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Walter Hood is the creative director and founder of Hood Design Studio. Based in Oakland, California, the studio defines itself as a cultural practice, working across art, fabrication, design, landscape, research, and urbanism. Hood combines “architectural and fine arts expertise with a commitment to designing ecologically sustainable public spaces that empower marginalized communities.” Throughout his career, he has transformed traffic islands, vacant lots, and freeway underpasses into spaces that challenge the legacy of neglect of urban neighborhoods. Through community engagement, his work investigates the natural and social histories of a place as well as the aspirations of current residents.
The lecture will be followed by a conversation with Mabel O. Wilson and Mario Gooden.
Hood and Gooden are currently collaborating on the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg, FL. They, along with Wilson, led Making History/Building Visions, a 2019 symposium organized by Gooden, discussing the future of the museum and the history of African Americans in St. Petersburg. Gooden, Hood, and Wilson are also working on the Clinton Church Restoration project in Great Barrington, MA, a heritage site and cultural community center dedicated to interpreting African American life and history in the Berkshires.