At Home, On Air: A Conversation with Walter Hood

At Home, On Air: A Conversation with Walter Hood

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Thursday, March 14, 2024

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. PST via Zoom


Our Featured Guest:  Walter Hood | Landscape Architect, Writer, Artist, Chair of UC Berkeley’s Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning

Our Forum Host:  Susanne Stadler | Architect, Executive Director of At Home With Growing Older

Conversation Details:

This conversation with Walter Hood will focus on the design of urban environments and opportunities for intergenerational connections.

Professor Walter Hood is an Oakland-based, internationally renowned landscape architect, artist, designer, educator and MacArthur Fellow. The focus of his work is the public realm and urban environments. Much of his work empowers and serves marginalized communities across the country. His studio, research and a number of his projects are based in West Oakland, a neighborhood with great racial diversity and a rich history of Black culture.

Take an hour – in the comfort of your own home – to engage with us as we hear from Walter & how his work offers another perspective on our season topic of, “Exploring Healthy Aging in the Places We Call Home: From a Piece of Nature to Our Bodies.”

Watch Walter’s TED Talk about how urban spaces can preserve history and build community:

More About Walter Hood:

Walter J. Hood, a multidisciplinary designer from Charlotte, NC, is globally recognized for his contributions in art, landscape architecture, urbanism, and research. Founding Hood Design Studio in Oakland, CA in 1992, he now leads as its creative director. Walter’s academic journey began at North Carolina A&T State University in architectural engineering. He then transitioned to their pioneering landscape architecture program, graduating in its first class in 1981. Further studies led him to the University of California, Berkeley. His passion for landscape and urbanism emerges from its broad, democratic scope, allowing experiences beyond architectural constraints.

Infusing African American cultural arts into his philosophy, he established a unique voice, reshaping spaces to reflect contemporary needs without erasing their history. A professor at UC Berkeley and former Harvard educator, Walter penned “Black Landscapes Matter” and has received accolades like the 2019 MacArthur Fellowship and the 2021 Architectural League’s President’s Medal award.

Walter Hood discusses the relevance of place. (Video Credit: Tippet Rise Art Center)

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Register today! Thursday, March 14, 2024 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. PST Join us for a live, online At Home, On Air conversation with Walter Hood –a landscape architect, writer, artist, and the Chair of UC Berkeley’s Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning.

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