Office of Lou Arencibia is a landscape architecture and urban design studio advocating for site authenticity and contextual expression. Our projects are made with honesty and clarity to serve the people, nature, and functions that inhabit them. As a team with diverse backgrounds and curiosities, we share an openness to different ways of living and perspectives of space. We believe that meaningful design unfolds from strong relationships. Together, we seek to uplift people and places through the creative process.
Lou Arencibia founded OLA in 2018 in New York City. Since then, the office has grown to include a Miami studio that supports our work in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. Our portfolio spans all scales, from masterplans to waterfronts, parks, streetscapes, plazas, rooftops, and private gardens. Through our collaborations, we shape the experiences of public spaces, cultural destinations, hotels, residences, workplaces, and educational facilities.
OLA IS A CERTIFIED M/WBE DESIGN
MEANINGFUL DESIGN UNFOLDS FROM STRONG RELATIONSHIPS
OLA IS A NYC BASED LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN STUDIO LED BY LOU ARENCIBIA
OLA is certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council AND the New York City Department of Small Business Services as a M/WBE firm.
We value site authenticity and work to achieve designs that serve the people, nature, and functions that inhabit them. Cities are a complex interconnected network of infrastructure, buildings, parks, open spaces, and ecologies. We believe landscapes can connect these disparate parts of a city, fostering a humming and active built environment. OLA’s approach is fueled by people who come from diverse backgrounds including architects, landscape architects, horticulturalists, and urban designers. This interdisciplinary knowledge allows our team to generate thoughtful interventions that consider all facets of the built environment.
At the heart of every project are its users. We design landscapes that connect people to the vital, ecological processes of their neighborhood, city, and region. While we may work on a multitude of scales, we put the emphasis of our design focus on how people interact, utilize, and inhabit a space. By looking at each site through the lens of the user, we address macro and micro scale problems with solutions that nurture connection to place and are true to site identity.
OLA aspires to embolden its clients and collaborators to see the value in place. Careful analysis and research into past and present conditions, native context, and culture are foundational to our process. Creating honest design that is valued by its users requires an openness to different ideas, ways of living, and perceptions of space. Connection between community and place happens when a design considers living patterns, social networks, and cultural values. As our client, we work with you through the design process, inviting you to broaden our horizons, test our assumptions, and envision novel spaces. OLA aims to ensure our projects become defining elements of any home, neighborhood, or city, but more importantly, are instilled with a sense of stewardship by its inhabitants.