Walter Hood is Principal of Hood Design and a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. Walter has worked in a variety of settings including architecture, landscape architecture, art, community and urban design, and planning and research. Walter received both a Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. He also received a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013 in studio arts and sculpture. His 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. Walter was the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Design and has exhibited and lectured on his professional projects and theoretical works nationally and abroad.