The College of Environmental Design is honored to announce Walter Hood, David K. Woo Chair and Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, as the 2020 Spring Commencement Ceremony Speaker.
Hood attended the University of California, Berkeley where he earned his M.L.A. and M. Arch in 1989. Four years later, Hood established his own long-standing, renown studio. The Oakland-based cultural practice works across art, fabrication, design, landscape, research, and urbanism. Hood Design Studio is responsible for award-winning projects such as University at Buffalo's Solar Strand, a site whose 3,000 solar panels not only save 400 tons of greenhouse gas emissions but also fit seamlessly into the landscape.
Hood's other work and recognition include a 2019 Macarthur Fellowship (colloquially known as the "Genius Grant"), his current stint as the Spring 2020 Diana Balmori Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, a 2019 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, and features in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Architectural Digest.
In August 2020, Hood's $20 million renovation project for the Oakland Museum Gardens will be completed; the commission will connect the redesigned terrace with the Lake Merritt skyline and represent the ecological regions of California through their respective vegetations.
The commencement will take place on May 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM in Zellerbach Auditorium and will be preceded with a reception at 4:30 PM in the Wurster Courtyard. More information.