ANITA TOBY LAGER, ASLA
Anita Toby Lager's diverse design and business background as an industrial designer and small business entrepreneur shaped an indirect route to her successful career in landscape architecture and continues to enhance the firm's creative work. Beginning with LRSLAstudio's initial projects Anita, and co-founder Peta Raabe, honored and embraced the tenets of landscape architecture in their work: to design innovative, thoughtful, people friendly, and sustainable environments. Today, in her primary role as the firm's managing principal, Anita continues to foster these principles among the staff as she oversees LRSLAstudio's business development and the firm's administration.
Anita received her MLA from The University of Illinois and her BS from Drexel University. She has been practicing landscape architecture since 1980 and is licensed in several states. Anita is often a guest lecturer, on the subject of running a design practice, at landscape architecture programs in the region where she is also a frequent visiting critic. Anita continues to share her expertise and love of design as a speaker at conferences on a range of topics of interest to both landscape architects and the general public.
KAREN M. SKAFTE, ASLA
Karen M. Skafte's passion for design, inventiveness, and technical expertise is a mainstay of LRSLAstudio. Karen's pivotal contribution to the projects she is involved with, from programming through design and construction observation, is apparent to the firm's clients who value and admire the creativity and effectiveness of her award winning work. The ability to focus on a project's intimate spaces and detail design while envisioning a holistic approach to the site's challenges is fundamental to the successful execution of Karen's work. As design principal she has overseen LRSLAstudio's work on a range of projects at the University of Pennsylvania, TEVA pharmaceutical, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, and other institutional and corporate campuses.
Karen received her MLA from the University of Virginia and BA from the University of Maryland. She has been practicing and registered in Pennsylvania since 1986. Karen has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at Temple University, teaching site engineering, and she continues to serve as a guest critic for design juries at local universities. Karen is an appointed member of the design review or advisory board for several key civic entities including PIDC, PWD, and DAG.
JULIE A. BUSH, ASLA
Julie A. Bush has been an integral member of LRSLAstudio since joining the firm in 2000, becoming an Associate in 2004, and a Principal in 2010. Julie contributes to the successful design and installation of the projects she works on through her excellent people and project management skills coupled with her ability to effortlessly shift from site scale to detail scale during the design process. Julie's talent, skill, and enthusiasm are evident in the quality of her built work and as a mentor to the firm's junior staff. Julie's successfully completed projects include preparing Design Guidelines for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and subsequently leading the team designing and overseeing construction of public realm improvements on two of the Parkway's blocks. Recently, Julie has focused her efforts on large scale planning projects with multiple stakeholders and complex program requirements, including the Master Plan for the Lower Schuylkill River District, as well as on the design and installation of more intimate site-specific landscapes.
The recipient of a MArch from McGill University and BLA from Clemson University Julie has been an adjunct member of Temple University's Department of Architecture, often serves on design juries and is a registered Landscape Architect.
BRADLEY THORNTON, ASLA, LEED AP
Bradley Thornton brings over ten years of landscape architectural experience to LRSLAstudio. Prior to joining the firm he worked for several years at OLIN. Brad excels at creating innovative and technically resourceful design solutions to complex site challenges. The breadth of his experience includes work on all phases of a diverse range of projects and his ability to solve problems imaginatively and thoughtfully both in the field and on the boards is an ongoing asset to the firm.
Brad's work includes Philadelphia's new Hawthorne Park where, to achieve consensus and design excellence, he was successful in creatively and sustainably addressing the programming needs of stakeholders, the site's constraints, and the city's operational requirements. At the Lawrenceville School, Brad is leading the firm's work on several site improvement projects within an historic Olmsted landscape and his focused, innovative design for The Porch at 30th Street Station effectively transformed surplus space into a lively destination landscape.
Brad, a registered Landscape Architect, received his BS from Temple University. He is a volunteer project review coordinator for the Community Design Collaborative, often serves on design juries for local Universities, and presents at design forums.