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BIO: Walter Hood, Landscape Architect for Museum Sculpture Trail January 10, 2012  |  Categories: Sculpture Trail

Award-winning landscape architect Walter Hood, working from his Hood Design Studio in Oakland, Calif., has made a name for himself through using his craft for the social good, often transforming neglected public spaces into places that are meaningful to their communities and that allow people to engage with their environment in new ways.  A deserted Oakland traffic island beneath a freeway, for example, was transformed into a park that hosts a farmer’s market and concert series.

Hood’s innovative and people-friendly designs include high-profile public spaces like the De Young Museum grounds in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.  He serves as a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, was named a 2011 “Character Approved” honoree “changing the face of American Culture” by USA Network, and a Hood concept titled “Democracy’s Front Porch” was recently named one of five finalists in a design competition to revamp President’s Park South adjacent to the White House.   Current projects include the design of the new sculpture trail, a three quarter-mile outdoor art venue connected to the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Additional Resources:
Fast Company, “Landscape Architect Walter Hood Aims to Build Community Inclusive Spaces,” October 1, 2010
Architect: the magazine of the American Institute of Architects, “Studio Visit: Hood Design,” June 6, 2011

Image Credit: © Walter Hood, Hood Design Studio