About Us

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Our mission is to satisfy the urge for nature where we live & work

Our Team

Lauren Mandel, PLA, ASLA - BLOOMTIME’s founder and CEO
Lauren Mandel, PLA, ASLA
Founder
We’ve got your back. Bloomtime’s founder—Lauren Mandel, PLA, ASLA—is a licensed landscape architect with 15+ years of experience. She has contributed to the design of more than $100M worth of landscapes, including more than 60 roof gardens. Her work, which integrates fringe solutions into professional practice, has been recognized through 12 professional awards and 24 publications. Her past clients include the University of Pennsylvania, Barnes Foundation, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

In 2013 Lauren authored EAT UP: The Inside Scoop on Rooftop Agriculture (New Society Publishers), the first full-length book about rooftop food production, and remains a leading expert in the field. She was also the principal researcher and author of the “Site Commissioning White Paper” (U.S. General Services Administration, 2017), a federal-policy tool aimed at elevating the value of landscapes by proving their social, environmental, and financial performance. Lauren holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Environmental Science from Skidmore College.

Kelsey Evans, Brand & Marketing Strategist, Bloomtime

Kelsey Evans

Marketing & Brand Strategist

Kelsey brings more than a decade of results-driven, integrated marketing and branding experience to Bloomtime after honing her approach with local leaders including Lokal Hotel, Metropolitan Bakery & Cafe, and the Philadelphia 76ers. She’s highly analytical…and enjoys nerding out with data and spreadsheets possibly more than Lauren!

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Hudson Greenberg

Landscape Barkitect

Hudson is a lifelong nature lover. Whether he’s hiking mountains, rolling in the grass, or catching frisbees, there’s nowhere he’d rather be than outdoors. At Bloomtime, Hudson lends his outdoor-enthusiast expertise when reviewing plant combinations and inspecting R&D installations at the Bloomtime headquarters.

Charlie Miller, P.E.

Charlie Miller, P.E

Product Advisor

Charlie Miller, P.E. is a civil engineer who introduced green roof technology to the U.S. in the ’90s and continues to bring innovative solutions to market. He is the founding principal of the green roof design and engineering firm Roofmeadow.

Abdallah Tabet, RLA, RA

Abdallah Tabet, RLA, RA

Design Advisor

Abdallah Tabet, RLA, RA is a licensed landscape architect and architect with extensive international experience. He is an associate at a world-renowned, landscape architecture firm, and holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, American University of Beirut, and The Lebanese University.

Michael Mandel, PhD

Michael Mandel, PhD

Tech Advisor

Michael Mandel, PhD is an Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science at Brooklyn College, working at the intersection of machine learning, signal processing, and psychoacoustics. He holds degrees from MIT and Columbia University, and has worked as a postdoctoral research fellow, algorithm developer, research scientist, and assistant professor with funding from Google and the National Science Foundation.

Additional Contributors

Business Coaching: Ravid Butz

University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School: Meghan Chung, Amanda Cohn, Kamran Elahi, Augustin Gar, Agustin Garcinuno, William Gallagher, Ricardo Gonzales, Aden Horowitz, Rebecca Jiang, Ali K., Chaya Levin, Vasu Macherla, Yadel Zazueta Monroy, Marialena Mouaikel, Emmanuel Nkurunziza, Vivek Olumbe, Nicholas Pawlowski, Alison Royce, Julian Samek, Cherie Sio, Pranav Srinath, Isaac Tham, Nicole Windreich, Lorry Wu, Amanda Yao, Julian Yau, Mary Ye, Edward Zhang

University of the Arts: Kamakshi Arora, Raunak Deshmukh, Anne Irving

Our Story

Lauren Mandel, PLA, ASLA
Founder

I grew up in a forest and have always loved the outdoors. As an adult, I moved to Center City Philadelphia and quickly realized how much I missed being surrounded by plants, listening to birds, and smelling fresh air.

After earning a Master of Landscape Architecture degree and designing landscapes around the country for a decade, I discovered that this feeling I had, this longing for nature, has a name. Biophilia is human’s innate draw to nature, a feeling that we’ve literally evolved to have. Human’s recent, global migration from wild places to cities—which the UN projects will reach 89% by 2050—is happening so quickly that evolution can’t keep up.

This displacement from nature, this evolutionary mismatch, has resulted in widespread depression, social unrest, and ADHD, which some researchers are re-categorizing as “Nature Deficit Disorder.” Luckily, exposure to nature can help. In fact, more than 25-years of peer-reviewed research demonstrates that exposure to nature can benefit physical health, psychological health, and social well-being.
So what are the tens of millions of people living in cities supposed to do? Some are lucky enough to live near public landscapes, places like parks and waterfronts, where they can get a biophilia fix. But what about everyone else?

I founded Bloomtime in 2020 to help those who need a biophilic fix at home. My goal is to create a process that’s quick, simple, and affordable in order to help as many people as possible love the outdoors at home, like I do.

We envision nature throughout the built environment that enhances happiness, environmental resilience, and financial sustainability.

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