Arbolope Studio is an award-winning landscape architecture, urban design and public art practice based in St. Louis, MO. Founded in 2015, we work with a variety of clients including universities, institutions, corporations, and communities, at scales ranging from intimate parks to large-scale urban plans.
Our goal is to create innovative, sustainability-minded, and impactful landscapes that help make a happier, healthier and more connected world. A MBE and WBE firm certified in the City of St. Louis, we believe in creating enduring relationships with every client and the diverse communities that they serve.
We are design practitioners with a wide range of backgrounds including landscape architecture, urban design, sculpture, painting, horticulture, architecture and music.
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
Paul is a graduate of the MLA program at The Ohio State University and earned his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Davis. He also worked for five years in event facility management, obtaining a unique experience of design problem-solving and team collaboration. Paul is passionate about exploring the changing role of public spaces in society and how they can be developed into inclusive places while engaging opportunities for active civic interactions.
#publicspace #designforall #diy
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 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 brand strategy, and graphic design, Michael works with the Arbolope team to craft brand content and marketing materials. He also leads both the design of environmental graphics and public art projects at the firm.
Interested in authentic storytelling, Michael believes in the power of good design to shape a better future.
#designthatreveals #stl #maker
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
Anne is a practicing artist, a highly accomplished Landscape Architect and a well respected leader in the St. Louis design community. After working at HOK, in 1991 Anne founded LEWISITES, Inc a landscape architectural firm of exacting and precisely creative professionals which she continued to lead until joining Arbolope Studio at the end of 2019.
As a Senior Advisor and licensed Landscape Architect, Anne brings to Arbolope her almost 40 years of experience leading a Landscape Architecture design practice, a deep knowledge of native and adapted plants, and the desire to guide the next generation of designers in producing high-quality, idea-based Landscape Architecture that adapts to existing environments and demonstrates an appreciation for clients’ visions.
#plantmanager #landscapearchitect #artist
Alisa Blatter is a graduate of the Master of Landscape Architecture program at Washington University in St. Louis. Her experiences in planting design, wayfinding and signage, site research, and historic and cultural landscapes strongly underpin her work. She is passionate about inclusive design that cues people to an immersive connectivity with nature -- and thinks designing in three dimensions with living things is the best of all possible jobs.
#watertruthing #mesocosms #nativeplants
Kirsten is a designer with multidisciplinary work experience in urban planning, healthcare architecture, and high-end residential design. She is passionate about finding beautiful and practical design solutions for the every-day user experience.
Kirsten holds Masters degrees in both Architecture and Urban Design from the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as a BA in Architecture, with minors focusing on Anthropology and Creative Writing.
#DesignIsInTheDetails #IHeartSTL #PickUpABook
Mack is a graduate of the Master of Landscape Architectureprogram at Kansas State University. With a background in international teaching, urban agriculture and art. She believes that a wide range of experiences help to inform empathetic and sensitive cultural landscapes.
Having grown up in St. Louis, Mack is passionate about bringing high-quality, equitable design to the Midwest region. Outside of work, Mack enjoys rockclimbing, running, and inventing new ice cream flavors.
#empathy #shapetheworld #urbanlife