Richard BroomeBA (Hons) DipLA dipUD CMLI
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!
Kate KershawBA (Hons) DipPsych Prince2 DSDM Agile
After 15 years of working in the not-for-profit sector, predominantly in the field of the human brain, Kate decided she wanted to take a different direction in life and move into practice management and staff welfare. Kate is an experienced and results orientated operations manager, with a proven ability to identify problems and work with focus groups towards solutions that meet the needs of both the end user and the organisation. She also has a wealth of experience in communicating complex concepts to a range of different people.
Kate is super organised and loves nothing more than sorting out a messy spreadsheet….she also loves organising a good team social!
Interesting fact: Kate loves the outdoors and all the gadgets that come with being ‘outdoorsy’… she finds it impossible to go camping without getting tent envy!
Bianka SchneiderMSc LA (Hons)
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 WillmoreBA (Hons) Dip LA
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…..
Antony GeddesBA, DipLM, MSc, CMLI, CHort
Antony is a Chartered Landscape Architect and Chartered Horticulturalist, specialising in Landscape Management. After studying at Sheffield University, Antony worked in a variety of practices both in the UK and Canada. The seemingly perpetual student, Antony returned to study a part-time MSc in Horticulture at Reading University, whilst carrying on with his day job of overseeing the build of the London 2012 Olympic Village in Stratford, as one of the on-site Landscape Architects.
Through training and 14 years of diverse experience in landscape, garden design, horticulture and construction, Antony has also gained experience in hard and soft landscape procurement. Following a period of working for a leading landscape contractor, honing his onsite skills, Antony came to Outerspace as an Associate looking to move back into focused design and landscape management role.
Interesting Fact: Whilst spending the majority of his time as a dog pillow, Antony is (slowly) learning to play the Saxophone…Mainly to get the dogs off him!
Matt EllinsBA (Hons) Dip LA CMLI
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?
Magda PelkaBA (Hons) MA
Senior Landscape Architect
Magda plays a pivotal role in both the practice and delivery of projects. As a Senior Landscape Architect she liaises with both the Associates and Junior Landscape Architects, together with running her own projects with direct client and consultant liaison. Magda has great creative flair as well as an understanding of buildability and sustainability issues so strives to identify landscape schemes that are exciting but cost effective.
Her special passion is planting and she has been instrumental in setting up the ‘Outerspace Planting Palette’ to achieve the appropriate mix of plants for the various environmental scenario’s in our industry. As a Senior Landscape Architect at Outerspace Magda has been lead designer on many schemes within the residential, commercial and healthcare sectors. She has experience within all RIBA stages, working on both the creative design through to the planning process together with the technical delivery stages of tender and construction.
Interesting fact: Movie buff? You can find Magda on IMDB as she acted in a Polish move called ‘Returns’ when she was 8 years old. She says the best thing about this is she didn’t have to go to school for five months!
Giovanni GrigolettiMSc MA
After gaining his engineering qualification in Italy, Giovanni moved to Edinburgh and gained a MA in Landscape Architecture. Since joining Outerspace, Giovanni is delivering technical assistance on two large residential schemes. Along with sharing our passion for fantastic design, and lots of coffee (done the Italian way of course), Giovanni has settled in quickly at Outerspace.
Interesting fact: Giovanni has a slight obsession with donuts. Starting when he was in Italy and continuing when he moved over here, his favourite filling is jam and cream. An obsession we can all enjoy.
Sara SandeiBA (Hons) MSc
Sara hails from Italy where she gained a BA in Environment, Landscape and Territory. Completing her MSc at the University of Greenwich in Advanced Landscape and Urbanism, we are delighted that Sara has joined the Outerspace team, where she is helping out on many of our projects, and using her Rhino skills to great effect.
Interesting fact: Aside from her love of football, Sara loves fencing having spent 9 years practicing in Italy. “it is a challenging battle against an intelligent opponent, who will try to counter your moves.” On guard!
Lukasz is a highly creative and technically minded Landscape Architect and has been working with us since 2006. He has been instrumental in helping to develop the Outerspace design and graphical approach, whilst being keen on the construction detailing. He is therefore an incredible all rounder and has worked on a range of scale projects from conceptual design through to delivery on site.
Interesting Fact: Lukasz is a boat builder and craftsman in his spare time. his own canoe from timber. He is often to be seen on the river near his house, relaxing away from the modern world.