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Walter Hood founded Hood Design in 1992, in Oakland, California, a studio committed to issues that address the reconstruction of urban landscapes within towns and cities. Hood Design's projects include the acclaimed landscape for the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco; a waterfront promenade project for San Pedro's harbor in Los Angeles; and Poplar Street, a green boulevard in the heart of downtown Macon, Georgia. Hood has worked in a variety of settings, including architecture, landscape architecture, art, and community and urban design, as well as planning and research. He is a professor and former chair of the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning program at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2009, Hood Design received the prestigious National Design Award in Landscape Design from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.