Director (Landscape Architect & Garden Designer)
Qualified Landscape Architect and an associate member of the Landscape Institute in the UK. After working for 9 years as an urban designer in Tokyo, Haruko moved to the UK in 1997, qualified with a Diploma in Garden Design at the Inchbald School of Design 1998 and obtained MA Landscape Architecture at the University of Greenwich 2001. She worked at Groundwork Thames Gateway London South as landscape architect from 2001 to 2004, set up Studio Lasso in 2005 and collaborates with artists / designers from across the world.
Haruko has taken part in domestic/ international competitions since 2000, and have been awarded several prizes including awards at Chelsea Flower Show and GWC Huis Ten Bosch in Ngasaki. Haruko also has been invited and giving lectures in the UK, Japan and Italy. Haruko is a visiting professor at Tokyo Zokei University in Japan since 2014.
Partner Designer (Garden Designer & Gardener)
Saori Imoto is an award winning garden designer who also works as a gardener in Japanese gardens. She won a silver-guilt prize at Blenheim Palace Flower Show and a first prize at Christ Church Redesign Competition in Southwark, London. She exhibits ‘Japanese Summer Garden’ at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016. She has Master's degree in Landscape Design and Bachelor's degree in Environmental and Ecological Study in Japan, furthermore Garden Design Diploma in the UK. Her approach towards garden design is inspired by her life in Kamakura, a historic town surrounded by beautiful nature and traditional Japanese gardens. Her keen sense developed in Kamakura and in-depth knowledge on both design and environmental areas enable the space to become a serene Japanese world in harmony with nature.
Project Staff (Landscape Architect & Gardener)
Saori Goke is a qualified Landscape Architect, graduating from Sheffield University with an MA in 2012. She also has a degree in Agricultural Science from Japan. She has contributed to design works for several contemporary garden design projects undertaken by Studio Lasso. Saori also actively works in garden maintenance and has an RHS Level 2 certificate in Plant Growth, Propagation and Development.