About

Founded in 2006, Living Roofs Inc. is an established expert and leader in the field of Green Roofs and Living Walls. We hold true to our pioneering spirit—designing, installing and maintaining projects from coast to coast. We have worked in urban and rural areas on projects both residential and public. Our dedication to a more colorful and sustainable future through the growth and development of Green Roofs is matched only by our commitment to our clients.

The Living Roofs, Inc. team brings a diverse wealth of knowledge, expertise and skills to the table. We’re an independent, boutique group and believe that keeping our team smaller and more intimate allows us to be nimble and responsive to your needs. This hands-on approach gives us the ability to guarantee you the best possible experience and results.

Meet the founders

Co-Founder

Emilio Ancaya, GRP

B.S., Biology, Lees-McRae College
M.S., Biology, Wake Forest University

“Our goal is to make it easy for you to reap the benefits of a living roof. We offer a turn-key service and manage projects start to finish.”

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Emilio brings extensive green roof construction and hands-on experience to every project. His role begins immediately with bidding and project inquiries and carries through to project logistics and onsite installation. You will find him in the office but maybe most at home on a construction site, possibly driving a forklift and coordinating cranes. He has extensive experience in all sizes and types of green roofs, having designed, supervised and installed projects throughout the southeast, northeast, and western states.

Co-Founder

Kathryn Blatt Ancaya, PLA, LEED AP

B.A., Anthropology, Wake Forest University
MLA, College of Design, North Carolina State University

“Design must be present at every stage, and it translates beyond paper plans. For all successful projects, design is the critical thread pulled from concept through post-installation.”

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Kate’s interdisciplinary educational background and professional experience in archaeology and landscape architecture inform all her work. She is keenly interested in how humans interact and connect with their environments, and she says that pushes her to “explore ideas that encourage memorable landscapes and spaces.” Kate’s design approach is sensitive, ecologically responsive and restorative. She leads the Living Roofs design team from concept through construction, ensuring that the original vision remains intact throughout the project.

Meet the team

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project manager

Dustin Brackney, GRP

B.S. in Landscape Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Dustin is a green roof and living wall project manager at Living Roofs, Inc. Dustin has deep experience working on green roofs regionally and nationally and brings a thorough and seasoned knowledge of green roof and living wall project management, logistics, and maintenance to each project.

green roof tech

Annie Mellick

CWC, Florida Community College
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DeMarcus is a green roof and living wall field technician. He applies his experience in the roofing, agriculture and horticultural industries to green roof construction and living wall installation. In addition to his expertise in green roofs, DeMarcus has extensive farming experience from Pennsylvania to Florida.

green roof tech

Chris Boyle

BS, Environmental Studies and Green Building and Community Design, University of Vermont
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Annie is a green roof and living wall field technician and uses her diverse horticultural skills in the green roofs and living walls construction and maintenance. Her thoughtful design inclinations allow her to move easily from studio into the field and back again. She hails from rural New Jersey.

project manager

Dustin Brackney, GRP

B.S. in Landscape Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Dustin is a green roof and living wall project manager at Living Roofs, Inc. Dustin has deep experience working on green roofs regionally and nationally and brings a thorough and seasoned knowledge of green roof and living wall project management, logistics, and maintenance to each project.

Field technician

Demarcus Shipman

CWC, Florida Community College
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DeMarcus is a green roof and living wall field technician. He applies his experience in the roofing, agriculture and horticultural industries to green roof construction and living wall installation. In addition to his expertise in green roofs, DeMarcus has extensive farming experience from Pennsylvania to Florida.

field technician

Annie Mellick

BS, Environmental Studies and Green Building and Community Design, University of Vermont
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Annie is a green roof and living wall field technician and uses her diverse horticultural skills in the green roofs and living walls construction and maintenance. Her thoughtful design inclinations allow her to move easily from studio into the field and back again. She hails from rural New Jersey.