Gerhard began his professional studies in landscape design at Fanshawe College (1986) followed by a Bachelor of Design (environmental planning) from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1993) and MSc degree (planning and landscape architecture) from the University of Guelph (1996). He has served as President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Landscape Architects and on the CSLA Board of Directors.
During his early career, Gerhard worked with several Ontario based landscape architecture offices. In the mid-90s he had the good fortune of moving to Newfoundland and Labrador where he became the Senior Landscape Architect at the Grand Concourse Authority in St. John’s. Here he worked alongside many young landscape architects to develop the walkway system (CSLA National Honour 2003, ASLA National Honour 2005). While at the Grand Concourse Authority Gerhard was awarded the CSLA Regional Honour (2004) for his design of the Bowring Park Duck Pond rehabilitation project. In 1998 he founded Tract Consulting, a company focused on providing professional planning and landscape architectural services.
Currently, Gerhard divides his time between his landscape architecture practice and managing his expanding sheep farm on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario.