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Hood, Walter Collection
2014-09  
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Description
The Walter Hood Collection spans the years 1980-2014 and includes files created by Hood and his firm Hood Design Studio. The collection is organized into five series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Office Records, Project Records, and Digital Files. These records contain project files, drawings, firm portfolios, photographs, models, and personal sketchbooks.
Background
Walter Hood (1958- ) is an artist, designer, landscape architect, and professor at the University of California, Berkeley's Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design Department (Chair, 1998-2002). Hood was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has spent more than two decades living and working in Oakland, California. He received his bachelor's degree in Architecture from North Carolina University (1981) and received both Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (1989). Since 1992, his firm, Hood Design Studio, has participated in research, art installations, architectural and landscape commissions, and urban design. Hood's innovative public spaces are known for the way they embrace the essence of urban environments and for their links to urban redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization. His projects such as Oakland's Lafayette Square (1998-2001) and Splash Pad Park (2001-2002) have been lauded as transformational. Other significant projects include the gardens and landscape of the new de Young Museum in San Francisco (2001-2005), the landscape for the California African American Museum in Los Angeles (2008-2009), and the Sculpture Terrace for the Jackson Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming (2001-2003). As a leading national landscape architect, Hood's winning competition entries include designs for the Center for Civil & Human Rights in Atlanta, GA; and the public artwork, Garden Passage, in Pittsburgh, PA.
Extent
50 Linear Feet: 12 cartons, 8 boxes, 7 flat files, 14 models and 57 GB (13,351 files)
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the Curator.
Availability
Collection is open for research. Digital files are available with advanced request in the Environmental Design Archives (EDA) reading room and are not available online. Boxes 4-8 contain the physical media (including compact discs, floppy disks, and hard drives) that digital files originated from. Access to digital files on original carriers is prohibited; users will be provided with access copies. Technical limitations may hinder the EDA's ability to provide access to some digital files.