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If you were a plant, what would you be? 

Brian Wolf


Brian Wolf, ASLA, LEED AP is Principal Landscape Architect and founder of his own practice, Wolf Landscape Architects, LLC.  Brian’s 15 years of professional experience in Hawai‘i runs the gamut from commercial developments to luxury resort destinations and high-end residential.  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 Grade 2-5 community.  Brian's passion for outdoor learning environments is further enriched by his wife, Meleana, who is a Kindergarten teacher at Punahou.


If you were a plant, what would you be? 

Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)

Judith Stilgenbauer


Judith Stilgenbauer, ASLA, is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Hawaii School of Architecture, where she serves as MLA Program Director and Graduate Chair. Prior to joining the faculty at UH, she taught at UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design for nine years. Stilgenbauer’s creative work in teaching, applied research, and practice focuses on the role of process, performance, and placemaking in ecological urbanism and public open space design across diverse spatial and temporal scales. Her recent design research has been centered on urban land-water relationships and adaptive coastal resilience design.


If you were a plant, what would you be? 

Pōhinahina (Vitex rotundifolia)

Nancy Cassandro


Nancy Cassandro is Vice President and co-owner of Umemoto Cassandro Design Corporation (UCDC), a small landscape architecture firm located in Kailua.  UCDC has been providing Landscape Architectural services for over 20 years in the state of Hawaii, focusing on incorporating native plants, water conservation and creative sustainable designs for resort, commercial, campus and residential developments.  After earning her Bachelors of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly, Pomona, Nancy practiced in Southern California for several years working on a wide range of residential, public parks and streetscape projects.  She is licensed in Hawaii and Washington State.


If you were a plant, what would you be? 

Baobab Tree (Adansonia digitata)

Kelsey Wai

Vice President

Kelsey Wai is currently a Landscape Designer at Belt Collins/Bowers and Kubota. Since graduating from University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Kelsey worked for several years in construction and development managing small construction projects and developing neighborhood-wide and mixed-use development. She made a full circle back to landscape architecture and has been working for the past three years on a variety of public and private projects involving residential, commercial, military, hotels and resorts, urban, institutional and recreational facilities. She is close to completing her licensure as a Landscape Architect and is excited to further better the environment. Her goals are to design landscapes that enrich people with connections to history and culture, native plantings, and sustainability.

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If you were a plant, what would you be? 

Spider Plant  (Chlorophytum comosum), easily adapts to any environment

Caasi Shimono


Caasi Shimono is a Landscape Architect at PBR HAWAII, where she has worked for the past nine years.  Her work experience encompasses a wide range of public and private projects including the Kosasa Neighborhood Grades 4-5 Community at Punahou School, Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel Landscape Renovations and Central Maui Regional Park.  Caasi received her Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly – Pomona.  

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If you were a plant, what would you be? 

Ray Higa


As a Senior Associate at PBR Hawaii, Mr. Higa brings forth over 23 years of experience in landscape and urban design, site and land use planning, irrigation design, construction drawing, 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. High has the ability to work on and with a wide array of team members essential for a project's success.


If you were a plant, what would you be? 

Matt Higa

Member At Large - O‘ahu

Coming Soon!


If you were a plant, what would you be? 

Amy Harbert

Member At Large - O‘ahu

Coming Soon!

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If you were a plant, what would you be? 

Carex (Carex wahuensis)

Nicole Swanson

Member At Large - Kaua‘i Island

Nicole Swanson is a Landscape Architect at PBR HAWAII, where she has worked for the past five years.  Nicole has managed a variety of landscape and planning projects including the Turtle Bay Resort Renovation Entry Features, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Long Range Development Plan, and Baldwin Beach Park Master Plan.  She aspires to design landscapes that mend and restore broken relationships between environments and communities.  Prior to working for PBR, Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University.  Nicole now resides in Kilauea, Kaua‘i where she continues to work for PBR HAWAII. 


If you were a plant, what would you be? 

Craig Duff

Member At Large - Kaua‘i

Coming Soon!

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If you were a plant, what would you be? 

Western Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva)

David Sereda

Member At Large - Maui Island

David has been employed as a Landscape Architect with Chris Hart & Partners since 2001.  He has worked on over 400 landscape architecture design and construction projects.  Notable projects include: Hyatt Regency Resort, AC Hotel Wailea, Wailea Residence Inn, Kaanapali Beach Club & Fairmont Kealani Wailea as well as numerous Single Family Residences, Multi-Family Developments and Master Plans.  David has served on the County of Maui Urban Design Review Board. David has a Bachelor in Economics and a Master in Landscape Architecture.