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National Building Museum Spotlight on Design: Walter Hood

Images: International African American Museum; Walter Hood. Courtesy of Hood Design Studio.

Date: March 25, 2021

Time 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

$5 Museum Member

$10 Non-member

Free for Students

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Hear Walter Hood, ASLA, founding principal and creative director of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, California, describe how the elevation of neglected spaces in urban neighborhoods through landscape interventions and public art offers opportunities to address stories of marginalized communities.

He also discusses his book Black Landscapes Matter, a collection of essays co-authored with Grace Mitchell Tada, which acknowledges the widespread erasure of black geographies and cultural landscapes, and sheds important light on recognizing and honoring their significance. The program is facilitated by Maisie Hughes, ASLA, APA, co-founder and treasurer, The Urban Studio.

About Walter Hood

Walter Hood, ASLA, 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. He is a recipient of the 2017 Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, 2019 Knight Public Spaces Fellowship, 2019 MacArthur Fellowship, and 2019 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize.

About the National Building Museum

The National Building Museum inspires curiosity about the world we design and build. Since it was founded in 1980, the Museum has transformed the public’s understanding of the impact of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, construction, planning, and design. The National Building Museum educates, entertains, and engages people about the built environment and challenges them to advocate for a sustainable and equitable future. Through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events, we welcome visitors of all ages to experience stories about the built world and its power to shape our lives, our communities, and our futures.

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