L. Irene Compadre

WashU's East End Transformation, 2019; KieranTimberlake, Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, Arbolope Studio.

L. Irene Compadre, BA08 in Architecture, MLA12

L. Irene Compadre, PLA, is the founding principal and design director of Arbolope Studio—an award-winning landscape architecture, urban design, and public art practice based in St. Louis. Learn more about Irene and her practice in this interview with WashU's Office of Sustainability.

Founded in 2015 as an experimental, design-forward, sustainability-minded, and socially engaged design firm, Arbolope has already left its mark on the St. Louis landscape and beyond. With projects ranging in scale from intimate parks to large-scale campus and urban plans, Arbolope strives to create innovative and impactful landscapes with the goal of contributing to a happier, healthier, and more inspired world.

Arbolope’s work includes the Jefferson City Botanical Garden Masterplan (Jefferson City, 2020); 100 Above the Park tower, with Studio Gang Architects in the Central West End (St. Louis, 2020); St. Ferdinand II Homes and Triangle Park Landscape in the Ville and Greater Ville (St. Louis, 2019); the Krauss House Visitor Center Landscape for the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park (St. Louis, 2018); Love Bank Park on Cherokee Street (St. Louis, 2017); Strauss Park “Heart of the Community” Landscape in the Grand Center Arts District (St. Louis, 2016); and El Agua y La UTPL, the landscape master plan for the Universidad Técnica Particular De Loja (Ecuador, 2015).

Compadre has also worked on a number of projects on the Washington University campus, including the East End Transformation project landscape and Tisch Park with Michael Vergason Landscape Architects and KieranTimberlake (2020); a mobility framework plan with Schulze+Grassov (2017); the Danforth University Center Plaza (2015); Throop Plaza (2014); as well as landscape architecture for a number of Art on Campus installations, including Bisected Circle (Dan Graham, 2019), Weather Field No. 2 (Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, 2018), and Places (Ays¸e Erkmen, 2016).

Compadre’s multidisciplinary background includes a Community Arts Training Institute (CAT) fellowship from the Regional Arts Commission. She earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Washington University, where she graduated with honors, and has taught in the Sam Fox School’s architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design programs since 2012.

The Sam Fox School honored Compadre with its Recent Alumni Award as part of the 2021 Awards for Distinction program.

Irene Compadre-100 Above the Park
100 Above The Park, 2021; Studio Gang Architects and Arbolope Studio.