Born in Haifa, Israel, Aronson studied landscape architecture at the University of California, Berkeley graduating in 1963. Following graduation he practiced at the office of Lawrence Halprin. With Halprin’s encouragement, he continued his studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, receiving his M.L.A. in 1966. He worked for two years in Boston and London, before returning to Israel and opening an office in Ein Kerem in 1969. Here, over the next four decades he developed a multidisciplinary practice blending architecture, landscape architecture, and planning. Known for creating modern spaces, he embraces the natural, cultural, and environmental characteristics of the land, referencing the region’s historical and agricultural traditions. His diverse body of work includes university campuses, parks, promenades, and plazas; among them: Gabriel Sherover Promenade and the Hass Promenade and Park, Jerusalem (a collaboration with friend and mentor, Lawrence Halprin); Kreitman Plaza, Ben-Gurion University, Beer Shiva; and archeological and national park projects, Caesarea, Beit Guvrin National Park, and Beit Shalom Park, Jerusalem. Although the majority of his work was in Israel, International work includes Japan, China, Egypt, and Italy.
Aronson’s design approach is well chronicled in three publications: Shlomo Aronson (1998), Aridscapes (2008), Making Peace with the Land: Tribute to Landscape Architect Shlomo Aronson (2010). He has taught at Bezalel University, Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Institute of Urban and Regional Studies at Hebrew University Jerusalem. The office continues today under the direction of landscape architect, Barbara Aronson and architect, Ittai Aronson.