our mission

We demystify green roofs by making the unique complexities of their design and construction feel easy—so that more and more people can experience and believe in living roofs.

our story

We are Living Roofs, an award-winning design and construction office based in Asheville, North Carolina. Our story begins in 2006. Newly founded back then, we operated from kitchen tables and coffee shops. We have since grown into an interdisciplinary office with 100s of successfully completed projects spread out over the Southeast from sea level to over 5,000 ft in elevation!

Our many years of experience have made us leaders in the Green Roof industry, with unmatched expertise in the unique and diverse climates of the Southeast. We currently serve several states including; North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia.

We are led by founders Emilio and Kate Ancaya and are dedicated to giving our clients a feeling of confident ease with a full scope of services from Design and Construction to Maintenance & Restoration—we do everything your project could need.

View our work
Landscape on Structure Installations
Annual Green Roof Maintenance Accounts
"We rely on Living Roofs expertise in the bidding and design phases through construction on our green roof projects."
— Todd Smith, VP, Hamlin Roofing Company
"While we appreciate the practical and environmental benefits of a living roof, we were not prepared for how very beautiful our 'meadow in the sky' looks."
— Karen Ramshaw, Public Interest Projects
"LRI were professionals, and took care of Hourigan and the project – before, during, and after the installation was complete."
— Ryan Byrd Director, Operations / Partner, Hourigan Group

We leverage deep experience in the Southeast, with proven standards of success and tested processes to simplify the unique complexities inherent in every landscape on structure project. So you can rest easy—and rely on us.

our team

Anna Ahern,



Design Studio Manager

Corey Moore


Field Support Coordinator

Corey Tolisano


Project Manager

Dawson Jacobs


Green Roof Technician

Dustin Brackney


Construction Manager

Elio Garcia


Green roof maintenance foreman

Ellis Sarver


Green Roof Technician

Emilio Ancaya,



Founding partner & President

Emily Gregory


horticulture & maintenance manager

Hank Simonet


Green Roof Technician II

Jennifer Sheffield


Administrative Assistant

Jordan Wilson


construction foreman

June Altamura


Business Manager

Kate Blatt Ancaya,



Founding partner & Design Principal

Kira Young


Green Roof Maintenance Technician

Kyle Williams


Director of Operations

Nate Moser


Construction Foreman

Stephen Shumaker



Zachary Briggs


Green Roof Technician

Some of our partners

Featured collaborators

  • Wertimer + Cline
  • Platt Architecture
  • in situ studio
  • Public Interest Projects
  • Thomas and Denzinger Architects
  • SPG Architects
  • LS3P
  • Robinson Design Engineers
  • MHA Works
  • Assembly Architecture & Build
  • Osgood Landscape Architecture
  • Holden Design Shop
  • Kerns Landscape Architecture
  • Jane Mathews Architecure


We believe in the work we do. And we do it together, as a team. Want to join?

We are a dynamic team of doers and dreamers dedicated to creating resilient and beautiful vegetated roofs and living walls. We are headquartered in Asheville, NC and proud to be recognized as a Leading Living Wage Employer by Just Economics WNC.

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Living Roofs Inc. employees planting grasses and perennials