Walter Hood

Walter Hood

Keynote Speaker: Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design at UC Berkeley

Walter Hood Biography

Walter Hood is Professor and former Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and principal of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, CA.

Hood established Hood Design Studio in Oakland, California in 1992. Hood's work spans the range from local, community-based projects-such as Splash Pad Park, a converted traffic island alongside Interstate 580 in Oakland, California, to large-scale garden designs like the grounds for the new M. H. de Young Museum in San Francisco with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. 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. He is currently designing the landscape for the Autry National Center Southwest Museum in Los Angeles, designing an archeological garden within the context of the South Lawn Project at the University of Virginia, and developing a set of monuments and markers for a six-mile waterfront trail in Oakland, CA.

Hood's published monographs Urban Diaries and Blues & Jazz Landscape Improvisations illustrate his approach to the design of urban landscapes. These works won an ASLA Research award in 1996. His essay "Macon Memories" is included in Sites of Memory: Perspectives on Architecture and Race.

Hood has been praised as a "community whisperer," creating spaces that have elements the residents want before they even know it: "Through his pioneering work as an 'urbanist,' Hood has integrated architectural features such as playgrounds, plazas and squares into city sites whose pasts are vibrant but forgotten. By reflecting the shifting cultural composition and respecting the evolving nature of neighborhoods throughout San Francisco and Oakland, he has created an oasis in these areas, and through his close involvement with the local communities, he developed tailored solutions for Bay Area based parks while retaining a cohesive artistic vision. Near Chinatown in Oakland, he created a communal square for women's tai chi practice while adults and children gather year round to take advantage of their newly revived local park." He is the winner of a public art competition to design the 1.1 megawatt solar array that will be constructed by New York Power Authority this year on the University at Buffalo's North Campus.

In 2013, Hood served as one of six selection committee members for the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence.

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Walter Hood Videos

How urban spaces can preserve history and build community | Walter Hood
Landscape Lectures: Walter Hood - YouTube
TEDxBerkeley - Walter Hood - Find the Rivers - YouTube

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Walter Hood is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Art, Home & Decor and Creativity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Walter Hood for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Walter Hood generally travels from Berkeley, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jeff Speck, Vishaan Chakrabarti and Frances Anderton. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Walter Hood for an upcoming event.

Walter Hood Videos

How urban spaces can preserve history and build community | Walter Hood
Landscape Lectures: Walter Hood - YouTube
TEDxBerkeley - Walter Hood - Find the Rivers - YouTube
Current Work: Walter Hood - YouTube
Walter Hood Lecture - YouTube

How to book Walter Hood?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Walter Hood for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Walter Hood, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Walter Hood or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Walter Hood?

Booking fees for Walter Hood, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Walter Hood, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Walter Hood?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Walter Hood for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Walter Hood for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Walter Hood or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Walter Hood or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Walter Hood is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Art, Home & Decor and Creativity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Walter Hood for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Walter Hood generally travels from Berkeley, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jeff Speck, Vishaan Chakrabarti and Frances Anderton. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Walter Hood for an upcoming event.

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