Laura Hansplant, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP
Principal + Director of Design
Laura joined Roofmeadow in 2012 as Director of Design, bringing her passion for sustainable landscapes that inspire, educate and promote wellbeing. Laura’s passion for landscapes that work as living systems evolved during her 15 years of designing elegant, sustainable landscapes with Andropogon Associates, where she worked on prestigious projects such as Sidwell Friends Middle School and the Phipps Conservatory’s Center for Sustainable Landscapes. Laura integrates social spaces, rainwater systems and plant communities to create meaningful places where each element serves to mutually support the whole site. Outside the office, Laura pursues interests in soil ecology, meadow dynamics, and art. She spends many afternoons documenting the natural patterns of meadows and woodlands, searching for inspiration for her designs. In her home garden, Laura grows native plants, taking note of their character and durability. Born in Canada, Laura studied at the University of Toronto and the Pennsylvania State University, where she received a Masters in Landscape Architecture with a minor in ecology. She volunteers with the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, where she advocates for sustainable development practices in the Delaware Valley. Laura has developed workshops on planting design, sustainable planning, and the SITES rating system for regional and national audiences. When she can get away, Laura enjoys wilderness canoeing, camping, and hiking with her family.
Charlie Miller, P.E.
Charlie formed Roofscapes, now Roofmeadow, in 1997 to introduce green roof technology for urban stormwater management to the United States. A technical expert in the field, he continues heading the firm, leading our constant exploration of new and better green roofing designs and strategies. His commitment to do good and his intellectual curiosity inspires every aspect of our business. In addition to spearheading all of the firm’s research and design initiatives and authoring multiple technical white papers, Charlie participates directly on the advisory committee for the Center for Green Roof Research at Penn State. As a member of the ASTM Green Roof Task Force (E60.01.71), Charlie has authored four of the six published ASTM green roof standard methods. Charlie’s interest and experience in water resources and environmental engineering began in the 1980’s when he focused his attention on best management practices (BMPs) for water resource management, including biofiltration systems, integrated landscape measures and constructed wetlands. Charlie earned his Master of Science in Civil Engineering and his Master of Science in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Utah; he also earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the College of William & Mary. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Lyndall.
Lauren Mandel, PLA, ASLA
Senior Landscape Architect
Lauren brings 15 years of landscape architectural experience that includes the design and/or construction administration of more than 60 landscapes on structure. Lauren’s work—which integrates fringe solutions into professional practice—aims to celebrate interdisciplinary solutions and advance the field of landscape architecture. Her award-winning, landscape performance research examines site commissioning, soundscape mapping, and rainwater management. Lauren is a contributing writer for Landscape Architecture Magazine and the author of EAT UP: The Inside Scoop on Rooftop Agriculture (New Society Publishers, 2012), the first full-length book about rooftop food production. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Environmental Science. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys kayaking and extreme dog walking.
Brittany Adams, RLA
Brittany’s project experience includes public parks, civic landscapes, multimodal trails, campus master planning, playgrounds, and green stormwater infrastructure. Her involvement on projects with multiple stakeholders, strict project requirements, and tight budget constraints helps her build design consensus among multiple parties in every project. Brittany’s background in engineering, architecture, and planning help her bring a collaborative focus to project coordination and documentation. Brittany is a registered landscape architect in Pennsylvania and received a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 2013. Outside the office, Brittany enjoys her small urban garden and exploring the many wonderful public spaces throughout Philadelphia.
Andrea is landscape architect with a passion for solving environmental challenges and urban ecology. She believes everyone deserves access to healthy, beautiful, and ecologically rich spaces in the urban environment. With a background in fine art, project management, and landscape maintenance she brings a strong sense of aesthetics, grounded in reality, to creating sustainable landscapes. Prior to joining Roofmeadow, her project work focused on green stormwater infrastructure, transforming vacant land in Pittsburgh in collaboration with community groups as well as hospitality, higher ed, non-profit, and multi-unit residential project sites across the northeast. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In her free time, she loves to garden and explore city parks and wild places with her family.
Landscape Designer + Stewardship Director
Angela earned her Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Temple University and brings with her an extensive background in planting design, native plant ecology, green roof stewardship, and project management. She is passionate about taking an integrative and ecological approach to all her design challenges, as she believes that everything is connected. During her prior work experience with a local green roof installation company, she started an initiative in cooperation with the Pollinator Project to integrate native wildflowers on a few Sedum-only, extensive green roofs to introduce more food sources for urban pollinators throughout the growing season. Past volunteer experiences include a project for the Community Design Collaborative and presenting special green roof lectures at her alma mater. When not immersed in the plant world, she loves hiking, dancing, and music (she has been known to perform with a few local bands in the past and currently DJ’s with her siblings).
Kory brings with her a background in stormwater management, ecological restoration, and stewardship. She enjoys sharing her philosophy about how stormwater is a valuable benefit and helps with the ecological balance in a variety of landscapes. She created and currently teaches a green infrastructure training and certification program for professionals, focusing on sustainable design, maintenance and native plant choices. She also connects with general audiences, teaching children and adults alike about stormwater and green infrastructure features, such as how to install rain gardens, bioswales and vegetated filter strips. She has collaborated with municipalities to adopt stronger stormwater ordinances and has done site visits to guide homeowners and contractors on how to comply with those new ordinances by adding beautiful rain gardens and other landscape features.
Safiyah earned her degree in Business Management/Accounting from Harrisburg Area Community College (HA.C.C.) in 2011 and has over a decade experience in management working in the Engineering, Construction, and Landscape Architecture industries. She leads in analyzing and improving Roofmeadow’s organizational process for productivity and efficiency. Safiyah knows this to be a major key in any financial and business success of a company. Safiyah has worked with several project managers in different genres on projects that address Waste-Water Remediation, IT, National Defense, Automation Integration, Project Management, and Green Roofs, which speaks to her value in versatility. She is a mother of one son, and he is her everything! Although a homebody, she enjoys visiting new places, meeting new people, having new experiences, and the beach life.
Jenny’s specialties are email marketing, copywriting, social media management, and website administration. Her background is in Fashion Marketing. She attended NYFW Spring Collection in February 2020 as Nicole Miller Manayunk’s Marketing Coordinator. She also worked as the Marketing Assistant on the upcoming Life Science Development Lab Space by Next Stage Med 2. A project focused on bringing gene therapy companies to the Philadelphia area. Jenny’s work balances data-driven market research with uplifting aesthetics. When not in the office, Jenny enjoys exploring local parks in Center City Philadelphia. She spends most of her time thrifting, sewing, crafting, and listening to music.