Managing and Creative Director
Richard Broome established Outerspace in 2002 and has over 25 years’ experience of urban regeneration and the design of the public realm. Working on schemes ranging from high density residential to mixed use, education, healthcare and small private gardens, Richard has an in-depth understanding of the creative design and technical complexities involved in all scopes. Richard’s distinct Outerspace approach to place making, based ‘human-nature’concept,helps to attain successful planning applications and beyond to deliver high quality schemes that respond to people’s needs whilst promoting bio-diversity. He is passionate about what Landscape and public realm can bring to both a client’s scheme and the end user’s quality of life. These values are translated into his leadership of the company and the Outerspace approach.
Interesting fact: Richard is the Boathouse Table Tennis champion, winning and holding the trophy at present!
Bianka Schneider has over 18 years’ international experience working as a Landscape Architect in New York, Berlin and London. As an Associate in Outerspace, Bianka has been lead Landscape Architect on many of our most prestigious and technically complex projects. Bianka has a wealth of experience of designing spaces from urban areas to private gardens where her passion for planting in many different and sometimes demanding environments shines. Her skills in understanding complex schemes and advising her team on solutions show in the built projects she is running, most notably in the award winning Greenwich Square scheme.
Interesting fact: Bianka is the founder of the much loved and very popular sketch club here at the Boathouse, meeting every Thursday by the river. Bianka has set up a twitter feed so you can all see the club’s work https://twitter.com/BoathouseArt
Nick has over 13 years experience as a Landscape Architect. His strength lies in co-ordinating and communicating with both the client and the team involved with the scheme. Working closely within a design team, liaising with contractors, engineers, local authorities and architects. His strength lies in co-ordinating and communicating with both the client and the team involved with the scheme.
As an associate, Nick has worked on many different schemes since joining Outerspace. Currently he is working on two re-generation projects in Essex and Lambeth which require huge amounts of community consultation to improve the quality of the scheme for all residents involved, from the new to the existing. Nick has lead discussions and workshops on planting opportunities to make sure residents can take ownership of the design, while keeping the scheme to the client’s wishes and necessary scheme guidelines.
Interesting fact: Nick has an unhealthy obsession with baking Sourdough Bread and has not bought a sliced loaf for about 3 years…..
Melanie has had a long and varied career providing the retail, telecoms and the architecture sector with office management, account management and customer service processes and procedures. Focusing on the landscape architecture sector for the last ten years has enabled Melanie to work in a sector she is really enthusiastic about and fascinated with.
In Outerspace she is responsible for ensuring Outerspace runs like clockwork, clients are happy and everything is done to the highest possible standard. She does all this with an air of calm authority which is a real asset to the team.
Interesting fact: Melanie loves singing in her rock, pop and gospel choir every week. The latest song is Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb which surprised everyone by sounding great with a full choir arrangement- just waiting for Gareth Malone to discover them!?
Senior Landscape Architect
Matt is a Senior Landscape Architect at Outerspace and has over 7 years experience in the industry. Matt has worked on a wide range of projects at Outerspace and is currently involved on some very complex large residential schemes in the city. Matt enjoys seeing the project through from concept to construction and is passionate about the contribution landscape architecture is making to the evolution of our cities.
Matt is committed to quality and sits on the internal ISO 9001 quality management team working to ensure Outerspace’s processes and systems are continuously reviewed to ensure best practice.
Interesting fact: Matt has a phobia of big birds like chickens – he is not sure when or why this phobia started, could it be a Hitchcock style film in the making?
Rory has experience working in London and Rotterdam giving him exposure to a wide range of international projects and helping him to develop strong design skills and a sound technical knowledge. Prior to working at Outerspace Rory has worked on a strategic vision for a National Trust Grade I listed grounds in Buckinghamshire, Botanical Garden in Doha and a market square in Harelbeke, Belgium.
Rory has led the use of BIM in the office, playing an integral role in setting up the standards for delivering our BIM projects. He is currently working on a residential conversion of an old cinema and some other large residential and mixed use schemes in London.
Interesting fact: Rory has many minor but interesting small brushes with famous people in his lifetime. He can tell a good story or two if you ask him!
Having recently received her MA in Landscape Architecture Magda brings with her plenty of practical and academic experience. Working on many different schemes in her previous roles, at Outersapce Magda has worked on a large scale urban residential scheme, small rural schemes and contributed to a successful bid for an outlandish private garden
Interesting fact: Magda starred in a film in her native Poland. Called ‘Return’ Magda was the ripe old age of 7 when she had a couple of months off school to shoot this little known gem. Be sure to look her up on IMbd – no autographs please!
Part II Architectual Assistant
After obtaining her Architecture degree in Chile, and working there for several years, Pia brings her hard working ethos to Outerspace. Her attention to detail, combined with her hand drawing and design flair is a real benefit to the team. Pia has worked on residential, commercial and mixed projects and is currently working on a residential regeneration project.
Interesting fact: Pia loves dancing. She spent 15 years practising ballet in Chile. She also has a very sweet tooth and loves sweets – Our own Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker!
Anushka has been working as a Landscape Architect for three years. Graduating with a distinction on her masters at the University of Greenwich and with a previous MA in scenography, Anushka understands and enhances the landscape in both a functional and creative perspective. At Outerspace, Anushka has already helped out on a major housing project, a small residential scheme and many other projects.
Interesting fact: Anushka used to learn trapeze. Obviously not afraid of heights (or falling). Just a trapeze rope, the ability to glide, balance; and co-ordinate in the air. Does not sound difficult at all!