Friday, May 16, 2014
Center for the Arts, Mainstage Theatre
UB North Campus
Walter J. Hood is an environmental designer, artist and educator based in Oakland, California. He is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley's Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design Department, which he chaired from 1998 to 2002. His studio practice, Hood Design, has been engaged in environmental design, urban design, art installations, and research commissions since 1992.
Hood works in the urban civic realm, from small community-based places to large-scale landscape commissions. His studio recently completed the UB Solar Strand, a 750 kilowatt photovoltaic array within the campus landscape at the University at Buffalo, the new Powell Street Promenade in San Francisco, which was recently awarded an ASLA Honor Award, and the new Sculpture Terrace for the Jackson Museum of Wildlife Art in Wyoming. Hood Design was also responsible for the gardens and landscape of the Herzog & de Meuron–designed De Young Museum in San Francisco. Earlier projects located in Oakland, such as Lafayette Square and Splash Pad Park, are regarded as transformative designs for the field of landscape architecture.
Earlier this year, Hood was appointed as the inaugural holder of the David K. Woo Chair in Environmental Design. Hood served as a Goldman Sachs Design Fellow for the Smithsonian Institute and as a MIT fellow for Robert Taylor in 2011, and was the 2009 recipient of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Design. He has exhibited and lectured on his professional projects and speculative works internationally.
Walter Hood is one of two recipients of this year's Dean's Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Buffalo School in recognition of individuals with extraordinary achievements in our professions.
Read more: Buffalo School Honors Louis P. Ciminelli and Walter Hood with 2014 Dean's Medal