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.
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!
Kate loves the outdoors and all the gadgets that come with being ‘outdoorsy’… she finds it impossible to go camping without getting tent envy!
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.
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.
Nick has an unhealthy obsession with baking Sourdough Bread and has not bought a sliced loaf for about 3 years…..
Bethan ThomasBA (Hons), DipLA, CMLI
Bethan has over 12 years professional experience working on a range of complex projects. She joined the Outerspace team in summer 2021. She is a research led designer with extensive experience in education, landscape planning, masterplanning and estate regeneration projects. Bethan has worked on projects across all Landscape Institute and RIBA work stages, taking on roles including project lead landscape architect within multi-disciplinary design teams. Bethan has been exposed to projects ranging from large scale masterplanning schemes to smaller community lead design projects. Bethan is passionate about designing spaces that orchestrate memorable experiences for the people which frequent the space, whilst preserving and enhancing the biodiversity.
Bethan loves unique jewellery and photography, and takes every opportunity to seek new pieces from her travels. Free time is spent by frequenting fun night classes, the last of which was pottery making!
Venetia SturdyMaLA, LLB Law, CMLI,
Venetia joined Outerspace early in 2023. Prior to joining the Outerspace team, she worked on a wide range of landscape projects, of varying scales within the UK and abroad. She is a place-led designer with experience including masterplanning, high density residential schemes, mixed-use schemes, office and commercial schemes, LVIA/TVIAs, public spaces and parks, and universities. Areas of specialism include Design, Planning, Public consultation, Planting design, LVIA/TVIAs. She is passionate about the environment and creating spaces that enhance and shape people’s lives for the better.
Interesting Fact: Venetia loves dogs and has painted (and sold!) many a dog portrait in her time.
Giovanni GrigolettiMLA BSc MSc CMLI
Senior Landscape Architect
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.
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.
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!
Karishma LadvaBA (Hons) MA
Karishma completed her BA and MA in Landscape Architecture at Birmingham City University. Prior to joining Outerspace in 2021 she worked at an environmental planning consultancy as a Landscape Consultant on various residential and commercial schemes. A designer at heart, Karishma has always had an interest in creative subjects and loves a good challenge. Karishma enjoys trying out new food in cafes and restaurants and discovering hidden gems in Central London.
Karishma appreciates fashion, trends and all things beauty! You’ll find her sewing a new outfit or strengthening up her make up skills for afternoon tea or a night out in town.
Becca SimpsonBA (Hons) MLA
Becca attained her BA and MLA from Sheffield University. During her education, she has been recognised for Best Portfolio of Work, Excellence in Design and Best in Show Research. She intends to curate spaces that feel safe, vibrant and enjoyable while embracing the importance of design driven by communities. Hailing from the north, Becca has worked on a variety of projects based in Greater Manchester and the north-west, from private garden design to city-wide strategies.
Becca is a dancer who has performed on a variety of stages and still enjoys to latin dance socially (unsurprisingly, Strictly is her favourite TV show). She also enjoys live music and any art scene.
Aleks SlubowskaBA (Hons) MA
Aleks completed her MA in Landscape Architecture at Sheffield University. She received the Most Creative Final Project award for her ‘How to Save a Dying Town’ project, a socio-spatial approach to the issue of depopulation based on a combination of different scale interventions focused on local communities. Prior to her studies in Landscape Architecture, Aleks attained her BA in Interior and Spatial Design from Buckinghamshire New University, where she developed an interest in model-making. During her time in the North-East, she has worked on a range of projects including healthcare, education and masterplanning. She is a passionate animal rights advocate and strives to create projects that are guided by empathy.
Interesting fact: Aleks almost became a hair stylist and has dyed her hair probably every colour of the rainbow in the past. In her free time, she loves walking around Polish forests looking for fungi and rare bird species.
Head of Wellbeing
Marnie’s forever friendly nature provides a calming influence in the office. Sitting mostly under Richard’s desk, she often wanders around the studio in search of a pat and a tickle. She has though been taught to growl at arrogant architects and clients who don’t pay invoices, so beware!