Randolph T. Hester
Professor of Landscape Architecture, Emeritus, at the University of California in Berkeley and Co-founder of the Center for Ecological Democracy
Randy Hester was born in Danville, Virginia, and raised in Hester's Corner, North Carolina.
He completed his B.A. in sociology and B.L.A. in landscape architecture at North Carolina State University and his M.L.A. at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
He taught landscape architecture at the Pennsylvania State University and N.C. State before joining the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cal-Berkeley in 1980, where he retired in 2010.
now resides near Durham, North Carolina, where he
wife, Marcia, are co-principals of the Center for Ecological Democracy
, a design and planning firm they founded in 1985 that was originally called Community Development by Design.
is the author of numerous books, including Design for Ecological Democracy (The MIT Press, 2010), The Meaning of Gardens, edited with Mark Frances (The MIT Press, 1992), T he
Community Design Primer (Ridge Times Press, 1990), Planning Neighborhood Space with People, 2nd Edition (Van Nostrand Rinehold, 1984), Community Goal Setting, co-authored with Frank J. Smith (Douden, Hutchinson, and Ross, 1982), and Neighborhood Space (Douden, Hutchinson, and Ross, 1975).
has also served on the Raleigh (NC) City Council and remains very active in an organization he
founded in 1997, SAVE International
, a program of the Earth Island Institute
whose goal is to secure habitat and species protection worldwide for the endangered spoonbill.