Posted on June 13, 2011 11:20 AM
Walter Hood is a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley's Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design Department, and chaired the department from 1998 to 2002. He established his Oakland, California-based studio in 1992. His studio, Hood Design, has been engaged in architectural commissions, urban design, art installations and research for almost twenty years. Earlier projects located in Oakland such as the Lafayette Square and Splash Pad Parks are regarded as transformative designs for the field of landscape architecture. Hood Design is also the designer for the gardens and landscape of the new De Young Museum; the new landscape for the California African American Museum in Los Angeles; and the new sculpture terrace for the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming. In 2009-10 Walter Hood received the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Design, and in 2010 was bestowed the title, Master of Design, by Fast Company magazine.