Trained as an ecologist and landscape architect, Tao is active in the arena of ecological design, striving to bridge the gap between practice and science. As well as being mindful and invested in the creative expression, he seeks inspiration from a deep understanding of the project's socio-ecological context. As an integral part of Sasaki's strong international presence, Tao has led a number of award-winning projects and research initiatives. He has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and speaks frequently at conferences around the globe. He is also on the adjunct faculty of the Rhode Island School of Design.