The American Academy of Arts and Letters, an honor society founded in 1898 of 250 members that include architects, artists, composers, and writers, has announced College of Environmental Design Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning Walter Hood as one of the recipients of its 2017 architecture awards.
Awarded annually since 1955, cash prizes are given to American architects whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction, or who explores ideas in architecture through any medium of expression. Professor Hood was recognized for work characterized by a strong personal direction.
As founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, California, Professor Hood’s work embraces and beautifies urban spaces, both large and small. Professor Hood’s “remarkably diverse and deeply evocative body of work has touched the minds and hearts of communities across the United States,” noted member of the Academy and juror Henry N. Cobb.
Professor Hood's notable recent projects include the Arthur Ross Terrace at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York (2016); the Broad Museum Plaza, Los Angeles (2015); and the Bayview Opera House, San Francisco (2016). In April of this year, his Witness Walls project will open in Nashville and at the International African American Museum in Charleston will open in 2019.