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.
Melissa Muroff, Esq.
Principal + President
Melissa joined Roofmeadow in 2003 and heads all operations, strategic partnerships and public policy activities – all while managing risk management and our Network Contractor Program. She plays a prominent role in business development and coordinates closely with the Marketing Department to support Roofmeadow project lead management. In 2002, Melissa relocated to Philadelphia from Washington, DC, where she gained seven years of experience in management consulting and government affairs. Once in Philadelphia, she founded Higher Ground to lobby policy makers on behalf of green roof providers. In the course of this effort, she met Charlie and shortly thereafter started working for Roofmeadow. Previously, she co-founded Flywheel Group, a management consultancy, where she led constituent outreach and IT projects. She earned her law degree at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and was accepted into the Pennsylvania Bar in 2006. She also received a Masters Degree in Medical Genetics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Notre Dame. Melissa lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Dan, and their greyhound, Luca (aka: your friendly office lounge lizard).
A Philly native, Nate came back to Philadelphia after graduating from the University of Miami with degrees in Environmental Science and Broadcast Journalism. In 2004, while interning at the Miami-Dade Department of Environmental Resource Management, Nate researched and wrote the 56-page “Green Local Government Designation” guide book for landscape maintenance. Putting that expertise to work, he has managed worksites and worked as both a carpenter and a stone mason on sustainable construction sites. Nate lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Lauren, and their daughter.
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.
Andrew Pirie, RLA
Associate Landscape Architect
Andrew joined Roofmeadow in 2015 as Associate Landscape Architect. His prior experience in New England and Philadelphia includes urban streetscape, green roofs, residential landscapes, schoolyards, playgrounds, and zoological gardens. Andrew takes an experience-based approach to designing with plants and soils. In particular he’s interested in the question of how to manage landscapes in ways that promote healthy soils and diverse plant communities over a long period of time. One of Roofmeadow’s unique strengths is that it pursues this question scientifically. In Andrew’s spare time, he raises a variety of perennials and woody plants, including fruit trees and many of our native shrubs. While Andrew’s enemies are few, they are formidable; he has been in a pitched battle with the invasive weeds multiflora rose and Canada thistle for more than a decade. Andrew is a Registered Landscape Architect in Pennsylvania, and received a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. His undergraduate degree is from Amherst College. Besides plants, he enjoys drawing, running, raising chickens and New Wave music.
Kate Farquhar, MLA
Kate joined Roofmeadow in 2015 as a Landscape Designer, and quickly led a team of Roofmeadow colleagues and other collaborators to win the Community Design Collaborative’s Play Space Competition. Previously, she earned her MLA from University of Pennsylvania School of Design in 2012 and spent three years honing her skills at boutique firms in the Philadelphia area. Currently she assists in the Introductory Ecology sequence at PennDesign, contributes to the Penn Program for Environmental Humanities, and has volunteered with local initiatives such as the Philly Seed Exchange, the Institute for Contemporary Art, Philly Parking Day and the Philadelphia Folklore Project. Past professional highlights include an environmental artist residency in Norway, landscape design for Salt Design, Margie Ruddick Landscape and the Land Collective, research and development for OLIN, product design for SHIFT_DESIGN and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, environmental planning with the DVRPC and numerous design-build projects. Sustainable problem-solving, environmental justice and play are what get her out of bed in the morning.
Beyond the great folks in our office, we maintain a national network of highly regarded, handpicked and certified green roof contracting companies. Elite craftsmen and women with a conscience; they aren’t just contractors. They are believers in a better, greener future for us all. Believers trained and licensed to install the Roofmeadow family of green roof systems under the supervision of Charlie Miller himself. And we’re proud to bring them to bear on the toughest, most rewarding green roof projects out there. For more information about firms in your region, see our Roofmeadow Network page. If you’re an environmentally conscious contractor interested in joining our network for good, let’s talk.