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 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 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

Senior Planner

As a Senior 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 North Shore Greenprint, Heʻeia Wetlands Restoration Conceptual Plan, Waiʻanae Watershed Management Plan, Pūpūkea Paumalū Long-Range Resources Management Plan, American Samoa Coastal Zone Management Program Section 309 Assessment and Strategy, and the Waikoloa Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan Update. 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

Staff Planner

Gabrielle has focused on land use, environmental, community-based planning, and GIS analysis and mapping projects. Recent projects at TOWNSCAPE have included the Mākaha Valley Flood Mitigation Study, Kalaeloa Heritage Park Conceptual Plan, Renovation of the Historic Ala Moana Pump Station Environmental Assessment and the Oʻahu Greenprint. Her previous experience includes working for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center conducting research to support training course program development and for the Waikīkī Business Improvement District Association assessing environmental conditions in Waikīkī. During her graduate studies, Gabrielle was involved with facilitating community planning workshops to develop a conceptual site plan for a community resource center in Kawaihae, Hawaiʻi. She also traveled to American Samoa to work with the village of Leone to develop tools to increase community resilience after the 2009 tsunami. Gabrielle was born and raised in Miami, Florida. 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. She has been with TOWNSCAPE since April 2013.

Tina Speed

Staff Planner

Tina’s work at TOWNSCAPE and previous employers has focused on watershed and water resources planning, modeling, GIS analysis and mapping. She has also contributed to a variety of natural resource, land use and community planning projects, including conceptual plans, site plans, Environmental Assessments and various associated permit applications. Special interests include scientific diving and ArcGIS. Recent projects for TOWNSCAPE include the Māʻiliʻili Watershed Management Plan, the Waiʻanae Valley Ranch Conceptual Plan and Environmental Assessment, the Kamehameha Schools ʻĀina-Based Education Facilities Master Plan and the Camp Mokulēʻia SMA Permit. Tina was born in Arizona and spent most of her childhood living in Arizona and Germany. She moved to Hawaiʻi in 2003 to attend Hawaiʻi Pacific University, where she received an interdsciplinary Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies in 2006. She later received her Master of Science Degree in Natural Resources & Environmental Management from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Tina has worked for various consulting firms and non-profit organizations in Hawaiʻi since 2006 and spent some time in Southeast Asia working on a large Mekong River watershed project. She has been with TOWNSCAPE since October 2012.