Who We Are

Who We Are

Heather Ring

Heather is the Founder of Wayward, guiding it from its roots as an innovative platform for plant exchanges to become an ambitious vehicle for social change. 

She is also the Creative Director of the international 501(c)(3) non-profit, Urban Physic Garden (UPG), which promotes the healing power of plants and food as medicine through art/medicine/botany research collaborations, educational programming, participatory experiences and design-driven green spaces.

Born in Chicago, she holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and is a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute. Heather previously worked internationally as a landscape architect designing public realm projects for Kathryn Gustafson and Martha Schwartz. Early in her career she was an artist assistant to the environmental artist, Mary Miss and the architect, Michael Sorkin. Between 2005-2010, she was a Senior Editor for Archinect.com and sat on the editorial board of On Farming, the first edition of [Bracket], published by Actar Press. 

Thomas Kendall

Thomas joined Wayward in 2010 to co-produce the Union Street Urban Orchard. Since then, he has worked with Wayward on projects from concept design through to construction, including teaching design and build skills to hundreds of project volunteers and running narrative co-design workshops with communities.

Before joining Wayward, Thomas ran a design-build consultancy that brought together play, participation and narrative design with innovative use of materials. His work includes a housing development in Ghana, utilising local building techniques, teaching construction skills to the local community and building a legacy to encourage economic investment in the local area.

Thomas studied Fine Art at Falmouth College of Art, Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture (BSc) and the Royal College of Art (MA architecture). He is a guest critic at the Bartlett, Middlesex and the RCA.