Walter Hood

The 26th Pietro Belluschi Lecture

MIT Architecture | Fall 2020 Lecture Series
Walter Hood: The 26th Pietro Belluschi Lecture
“Hybrid Landscapes”
6:00 PM, webcast 

Join us Thursday, November 19, when we’ll host renowned Landscape Architect Walter Hood for the 26th Pietro Belluschi Lecture. Dayna Cunningham, Executive Director of MIT CoLab and SA+P students Xio Alvarez MArch, MCP candidate and Lizzie Yarina DUSP PhD candidate will join for an essential discussion on hybrid landscapes and community co-design. 

Pietro Belluschi was trained as an architect and engineer and served as the Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning from 1951-65. Late in his life, Dean Belluschi and his family made a gift to MIT to establish an annual Belluschi lecture. The roster of these distinguished lecturers includes Eduardo Catalano, Alvaro Siza, Thom Mayne, Kazuyo Sejima, Peter Zumthor, Alejandro Aravena, Rafael Moneo, Elizabeth Diller, Jeanne Gang, and Francisco Aires Mateus.

Above images

1. Lanscape designer Walter Hood on San Francisco's Powell Street Promenade, one of his firm's many projects. Photo: courtesy Hood Design Studio.

2. "People’s Park Integrated Housing Project," an ongoing project by Walter Hood, Hood Design Studio.

3. "Solar Strand," University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 2012. Photo: courtesy Hood Design Studio. ©Douglas Levere.


Walter Hood

Walter Hood is the creative director and founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, CA. He is also a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and lectures on professional and theoretical projects nationally and internationally. He is a recipient of the 2017 Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, 2019 Knight Public Spaces Fellowship, 2019 MacArthur Fellowship, and 2019 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize.