Astrid Sykes is a senior designer trained as an architect and landscape architect. She approaches landscape design with a focus on artful expression and human experience, as evidenced by Santa Monica’s newly opened Ishihara Park. Her work expresses a commitment to bringing people together and the joy of the unexpected. She is driven to create memorable places through design. Astrid teaches landscape architecture at USC and advocates for design as a Board Member of the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. She is currently leading the design for Puerco Canyon Master Plan and several transit-oriented developments along the Expo Line. Astrid earned her Master of Architecture from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris- Belleville, and her Master of Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley.