Hood’s projects also vary tremendously in scale. While one design might apply to three square blocks with a budget in the low thousands, another will tackle acres of land with millions set aside for the transformation. Whether it’s a community garden inspired by kitchen gardens of Villandry, France, a luxurious outdoor setting for a house in San Francisco, an expansive waterfront masterplan for city of Oakland, art objects for Project Row House in Houston, or the hush-harbor inspired International African American Museum landscape, Hood uses the social and ecological tendencies of a site in combination with its natural and cultural history to expand the influence of landscape.
Walter Hood earned a Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from North Carolina A&T State University in 1981. In 1989 he received both his Master of Landscape and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, where he is now a professor. In 2013 completed a Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Hood is the recipient of countless awards, including the 2017 Arts and Letters Award in Architecture from the NY American Academy of Arts and Letters, Nomination to the President’s National Council on the Arts, The Goldman Sachs Design Fellowship for the Smithsonian Institute in 2011, and the AIA Award for Collaborative Achievement in the same year. Hood is also the author of numerous publications and has participated in a variety of exhibitions.