Welcome to ACE Creative Studio

I am a filmmaker, designer, urbanist, and visual storyteller with wide ranging creative communications, Design thinking, and video production experience.
A two-time National News Emmy Award winning journalist and communications strategist, I’m now running a creative design studio and video production consulting practice in Charlottesville VA.   
As a graduate student and instructor in UVA’s School of Architecture, I directed the documentary film Landscapes of Longevity, which premiered at the 2014 Virginia Film Festival.
Thriving Cities
For over two years, I worked with Thriving Cities, a cross-disciplinary group of urban researchers, leading multimedia storytelling, product development, and design-research strategies.  I also was the Creative Director at its parent institute, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at UVA.
Past Projects/Portfolio
Prior to moving to Charlottesville in 2011 to pursue my master’s degree at UVA, I was a broadcast journalist and investigative producer at ABC News in New York for eight years.  From my professional news production, to my urban and landscape architecture training, to professional work in visual media and design thinking, the selected examples on this website illuminate the wide range of skills and passion I carry for my storytelling, research, and design work.
New Projects
I’m always open to new adventures and projects, especially involving community histories, social justice, creative placemaking, landscape architecture, start-ups and innovation, or even kids, sports, electric bikes, and backyard chickens.  I would love to hear your ideas for the next project!
Visit Again Soon
Come visit again soon, where I’ll be posting more content, more videos of past projects, and ideas for my upcoming Urban Design Studio course in the School of Architecture at UVA.
“Ace Creative” – Since 1980

The name of this creative practice is based on history.  For me it’s vital to be a humble, open, and curious life-long learner.  While I have many skills and experience, I don’t profess too ardently that I’m an “ace” with everything.  “Ace” is based on my childhood nickname — indeed started in the early 1980’s — and now the nickname of my first son as well. 

Contact Me
asaeslocker@gmail.com
c: 917-279-7599