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Our Team

Richard Broome

Richard Broome

BA (Hons) DipLA dipUD CMLI

Managing and Creative Director

rbroome@outerspaceuk.com

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 Kershaw

Kate Kershaw

BA (Hons) DipPsych Prince2 DSDM Agile

Practice Manager

kkershaw@outerspaceuk.com

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 Schneider

Bianka Schneider

MSc LA (Hons)

Associate

bschneider@outerspaceuk.com

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 Willmore

Nick Willmore

BA (Hons) Dip LA

Associate

nwillmore@outerspaceuk.com

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.

Interesting fact: Nick has an unhealthy obsession with baking Sourdough Bread and has not bought a sliced loaf for about 3 years…..
Antony Geddes

Antony Geddes

BA, DipLM, MSc, CMLI, CHort

Associate

ageddes@outerspaceuk.com

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!

 

Bethan Thomas

Bethan Thomas

BA (Hons), DipLA, CMLI

Senior Landscape Architect

bthomas@outerspaceuk.com

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.

Interesting Fact: 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!

 

Giovanni Grigoletti

Giovanni Grigoletti

MSc MA

Landscape Architect

ggrigoletti@outerspaceuk.com

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 Sandei

Sara Sandei

BA (Hons) MSc

Landscape Architect

ssandei@outerspaceuk.com

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!
Alex Lowenhoff

Alex Lowenhoff

BA (Hons) MSc

Landscape Architect

alowenhoff@outerspaceuk.com

Alex rejoined the Outerspace team after a summer internship in 2019. As a student he received a Design Excellence award from the Landscape Institute for his project – Living Hygge – which focused on fostering social connections through urban design. Before studying for his MA in Landscape Architecture Alex practiced as an Environmental Consultant, specialising in air quality and flood risk. His passion lies in activating and curating public space; setting the stage for life to thrive between buildings.

Interesting Fact: Alex’s happy place is on the mountainside. He’s completed the Three Peaks Challenge and trekked further afield in the Alps, Iceland, the Himilayas and British Columbia.
Karishma Ladva

Karishma Ladva

BA (Hons) MA

Landscape Architect

kladva@outerspaceuk.com

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.

Interesting fact: 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.

 

Lilla Csato

Lilla Csato

BA (Hons)

Landscape Architect

lcsato@outerspaceuk.com

Lilla’s professional journey started with a passion for art and nature and the effect they have on our senses. She gained a BA in Landscape Architecture at the university of Greenwich in 2016 and has been developing her skills in Landscape Architecture since. She has 4 years experience working in the UK on public realm, infrastructure, and residential projects and has also worked on international hospitality design in Europe and the Middle East.

Lilla is fascinated by how Landscape Architecture affects all sectors and people’s quality of life globally.  Landscapes can be created to celebrate special occasions, offer the ultimate holiday experience and also lay the foundations for people’s day to day lives, wellbeing and health in a more urbanised setting.

Interesting fact: Lilla is a self-taught artist and enjoys painting and experimenting with digital arts. She spends most of her free time going on cycles/runs and looking for design inspiration in exhibitions and nature.
Magda Pelka

Magda Pelka

BA (Hons) MA

Landscape Consultant

mpelka@outerspaceuk.com

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!
Lukasz Kowalski

Lukasz Kowalski

 

Landscape Consultant

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.

 

The quality of the work we produce is evident through the numerous awards across the sectors, including the New London Architecture ‘Best Housing Award 2016’ for Lime Wharf Hackney and ‘Education Estates Award Winner 2015’ for Sir Isaac Newton Primary School, Ilford. These awards demonstrate our ability and focus in both creative design and technical delivery.

Within the working environment, staff professional development and support alongside their health and wellbeing is central to our company ethos, as shown through our ‘Investors in People Silver’ accreditation. Based at The Boathouse creative hub along the riverbank of the Thames, staff enjoy lunchtime clubs in yoga, sketching, running and table tennis.

 

Life at The Boathouse