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. Having lived on four continents and been trained in performing and visual arts, she has been in search of ways to engender sustainability through archetypical 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 15 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.
Rising served as a co-coordinator of the “Urban University” Mobile Workshop for the 2004 American Planning Association Annual Conference in Washington D.C. During the same year, she was invited to be a speaker at the University of Maryland, giving a presentation on “Globalization and Landscape Architecture”. She also lectured on “Public Realm Design” at a global retreat for over 200 design and planning professionals from all over the world. The results of her collaboration with healthcare professionals were synthesized as design guidelines in her presentation on “Design with Health Outcomes in Mind” at the Society of Arts in Healthcare’s 15th International Conference in Chicago in 2006.
In 2011, she gave a presentation on “Green Spaces as Public Art” at the Mayor’s Inauguration Ceremony for Milepost Five, an intentional community for artists and creatives, conceived by Portland’s Mayor Sam Adams. During the same year, she gave a presentation on “Neuroscapes of Collective Unconsciousness” for the Health Paper Session, and served as a moderator for two “Movements in the Environment” paper sessions at the 43rd Environmental Design Research Association Conference in Seattle.
In 2013, she was selected to share her insights on water-sensitive urban design and landscape architecture from her recent work in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany as four presentations at the 2014 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference in Baltimore and the 2014 Environmental Design Research Association Conference in New Orleans. Hope is a Visiting Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University.