about the author

With a passion for productive infrastructure, Lauren Mandel, Associate ASLA works as a Project Manager and Rooftop Agriculture Specialist at the Philadelphia-based green roof firm Roofmeadow (formerly Roofscapes, Inc.).  At Roofmeadow Lauren designs green roofs, oversees green roof construction around the country, and is integral to every rooftop agriculture project the firm encounters.

Lauren began exploring the viability of rooftop agriculture while in graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a Master of Landscape Architecture and wrote the first draft of her book.  With nine years of professional landscape architectural and green roof design experience, Lauren continues to explore rooftop agriculture through design, research, and writing.

In 2013 Lauren founded EAT UP, LLC to offer “roof-to-table” speaking engagement and journalism services.  She lectures on green roofs and rooftop agriculture and is available for speaking engagements upon request.  Lauren is a contributing writer for Urban Farm, Grid, and Landscape Architecture Magazine and welcomes further journalism opportunities.  When she’s not working, Lauren enjoys backpacking and extreme dog walking.

 

Work Experience

Roofmeadow | Project Manager + Rooftop Agriculture Specialist

EAT UP, LLC | Owner

Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC | Landscape Designer

Mithūn | Landscape Designer

USDA Forest Service | Wilderness Ranger

Maysie’s Farm and Conservation Center| Farm Intern

American Farmland Trust | Research Intern

 

Education

University of Pennsylvania | Master of Landscape Architecture

Skidmore College | BA in Environmental Science, Minor in Studio Art

 

Professional Membership

American Society of Landscape Architects

 

EAT UP, LLC

Mission:  To advance the rooftop agriculture industry through discussion and media.

Vision:  Urban skylines dotted with informed growers cultivating well-designed, productive rooftop farms and gardens.