John Hykes, PLA, ASLA

Raised in North Carolina, my early development instilled a clear understanding of how rich landscapes influence culture and their impact on populations that inhabit them. The streetscape instills a passion for design in the public realm, a belief that our streets are a vital, open space resource in urban areas and a conduit for environmental stewardship everywhere. Streets connect us to each other and the landscape that forms our community.


John specializes in landscape architecture with an emphasis on parks, streetscape master planning, traffic calming, and bicycle/pedestrian improvements in the public realm. Since receiving his Masters of Landscape Architecture from University of California, Berkeley (UCB) in 2001, John has devoted his career to working on public projects that are informed by the community and developing strong client relationships through effective facilitation and consensus building. With over 15 years of professional experience, he brings extensive experience in both urban design, landscape architecture and community planning.

John is able to work at a range of scales and clearly understands the opportunities and constraints for complex sites, urban environments, and rural communities. He focuses on public sector design work involving significant community participation. He especially enjoys integrating public input into his designs and thrives on the opportunity to take community-driven ideas from concept to construction. John’s exceptional responsiveness and service to his clients builds strong, long-lasting client relationships. An effective problem solver, facilitator, and consensus builder, he is resourceful at keeping projects on target and on budget.


  • More Complete Streets: Expanding the Vision by Integrating Green Streets, APA Northern California, October 2011.
  • Taking it to the Streets: When Communities Take Immediate Action to Improve Their Own Neighborhoods, 2015 APA California Conference, Oakland CA.
  • Pedestrian Improvements on a Budget, 2007 APA California Conference, San Jose CA.
  • Does the Neighborhood Landscape Matter? Bernal Heights Precita Park Case Study, Original research, conference presentation & publication. Does the Neighborhood Landscape Matter Conference, 2000, Berkeley, CA.

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