Asa grew up between Martha’s Vineyard and Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is interested in how landscape architecture can mitigate the negative effects of climate change by creating sustainable built environments as well as the connection between climate change and international security. Asa's previous research includes algal blooms in Massachusetts estuaries, how economic incentives can prevent wildlife poaching and the loss of biodiversity, and the impact of water insecurity on Iraq.
Asa received a Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Civilizations and Societies from Boston College and a Graduate Certificate in International Security from Harvard University. Asa joined MVVA in 2021.