Walter Hood, is a Professor and former chair of the Landscape Architecture and Envi-ronmental Planning program at the University of California, Berkeley. His area of teaching and research, American urban landscape history and design, is intertwined with an office practice of creating a didactic approach to projects.
Hood Design was established in 1992, in Oakland, California. The firm is a cultural practice committed to creating environments in which people live, work and play. The studio practice engages urban landscape where a collective density of inhabitants share physical, social, political and economic resources. This multidimensional context is the setting for the development of powerful sculpted expressions that explore site specific social and environmental processes. Landscapes and built elements emerge as improvised acts, familiar yet reshaped into something new.
Hood currently serves as Goldman Sach’s Design Fellow for the Smithsonian Institute in DC. Other recent honors include the AIA Award for Collaborative Achievement and a USA Character Approved Honor by NBC Universal. In 2010 Hood received the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and was also a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.www.wjhooddesign.com Back to all designers