Office of Lou Arencibia, designs landscapes - the fabric of a city. Cities host a complex interconnected network of infrastructure, buildings, parks, open spaces, and ecologies. We believe in the ability of landscapes to connect these disparate parts of a city into a seamlessly built environment. OLA’s multidisciplined approach is fueled by people who come from diverse backgrounds including architects, landscape architects, and urban designers. This combined knowledge allows our team to design landscape architectural interventions that consider all aspects of the built environment.

OLA is currently developing a diverse portfolio of projects in North America, South America, and the Caribbean. We engage with a varying group of clients and collaborators that include architects, urban designers, horticulturalists, ecologists, engineers, developers and contractors. Project typologies range from master planning and urban design to streetscapes, plazas and intimate residential gardens.


Founder, Lou Arencibia, PLA, comes from a cross-disciplinary design background of architecture, landscape, and interiors. Originally trained as an architect, he entered the profession of landscape architecture in 2005 to further explore the relationships between the two disciplines. His academic experience combined with 15 years of professional experience has further reinforced these interests. He believes that the constant shift from macro to micro perspectives informs a richer, more complex dialogue between the two, positively impacting our built environment.

Prior to founding the studio, Lou worked at a variety of acclaimed architecture and landscape architecture firms, where he oversaw the design and development of major award-winning projects in the United States and abroad.


Most recently, Lou worked as a senior landscape designer at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in New York, an internationally acclaimed architecture and urban and design firm. At BIG he led the landscape design of Audemars Piguet Hotel Des Horlogers in Le Brassus, Switzerland, currently under construction. Adjacent to the Musee Atelier, the project re-imagines the Audemars Piguet’s complex introducing a series of sloping roof garden terraces that lead to the large scenic valley of Vallee de Joux.


Project experience prior to OLA:

  • 66 Hudson Boulevard, The Spiral: New York

  • Miami Produce Center Complex: Miami

  • Design Museum for the Common Wealth Institute: London

  • Camana Bay Resort Village: Grand Cayman

  • Camana Bay Block 5 South Courtyard: Grand Cayman

  • New York Stock Exchange Plaza:  New York

  • BROMO Arts & Entertainment District Vision Plan: Baltimore

  • Time Inc Headquarters Roof Terrace: New York

  • Villa Ludovisi: Rome, Italy

  • Grand Junction Park: Westfield

  • Sonesta Key Biscayne Resort: Key Biscayne

  • Soho Beach House: Miami Beach

  • 1111 Lincoln Road Plaza: Miami Beach

  • Miami Beach Botanical Garden: Miami Beach

  • Grove Estates Garden: Coconut Grove

  • Lazenby Garden: Coral Gables

  • Miami Beach Residential Garden: Miami Beach

  • Roof Top at The Grovenor: Coconut Grove

  • Dubai Creek Theater & Art Gallery, Dubai

  • Al Khan Museum: Sharjah, U.A.E

  • Pennovation Works: Philadelphia

  • Cummins Green Headquarters: Indianapolis