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Throop Plaza | Project Designer, 2014

Throop Plaza is a landscape court for the new Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Approximately a half acre in size, Throop Plaza is a multi-seasonal, multifunctional prototype landscape for the University.

The plaza is defined geometrically by a series of paths laid out to provide clear and focused way-finding and the plaza’s landscape components are composed into inhabitable layers which filter views through the site.

Along Throop Plaza’s perimeter are rain garden s and a native flowering hillside which buffer the plaza from the street and visually reinforce the University’s commitment to sustainability. Next, a mixed grove of native deciduous trees creates an understory gathering space that shifts colors and textures through the seasons. Beyond the grove, moving along the length of the plaza is a 55’ long custom bench that encourages seating and creative use. Finally, an evergreen berm screens an adjacent garage, providing an all-season backdrop and visual anchor to the plaza.


Women in the Design World: Work in Progress, an exhibition presented by the Sam Fos School of Design and Visual arts in conjunction with the Women in Architecture Symposium 2014.

Lila Irene Compadre, ASLA / Lecturer, WUSTL / Master of Landscape Architecture, 2012 / B.A. Architecturer, 2008