Randy Hester: Design for an Ecological Democracy
Professional Planning Colloquium
Randolph Hester is professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the University of California–Berkeley, and a partner in the firm, Community Development by Design. Hester holds degrees in landscape architecture from Harvard University and in landscape architecture and sociology from North Carolina State University. He is an award-winning landscape architect, internationally acclaimed for his designs in complex public environments, from wetlands, river corridors, and chaparral canyons to central cities and economically depressed communities. Currently, Hester is working with National Taiwan University and SAVE, International, an organization he cofounded in 1991, in a rural fishing district of Tainan County to create viable economic alternatives to the building of a proposed petrochemical plant. Hester has written books and articles on community participation and design, including Community Goal Setting with Frank Smith; and Planning Neighborhood Space with People. His most recent work, Design for Ecological Democracy has won the best book of the year award for planning and architecture and the Paul Davidoff Award. He bas received the CELA Outstanding Educator Award, the EDRA Career Award, and Alumnus of the Year at North Carolina State University for pioneering work in social design, participatory processes, and environmental justice.