As a landscape architect, NC A&T grad digs deep into the history of spaces to revitalize their present | Education
In 2019, he became one of 26 laureates who received a MacArthur Foundation scholarship, dubbed the “Genius Grant,” to “create environmentally sustainable urban spaces that resonate and enrich the lives of current residents while honoring the communal stories â, according to the prize committee.
That same year, he was honored as a Knight Public Spaces Fellow by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as well as the recipient of the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Award, named after American Actor-Directors, for “making beauty in the world. “
This year he was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Senior Loeb Scholar at Harvard University and United States Artists Fellow.
âEnough rewards! Hood said, laughing. âI have to get back to work. “
Hood, who founded Hood Design Studio Inc. in Oakland, Calif., In 1992, received his undergraduate degree and debuted in the inaugural class of NC A&T’s Landscape Architecture Program. But Hood says college gave him more than just his first degree and a skill set.
âA&T was very much touted as a place for a person of color to go and feel at home, and that gave me courage that I didn’t know I had,â said the 1981 graduate. my neighbors who had grown up had played football at A&T, and that was a big reason I went – he was larger than life and I was almost following in his footsteps. When you’re young, it’s very convincing to see someone from your same background doing these things, and you want to do the same.