Landscape Architect Walter Hood Aims to Build Community-Inclusive Spaces


Walter Hood transforms run-of-the-mill public spaces–city parks, highway underpasses–into pillars of the communities they serve. His goal: to prove that every place, and every person, can benefit from good design.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.