Improvising Within the Seams of Practice


Macon Yards, GA [Hood Design]

Improvising Within the Seams of Practice
A Lecture by Walter J. Hood
Principal, Hood Design
Fall 2012 BAC Student Lecture Series
Thursday October 18, 2012 at 6 pm
Cascieri Hall, 320 Newbury St, 2nd Floor

In the fields of environmental design, "professional practice" can often limit imagination. In this context, a set of specific methods are used to define, articulate, and solve a specific problem at hand, often encumbered by legislated rules and limitations from standardization and tightly upheld boundaries between professional disciplines.

These structures limit and compromise speculative ideas. This presentation will illuminate how a design profession can be opened up to allow the practical and the speculative to coexist, leading to previously untapped potential for innovation and invention.

Walter Hood is an Oakland, California-based designer, artist and educator. He is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley's landscape architecture and environmental design department. His studio practice, Hood Design, has been engaged in architectural commissions, urban design, art installations, and research since 1992.

Learn more about Walter J. Hood and Hood Design's work here.