The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum recently announced its 2015-16 Landscape Lectures series. There will be four lectures in the series covering the works of Richard Haag, Walter Hood, Margie Ruddick and Mario Schjetnan. The annual series of engaging and inspirational presentations from leading voices in the field of landscape architecture. Internationally renowned designers present their recent work articulating landscape as a medium of design for the social, cultural, and ecological life of the city.
Walter Hood is the principal of Hood Design in Oakland USA and also a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His work has a strong connection to working with communities and their spaces. In this short 3 minute video (for Architectural Digest and Delta) Walter Hood talks about some of his projects and also his approach to design.
“…paying attention to where you are and the people around you and out of that comes the expression”
Walter Hood has been featured in Fast Company’s ‘Masters of Design 2010’. A special issue relating to design – Walter Hood was featured as the ‘daring Californian landscape architect, is transforming dreary public places into pillars of the community’. The feature also includes Bjarke Ingles (BIG) and Patricia Urquiola.
Hood is more direct, and his explanation of what he is doing summarizes his life’s work well. “People were asking me the other day, ‘So when is the Green Print gonna start being implemented?’ ” he says, flashing a grin. “The beauty of this project is it’s already there. We just have to dust off the bookshelf and put the stuff back.”
Mr. Hood, whose landscape architecture firm designed the grounds of the de Young Museum in San Francisco, lives in Oakland, and he spends a lot of time traveling. In August, he accepted a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award at the White House. (His words have been edited and condensed.)