Arbolope Studio is an award-winning landscape architecture and urban design firm based in St. Louis, Missouri ( MO ), USA

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.

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

Amela Parcic

Landscape Designer

Amela is an artist and designer with a multidisciplinary practice that spans installation, video, painting, photography, and exhibition design. She holds a Masters in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a BFA from Pratt Institute in New York. Her interest in engaging audiences through her artistic practice has extended to an interest in the positive value that public design can add to our lives. She is passionate about the social potential of street and public space and believes in the power of shared spaces to unite people in more equitable ways. Amela is currently part of the faculty, teaching introductory architecture design and drawing courses at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts in St. Louis.

#theFutureIsCollective #LandscapeTransplant #Multicultural #Singer

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

D. Anne Lewis, PLA

Senior Advisor

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

Soazig Friguel

Landscape Designer

Soazig obtained her Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from the National Landscape Architecture School in Lille, France. With a background in art and design, she has worked on a variety of landscape architecture, planning, urban design and playscape projects. She enjoys participating in various social, artistic and cultural projects to engage people, define their uses and draw their spaces.

#SustainableLandscape #PublicSpacesForAll #Bike&Hike #HappyHour

Kirsten Truesdell

Landscape + Urban Designer

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


Reception + Human Resources

Sequoia is Arbolope Studio's office dog, Receptionist, and Human Resources Associate. With over two years of experience working and living in St. Louis, she believes in the restorative power of long city walks and detail-oriented site visits. A people person to the core, she literally jumps at any chance to mingle.

#casaconpaw #officedog #sitstay

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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