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
2006
Founded
200+
Landscape on Structure Installations
50+
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,

 

PLA

Design Studio Manager

Corey Moore

 

Field Support Coordinator

Corey Tolisano

 

Project Manager

Dustin Brackney

 

Construction Manager

Elio Garcia

 

Green roof maintenance foreman

Emilio Ancaya,

 

GRP

Founding partner & President

Emily Gregory

 

horticulture & maintenance manager

Hank Simonet

 

Green Roof Technician

Jordan Wilson

 

green roof technician

June Altamura

 

Business Manager

Kate Blatt Ancaya,

 

PLA, LEED AP

Founding partner & Design Principal

Kira Young

 

Green Roof Maintenance Technician

Kyle Williams

 

Director of Operations

Nate Moser

 

Construction Foreman

Stephen Shumaker

 

Estimator

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

careers

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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