings of the film, Asa is still developing the film and research for potential publications and partnerships in creative urban design.

Asa grew up in Athens, Ohio and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003 with a B.A. in Political Science.  He currently resides in Charlottesville.  See more about Asa, including his CV, at UVA’s School of Architecture website.

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