Designing spaces
for new stories


We are an award-winning Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Public Art practice based in St. Louis. We work with a variety of clients including universities, institutions, corporations, communities and individuals - at scales ranging from intimate landscapes to large-scale urban plans.

We bring a careful attention to detail to each project, as well as a desire to do great work and the goal of creating innovative and impactful landscapes that help make a happier, healthier and more inspired world.

Arbolope Studio is a MBE and WBE firm certified in the City of St. Louis. We believe in creating enduring relationships with our clients and community and we love what we do.

Love Bank Park
East End Central Landscape
The Lofts of Washington University
St. Ferdinand Homes II Landscape
Children's Play Garden
Krauss House Visitor Center
One Hundred
The Score, Art & Music Promenade
Strauss Park
Council Circle
Tower Grove Streetscape Vision
Jubilee Garden
El Agua Y La UTPL
Mobility Framework Masterplan
Throop Drive One-Way
Capital Projects Connector
East End Perimeter
Knight Hall Welcome Court
"Places" Art on Campus Landscape
Weather Field No.2
McMillan Hall, Throop Addition
Alpha Beer Garden
4101 Laclede Amenity Deck
Central Plaza

Team Members

We are design practitioners with a wide range of backgrounds including landscape architecture, urban design, sculpture, painting, horticulture, architecture and music.

L. Irene Compadre, PLA


L. Irene Compadre is the founding principal of Arbolope Studio. Irene has a background in musical composition, architecture, sculpture and scenic art which help inspire her work.

Irene holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree with Honors and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL). Irene is also adjunct faculty at WUSTL, teaching graduate level courses in Landscape Architecture, Architecture, and Urban Design.

#Vegetarian #Latinx #Paisajista #ABetterWorld

Xiaoqing Qin, ASLA

Landscape Designer

Xiaoqing is a Master of Landscape Architecture graduate with honor at Washington University in St. Louis, with a background of landscape research and horticulture. She brings passion for design and technical expertise to the Arbolope Studio team.

Xiaoqing has worked on various local and international projects, participating in concept development through construction administration.  She is passionate about using landscape architecture as a catalyst to create joy and increase the value of urban spaces. She also believes in using design to highlight the unique cultural, ecological and artistic details of each site.

#FunCook #Cyclist #LandscapeSpeaks

Anu Samarajiva

Landscape + Urban Designer

Anu Samarajiva is a graduate of the Master of Urban Design and Master of Architecture programs at Washington University in St. Louis. She has a background in economics, community engagement and teaching, and is passionate about the power of public space and landscape to engage and sustain communities.

Anu brings passion for design, experience meeting client needs, and practical skills to the Arbolope Studio team.

#bikebuswalk4life #urbanism #heartSTL

Michael Powell


Michael holds a BA from UC Santa Barbara and a MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design + Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, where he continues to teach as a lecturer in communication design. Specializing in branding, web design, and publication design, Michael works with the Arbolope team to craft brand standards and marketing materials.

Interested in authentic storytelling, Michael believes in the power of good design to shape a better future.

#designthatreveals #stl #maker

Frank Ward

Finance + Business Officer

Frank handles the business and financial affairs at Arbolope Studio, allowing the design team to focus on creating impressive environments for our clients. He is a well-rounded financial professional with prior executive experience at both large public companies and smaller not-for-profits. A native of St. Louis, Frank holds a BA in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Louis University.

#family #finance #outdoors



Sequoia, Arbolope's receptionist, is dedicated to making our office an inspiring and joyful place to work. With an advanced degree in Good Behavior, she spends most of her day napping, greeting visitors, and offering critical design feedback.

#livework #officedog #metasequoia

Arbolope Studio

An award-winning landscape architecture, urban design and art practice interested in creating innovative and impactful landscapes that contribute to making a happier, healthier and more inspired world.
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