EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Members and Opportunities

Meetings

 

The Executive Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 11:30am at the Center for Architecture. All members are welcome to attend the executive committee meetings. 

Center for Architecture

828 Fort Street Mall Suite 100, Honolulu, HI 96813

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If you are a current member of Hawaii ASLA, are looking to become one, or are interested in joining the executive committee or another committee, please send us a message.

Robyn Sweesy

President

Robyn’s 28-year career in landscape architecture began in 1989, when she graduated with a Master’s degree (MLA) from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Returning home to Hawaiʻi, her school temperate climate plant palette had little application (yay to UH Mānoa MLA program!), but with her newly acquired professional skills, she designed resort, residential, commercial, and trail landscapes—including Waikoloa Resort’s outdoor amphitheater. Since 2004, Robyn has also met the challenges of master planning—including Hilo Bayfront Trails and Kawainui-Hamakua Complex—conducting feasibility studies, and preparing cultural landscape documentation at HHF Planners, where she is a senior associate and LEED AP. Robyn enjoys gardening—Past-President and gardener, at Mānoa Community Garden, City & County of Honolulu Community Recreational Gardening Program—and actively seeks out landscape restoration community service opportunities with the Division of Forestry and Wildlife. She is a member of Society for Ecological Restoration and the nonprofit organization Trees for Honolulu’s Future.

Judith Stilgenbauer

Trustee

Judith Stilgenbauer, ASLA, is an Associate Professor of landscape architecture at the University of Hawaii School of Architecture, where she serves as MLA Program Director. Prior to joining the faculty at UH, she taught at UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design for nine years. A registered landscape architect in Germany, Stilgenbauer is frequently invited to serve on professional awards juries and has published and lectured widely. In her creative work in teaching, applied research and practice, Judith Stilgenbauer examines the role of process, performance, and placemaking in public open space design and ecological urbanism across a variety of scales.

Simon Bussiere

President-Elect

Simon M. Bussiere is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Bussiere's studios and seminars focus on exploring ecological patterns and processes as the key drivers of urban form. He currently teaches courses in urban ecological design and experimental modes of design representation. Simon practiced as a landscape architect in Australia after graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard where he focused on international projects in landscape, architecture and urbanism. With a background in landscape ecology and visual art, and an expertise in conceptual design, community engagement and design communication, his work bridges ecological principles with contemporary design methods to help shape new environments around the globe.

Grace Zheng

Past President

Grace believes in improving our environments and urban livability through creative contextual approaches.  She is a Professional Landscape Architect and Associate at PBR HAWAII & Associates, a local planning and landscape architecture firm.  Her background includes dual Master degrees in Landscape Architecture and City Planning from Cornell University, as well as experience in civic design at Peter Walker and Partners and international design at SWA (Laguna Beach and Shanghai offices).  An active member of ASLA, she was also a founding director of Better Block Hawaii, a local non-profit geared towards place-making and engaging neighborhoods block by block.  Grace supports multi-modal transportation and is proud to commute via public transit, cycling, and walking. She loves the proximity of natural environments to urban life in Honolulu, and enjoys hiking, surfing, snorkeling, and cooking.

Hayley Diamond

Vice President

Hayley Diamond, ASLA, is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Community
Design Center and currently lectures a course on Landform and Water. Raised in Southern California,
Hayley holds a Certificate in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles
Extension and a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) from the University of California, Berkeley. In
Los Angeles, Hayley gained experience while employed at Katherine Spitz Associates, Campion Walker
Garden Design, and Robin Benezra Studio. After obtaining her MLA, Hayley focused on community
engagement and sustainable stormwater management planning while employed with the City of San
Francisco and subsequently as a contractor to the U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii, where Hayley designed
and oversaw construction of several outdoor learning projects. An avid hiker and surfer, Hayley enjoys
spending time outdoors with family and friends.

Alberto Ricordi

Secretary

Alberto Ricordi, D. Arch., ASLA Assoc., SITES AP, is Landscape Designer at PBR HAWAII & Associates, a local planning and landscape architecture firm. He is also founder manager of Palolo Farms LLC, a landscape management company serving residential and commercial properties in Oahu, HI. The design+planning experience in the office together with hands-on landscape management+maintenance gives Alberto the opportunity to develop and implement practical approaches for landscaping.

Alberto's Doctor of Architecture dissertation received the 2017 APA Student Award for a Master Plan for Blanche Pope Elementary School. He is a licensed Agronomist Engineer in Brazil, and spent 7 years at CTAHR selecting non-invasive species for landscaping and developing methods for coastal vegetation restoration to prevent and revert beach erosion (a.k.a. removing stands of ironwood trees and planting native coastal vegetation with movable temporary drip irrigation). The system worked and several sections of beach were re-vegetated, with sand-dunes reforming within two years after planting.

Ray Higa

Treasurer

As a Senior Associate at PBR HAWAII, Mr. Higa brings forth over 22 years of experience in landscape and urban design, site and land use planning, irrigation design, construction detailing, graphic design and presentation and Computer Aided Design (CAD).  He has had the opportunity to serve as Project Manager on various projects, from public parks to exclusive resorts.

 

Mr. Higa’s work experience in Washington, Oregon and Hawaii helps provide a diverse approach to landscape design.  With a variety of projects like Portland Oregon’s West Side Light Rail, Portland Stormwater Garden, and Seattle’s 5th Avenue Street End Park, Mr. Higa has the ability to work on and with a wide array of team members essential for a project’s success.

Brian Wolf

Member At Large - Oahu Island

Brian Wolf, ASLA, LEED AP is an Associate and Landscape Architect at PBR Hawaii where his 10+ years of professional experience runs the gamut from institutional & mixed use commercial developments to luxury resort destinations.  Born in Indiana, but raised in New Jersey, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.  As a LEED Accredited Professional, Brian plays a leading role in designing sustainable and context-sensitive projects anticipating LEED Certification, including Punahou School’s new Kosasa Grades 2-5 community.  Brian’s passion for outdoor learning environments is further enriched by his wife, Meleana, who is a Kindergarten teacher at Punahou.

Meredith Tanioka Komata

Member At Large - Hawaii Island

Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Meredith Komata returned home after receiving her degree in landscape architecture from Colorado State University (B.S., 2003). Since then, Meredith has worked as a project manager and landscape designer for Leonard Bisel Associates. She has gained experience with developments in a wide range of environments throughout the state. Her project background ranges from large scale planning, including native plant habitat restoration and private developments, custom residential homes and estates, multifamily residential developments, commercial and resort developments, public institutions, parks and recreational areas. Meredith has been very active in the community planning process. She served as a member of the steering committee for the Friends of Downtown Hilo, which worked to facilitate the process of building a community-based Vision and Living Plan for Downtown Hilo. The committee completed the plan, “Envision Downtown Hilo 2025." Shortly after its completion, the plan received the approval of the County Planning Commission and was formally adopted by the County Council. Meredith continues to offer her time to community groups and initiatives, which she believes can serve to advance the profession. In addition to exploring the profession of landscape architecture, Meredith enjoys spending time with her family and her two dogs, Lily and Tiki. She also loves coffee. A lot of coffee.

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