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Randolph T. Hester Jr.

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Phone: (707) ***-****  HQ Phone
Caspar Community
15051 Caspar Road Box 84
Caspar , California 95420
United States

Company Description: The Caspar Community is a citizens' group that is striving to preserve Caspar village and its way of life. Over two hundred acres of village land owned by the...   more

Employment History

  • Professor
    University of California at Berkeley
  • Professor of Community Design
    University of California at Berkeley
  • Director of Landscape Planning
    University of California at Berkeley
  • Member, Department of Landscape Architecture
  • George F. Thompson
  • Landscape Architecture Teacher
    Penn State University

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • M.L.A.
    Harvard University Graduate School of Design
  • B.A. , sociology
    North Carolina State University
  • B.L.A. , landscape architecture
    North Carolina State University
200 Total References
Web References
Caspar Community Newsletter: December 2002, 1 Dec 2002 [cached]
In October, led by our old friend Professor Randy Hester, a teamof graduate students help us conduct a charrette to gather ideas about how we should develop "Caspar from the Center Out.
Caspar Plans Charrette, 26 Sept 2002 [cached]
Randy Hester, professor of Community Design at University of California at Berkeley, has once again been retained as ring master for this event, which is being described as a charrette.
Hester and a team of his graduate students came to Caspar five years ago to help the planning process that led to the Caspar Community's successful effort to preserve the Caspar headlands and purchase the old schoolhouse as a community center.
about George F. Thompson Publishing, 20 April 2014 [cached]
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. He now resides near Durham, North Carolina, where he and his 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. Randy 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). Randy 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.
Thaisa Way, a landscape historian and ..., 31 Jan 2014 [cached]
Thaisa Way, a landscape historian and associate professor of landscape architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle, participated in a Thunderdome Debate last semester in a "generational face-off" against LAEP "master" and UC Berkeley emeritus professor Randy Hester, a leader in participatory design and author of "Design for Ecological Democracy.
Randy Hester
Randy Hester
New York Times article on Caspar, 4 Aug 2002 [cached]
They worked out their vision, with assistance from Randy Hester, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley who helps communities design public spaces.
Dr. Hester urged the Casparados to identify their most "sacred spaces" - first and foremost the headlands and the creek, with its spawning Coho salmon and lush tangles of wild roses and sweet peas.
"Many California towns, because of growth pressures and second-home development, are facing the question of what they are going to become," he said.
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