Born in Pawtucket, RI, Hood gained his education at Brown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After graduation in 1903 he joined Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson in Boston, but by 1905 he was in Paris studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. After his return to the States, Hood also returned to Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson, but quickly moved to Pittsburgh, where he worked with Henry Hornbostel. 1908 found him back in Paris completing his course of studies at the Ecole, where he would receive his diploma in 1910. After a year of travel, Hood returned to Hornbostel; but in 1914 he launched his own practice, struggling to gain clients.
His fortunes changed with the Chicago Tribune competition of 1922, which he won in partnership with John Mead Howells. Effectively this commission launched him as a designer of skyscrapers, and he would participate in several offices subsequently, including Hood, Godley & Fouilhoux on the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral in Scranton, PA (1929), the competition for the Chapel, Girard College (1929), and the design for an addition to the DuPont Building, Wilmington, DE.
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Clubs and Membership Organizations
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Beaux Arts Institute of Design
- Architectural League of New York
- Bund Deutscher Architekten (Berlin)
- Alumni of the American Academy in Rome
- Ecole des Beaux-Arts
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Brown University
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