• Through his teaching, writing and practice, Walter J. Hood Jr. advocates the art of ‘improvisation’ as a design process for making urban landscapes and architecture.

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Hood appointed first Taylor Fellow

Visiting professor is an award-winning landscape architect and urban designer

Visiting Professor Walter J. Hood Jr. has been appointed the first Robert R. Taylor (1892) Fellow in the School of Architecture + Planning. The fellowship was established to honor MIT’s first African-American graduate, also the first African-American in the U.S. to earn an architecture degree; Taylor went on to become a distinguished architect and designed most of the buildings at Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute. (More on Taylor here.)

Hood is an award-winning landscape architect and urban designer with an international reputation for his pioneering work in environmental design, particularly in the integration of history, race and urban design. His teaching record and professional projects stand out for their sustained engagement with diverse local communities, for their fusion of design excellence with community-based planning and for the close links between his studio teaching and his urban design practice.

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Topics: Architecture, Awards, honors and fellowships, Environment, Urban studies and planning


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