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 on the creative design and technical complexities involved in all scopes. Richard’s distinct Outerspace approach to place making, based on the values ‘human-nature’, 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 in 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 much experience of designing spaces from urban areas to private gardens and a passion for planting in many different and sometimes demanding environments. 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, 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 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 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 the office administration, Quality Control and client liaison with financial matters. She also is responsible for updating the website. Her calm and friendly nature is an important asset to our 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 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, but feathers do loom large – a Hitchcock style film in the making?
Inmaculada Navarro Gaspar
Senior Landscape Architect
Inma gained a master’s degree in Architecture and in Landscape Architecture in Granada, Spain before moving to London. Choosing Landscape Architecture as her main focus has led her to Outerspace as a Senior Landscape Architect. Her knowledge of detail design thanks to her architectural background enables her to face any technical challenge to achieve highly efficient solutions, developing concepts through to the construction stage. Owning all stages of the project Inma has shown her technical ability on a range of schemes, from assisted living developments to a new university wing, sitting alongside the original listed building. Inma’s projects go through to tender, construction and build and she is able to handle different scheme complexities, and offer technical solutions as the project develops.
Interesting Fact: Inma holds the professional level of Spanish dance and Flamenco -Outerspace can’t wait to see Inma in action.
Rory has experience working in London and Rotterdam giving him exposure to a wide range of projects internationally, developing 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 life, so far at Outerspace Magda has worked on a large scale urban residential scheme, a small rural scheme and has helped out on a bid for a 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.