Townscape, Inc

TOWNSCAPE’s professional planning staff has diverse experiences and skills, with special knowledge on land planning, site planning, GIS analysis and mapping, biology / ecology, natural resource management and local culture.

Bruce Tsuchida

President and Principal Planner
Bruce Tsuchida

Bruce Tsuchida is the founder and President of TOWNSCAPE, INC. This Honolulu-based company is an outgrowth and continuation of TOWNSCAPE ASSOCIATES, a planning company that Bruce established in Massachusetts in 1976. Townscape Associates provided land planning and town planning services to New England cities and towns and to New England Native American communities from 1976 to 1984. As President of TOWNSCAPE, INC., Bruce is in charge of overall company business planning and management, marketing, quality control, staff mentoring, interaction with clients and with the community, and management of many of the company’s projects, both large and small. His recent planning projects include the Primary Urban Center Watershed Management Plan for the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Community Development Plans for North Kohala and South Kohala, Hawaiʻi County; the Management Plan for Kamehameha Schools’ Honohononui Lands near Hilo, Hawaiʻi County; and the Mākaha Valley Flood Mitigation Study for the State Department of Land and Natural Resources. Bruce grew up in the town of Floral Park, Queens County, New York. He received a BA with a Major in English Literature from Amherst College in 1965, and a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1971. He has lived in Hawaiʻi since 1984.

Sherri Hiraoka

Principal Planner
Sherri Hiraoka

As a Principal Planner at TOWNSCAPE, Sherri has focused on watershed, natural resources, land use, and community-based planning projects and their associated permits and approvals. Recent projects have included the Heʻeia Wetlands Restoration Conceptual Plan; Waiʻanae, Koʻolau Loa, and ʻEwa Watershed Management Plans; Pūpūkea Paumalū Long-Range Resources Management Plan; the American Samoa Coastal Zone Management Program Section 309 Assessment and Strategy; and the State Water Resources Protection Plan. Sherri was born and raised in Hilo and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Irvine. A graduate of the Master of Arts program at the University of Hawaii’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Sherri has been with TOWNSCAPE since 2001.

Gabrielle Sham

Environmental/Community Planner
Gabrielle Sham

Since joining Townscape in 2013, Gabrielle has focused on land use and community-based planning projects. Recent projects at Townscape have included developing the Resources Management Plan for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands at South Point, Kaʻū, Island of Hawaiʻi; the Resources Management Plan for County of Hawaiʻi lands at Kāwā; developing performance measures for the City and County of Honolulu’s Transit-Oriented Development program; and the Management Plan for the Maunalua-Makapuʻu State Scenic Byway. Gabrielle’s most memorable work experiences are the opportunities to talk story with community members and to engage with the community throughout the planning process.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from Tulane University, and a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Katie Franklin

Environmental/Community Planner
Katie Franklin
Katie’s interest and experience are in fields related to natural and cultural resources management and sustainable community planning. She has contributed to a variety projects at TOWNSCAPE, including watershed management plans, resources management plans, conservation easements, GIS analysis and mapping projects, and environmental assessments. Recent projects include the Primary Urban Center Watershed Management Plan and the Kaiaka Bay Watershed-Based Plan. Katie grew up in eastern Oregon and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She later attended the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and received a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management and a certificate in Planning Studies from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Katie came to TOWNSCAPE with years of field work experience in managing and protecting some of Hawaiʻi’s rarest plants and animals. She continues to apply her experience and enthusiasm for managing Hawaiʻi’s unique natural and cultural resources to her planning projects at TOWNSCAPE. Katie has been with TOWNSCAPE since 2015.

Lillie Makaila

Environmental/Community Planner
Lillie Makaila

Lillie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʿi at Mānoa with a focus on land tenure history and translation of Kingdom documents. She is interested in projects that support indigenous peoples, especially the native Hawaiian communities in Hawaiʿi, and welcomes opportunities to use her language skill and cultural knowledge. Lillie has lived most her life on the windward side of Oʿahu with strong ties to the agricultural community. She received a Master of Arts degree in Urban and Regional Planning with areas of concentration in community planning, environmental planning, and disaster management. She is passionate about environmental stewardship, resource management, and preserving rural character. Lillie joined TOWNSCAPE in early 2018 and has had opportunities to work on projects such as the Environmental Assessment for the Honomū Subsistence Agricultural Homestead Community and the Regional Plan Update for the Kealakehe/Laʿi ʿŌpua communities. She is excited to work for a company that is committed to producing quality work in the place that she loves.