Today: Walter Hood & Mitchell Joachim
Walter Hood, Principal, HOOD Design, Professor, University of California at Berkeley, USA
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. Hood is also professor and former Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and principal of Hood Design in Oakland, CA. He has exhibited and lectured on his professional projects and theoretical works nationally and abroad. He is currently researching and writing a book entitled Urban Landscapes: American Landscape Typologies.” HOOD Design: www.wjhooddesign.com
Mitchell Joachim, co-founder Terreform ONE, USA
Mitchell Joachim is acknowledged as an innovator in ecological design and urban design. He is also a researcher and architectural educator. Mitchell Joachim’s specific professional interest has been adapting principles of physical and social ecology to architecture, urban design, transport, and environmental planning. He is a Co-Founder at Terrefuge and Terreform ONE. Currently he is faculty at Columbia University and Parsons. Formerly an architect at Gehry Partners, and Pei Cobb Freed. He has been awarded the Moshe Safdie Research Fellowship, and the Martin Family Society Fellow for Sustainability. He won the History Channel and Infiniti Design Excellence Award for the City of the Future, and Time Magazine Best Invention of the Year 2007, MIT Car w/ MIT Smart Cities. His project, Fab Tree Hab, has been exhibited at MoMA and widely published. He was selected by Wired magazine for “The 2008 Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To”. Rolling Stone magazine honored Mitchell as an agent of change in “The 100 People Who Are Changing America”.