Hope Hui Rising went into environmental design from hydrology and hydraulic engineering in an attempt to resolve these two divergent approaches to water through the beauty and function of landscape urbanism. Her professional and academic work focuses on making livable and resilient places that facilitate environmental and climate adaptation. Having lived on four continents and been trained in performing and visual arts, she has been in search of ways to engender sustainability through archetypal aesthetic experiences. This passion transformed her into an award-winning public artist and landscape architect specializing in the design of light, water, and landscape in the public realm.
Along this journey, she served as a partner in Northern Oregon for a global water design company headquartered in Germany. Prior to providing design leadership for the Manhattan-based landscape architecture and urban design studio of one of the largest international architecture and planning practices, she was a project lead designer and manager for the east coast headquarter of one of the largest global landscape architecture and environmental planning companies in metropolitan Washington D.C.
Over the last 20 years, Hope was involved with the design of outdoor light and water installations in mixed-use developments in South Korea and India, as well as several award-winning domestic landscape architecture and public art projects. Her diverse portfolio encompasses public parks and plazas, children’s outdoor spaces, healthcare gardens, zoos and wildlife habitats, constructed wetlands, waterscapes in addition to academic and corporate campus planning and design. These projects received many awards, including three from the Society of Landscape Architects and four from the American Institute of Architects.
Hope was on the finalist team for “Shaping the New American Waterfront International Competition” hosted by the Memphis Riverfront Development Corporation in 2003. She also served as the lead landscape architect on the winning team for the 2006 national Arverne East Oceanfront Sustainable Development Competition hosted by New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. In 2011, Ms. Rising was selected by the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services to be a 1% Green recipient for two green street demonstration projects in Portland. During the same year, Public Art St. Paul and St. Paul Design Center selected her as a national winner for its Cultural Star project. Most recently, she was tied with the international winner for the Union Colony Civic Center Water Feature and Public Art Project in Greeley, CO.
Most recently, Dr. Rising invented a participatory planning and design framework for future-proofing cities with consensus-based solutions for sea level rise, flooding, and drought. This approach has been tested in Seattle, San Francisco, Richmond, CA, and Houston and is being adopted for use in Venice and Florence, Italy. Prior to joining Texas A&M University as an Assistant Professor, Hope has taught at the University of Michigan, University of Oregon, Penn State University, and Washington State University. She founded the Adaptive Water Urbanism Initiative, an integrated program of design, research, education, and engagement for adapting communities to the impacts of climate change. Her work on resilient planning and design as a form of City Beautiful Movement has taken her to a dozen water towns in the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy.