Founded in 1992 in Oakland, Calif., Hood Design Studio is committed to issues that address the reconstruction of urban landscapes within towns and cities. The firm takes a multidimensional approach to projects, exploring the role of specific landscape typologies and topologies that together reinforce and remake landscapes that are specific to place and people. The firm’s principal and founder, Walter Hood, is a professor and former chair of the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning program at the University of California, Berkeley.
Committed to the development of environments that reflect their place, time and social uses, Hood Design’s interest in the reconstruction of urban landscapes seeks to develop new strategies and spatial forms that also validate their existing context. Its project research includes cultural and environmental histories, as well as physical, social and biological patterns and practices that begin to uncover familiar and untold stories about the site and its context.
Hood Design Studio has received the AIA Award for Collaborative Achievement, USA Character Approved Honor by NBC Universal, and was runner-up in the NCPC’s President Park South Design Competition. In 2010, Walter Hood received the National Design Award for Landscape Design from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and served as the Goldman Sachs Design Fellow for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. He is also a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.