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Walter Hood / Hood Design Studio

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
October 25, 2017 - 5:30pm

Walter Hood will lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25. The talk is free and open to the public. Hood is the Creative Director and Founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, CA. He is also a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and lectures on professional and theoretical projects nationally and internationally. Hood is the 2017 Herb and DeeDee Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School.

Hood Design Studio is tripartite practice, working across art + fabrication, design + landscape, and research + urbanism. The resulting urban spaces and their objects act as public sculpture, creating new apertures through which to see the surrounding emergent beauty, strangeness, and idiosyncrasies. The Studio’s award winning work has been featured in publications including Dwell, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, Architectural Digest, Places Journal, and Landscape Architecture Magazine. Walter Hood is also a recipient of the 2017 Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award.

Hood is an artist, designer and educator. He regularly exhibits and lectures on professional and theoretical projects nationally and internationally. Hood currently serves at the Goldman Sachs Design Fellow for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, assisting the museum staff in re-conceptualizing its public spaces. Other recent honors include the AIA Award for Collaborative Achievement and a USA Character Approved Honor by NBC Universal. In 2010, Hood received the Cooper‐Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Design. He is also a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.

Hood’s work was recently featured in Art Institute of Chicago’s Learning Modern exhibition, and was featured prominently in the February 2010 issue of Art in America. He was a selected winner for the Venice Biennale and exhibited two projects: a green street and plaza for Center Street in Berkeley, California, and the Greenprint, an urban landscape vision for the Hill District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.