Wayside is Curry J. Hackett’s independent design practice.

Currently, he’s teaching architecture, researching Black land and gardening practices, and working on an ongoing flood awareness project.

Last updated: 4/6/2021

Wayside collaborated with Landscape Architecture Bureau (LAB) for a one-day activation for DC’s PARK(ing) Day event.

Noting the intense gentrification trends in the city (the Black population  peaked at 75% in the 1970s), DiasFlora used plants to visualize dispersal of Black residents in the region.

A 30-foot long infographic mapped DC's Black population since 1790, and invited the community to take home plants to simulate this regional “diaspora”.

Photographs by LAB.



DC High Water  Marks

Public Art,
Budget: $58,000

The DC High Water Mark project is an ongoing effort spearheaded by DC’s Department of Energy and Environment to reimagine the city’s approach to flood awareness and readiness. The studio collaborated with Patrick McDonough to envision a system of markers to be installed on sites within the 100-year flood plain.

In January 2020, we installed the first two of these markers—12-foot tall totems that show color-coded elevations of historic flooding events and future flooding scenarios.

In April 2021, we began planning for the third marker, to be located at The Wharf in DC.

Howard Theatre Walk of Fame

Public Art,
Budget: $400,000

The Howard Theatre Walk of Fame is one of the city’s largest public art projects, solicited by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Located in the historic Shaw neighborhood and “Black Broadway”, the Walk consists of fifteen hand-carved bronze medallions, each depicting a cultural icon that performed at the iconic Howard Theatre.

The Walk presents a new visual language for the area, and demonstrates the value of preserving under-recognized histories.

The team included sculptors Jay Coleman and Joanna Blake, with advisory support from Harry G. Robinson, III, FAIA.

Photographs by Donovan Gerald.

Wayside synthesizes history, culture, and ecology to envision large-scale public art and inform research.

Wayside (*2019) is Curry J. Hackett's independent, transdisciplinary design studio.

The studio employs diverse, site-specific methods to realize projects of socio-cultural value. We work at multiple scales to bolster the relationship between people, their communities, and the environments that support them.

Why the name? The long story, short:

A wayside is the strip of land near the edge of a road or railroad track—an ill-defined edge condition denoting a shift between contrasting modes of living.

Wayside looks to these marginal places to inspire our work, and finds opportunities to celebrate under-recognized patterns and histories.


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Wayside Studio LLC, 2021. All rights reserved. All materials on this website are the intellectual property of Curry J. Hackett and Wayside Studio.

Generally, our work supports efforts in placekeeping, infrastructure, urban planning, public relations,  environmental causes.

Our capabilities include:

· Art direction & branding strategy
· Data visualization
· Design education
· Environmental design
· Public art
· Urban design
· Wayfinding & signage

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