Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design, University of California-Berkeley
Randolph Hester is Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design at the University of California-Berkeley. Hester's research focuses on the role of citizens in community design and ecological planning. He is one of the founders of the research movement to apply sociology to the design of neighborhoods, cities and landscapes, and his current work is a search for a design process to support ecological democracy. Topics of special interest include Citizen Science, Stewardship, Sacred Landscapes, and Environmental Justice.
"Two irrepressible forces underlie my work: the human desire for participatory democracy and ecological limits. There are many more democracies in the world today and resource limits are more critical, complex, and misunderstood. More than any other factors, democracy and limits shape public landscape design."