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08.01.2018, Press
Trahan Architects’ Website shortlisted for the 2018 Archiboo Web Awards

Trahanarchitects.com is shortlisted for the 2018 Archiboo Web Awards in the following 5 categories:

Best Homepage

Best Use of Digital Imagery

Best Visual Design

Best Use of Video

Best Overall Experience

We would also like to recognize our talented team of collaborators including Spirit of Space, The Boundary, and For Office Use Only.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in London in September.

Trahanarchitects.com is shortlisted for the 2018 Archiboo Web Awards in the following 5 categories:

Best Homepage

Best Use of Digital Imagery

Best Visual Design

Best Use of Video

Best Overall Experience

We would also like to recognize our talented team of collaborators including Spirit of Space, The Boundary, and For Office Use Only.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in London in September.

06.25.2018, Press
Aurora Event Center Project Wins American Architecture Prize

We are excited to announce that our Aurora Event Center project has taken home an American Architecture Prize from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies celebrating the best new architecture in the United States in 2018!

To see all of the winners, please visit the award website here.

We are excited to announce that our Aurora Event Center project has taken home an American Architecture Prize from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies celebrating the best new architecture in the United States in 2018!

To see all of the winners, please visit the award website here.

03.21.2018, Press

“New Orleans’ architecture provides a framework for our rich landscape, community, and culture; but it is the people that make us who we are.  NOAF strives to educate the people of New Orleans about authentic, responsible design.” -Brad McWhirter

“New Orleans’ architecture provides a framework for our rich landscape, community, and culture; but it is the people that make us who we are.  NOAF strives to educate the people of New Orleans about authentic, responsible design.” -Brad McWhirter

02.26.2018, Press

At the end of the fall 2017 semester, the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture inaugurated the first EX-CHANGE, a celebration of the student work of the School of Architecture. Every semester, the SoA studios generate rich provocations, collaborations, and opportunities for both orchestrated and spontaneous exchange.

This booklet is a compendium of thought, work, and discussion generated by EX-CHANGE. It includes studio work alongside excerpts from the moderated conversation between students and critics based on questions generated by studios, reflecting on how the work and research developed at the SoA relates to broader thought in academia and practice.

Inside this booklet you will find:

  • Images of student work
  • Interviews with Aaron Betsky and Trey Trahan
  • Photos from 2017 EX-CHANGE
  • Reflections by students and faculty

At the end of the fall 2017 semester, the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture inaugurated the first EX-CHANGE, a celebration of the student work of the School of Architecture. Every semester, the SoA studios generate rich provocations, collaborations, and opportunities for both orchestrated and spontaneous exchange.

This booklet is a compendium of thought, work, and discussion generated by EX-CHANGE. It includes studio work alongside excerpts from the moderated conversation between students and critics based on questions generated by studios, reflecting on how the work and research developed at the SoA relates to broader thought in academia and practice.

Inside this booklet you will find:

  • Images of student work
  • Interviews with Aaron Betsky and Trey Trahan
  • Photos from 2017 EX-CHANGE
  • Reflections by students and faculty
02.23.2018, Press

Today the South Carolina AIA Design Awards Jury met at Trahan Architects’ New Orleans office. Members included jury chair, Trey Trahan FAIA, Wendy Hillis, AIA of the Tulane School of Architecture, Wm. Raymond Manning, FAIA, president of Manning Architects, and Melissa Rome, AIA, founding partner Rome Office. Winners will be announced in April!

Today the South Carolina AIA Design Awards Jury met at Trahan Architects’ New Orleans office. Members included jury chair, Trey Trahan FAIA, Wendy Hillis, AIA of the Tulane School of Architecture, Wm. Raymond Manning, FAIA, president of Manning Architects, and Melissa Rome, AIA, founding partner Rome Office. Winners will be announced in April!

02.01.2018, Press

ArchDaily feature’s Magnolia Mound Visitors Center by Trahan Architects.

Situated on high ground adjacent to the Mississippi River, Magnolia Mound was a working plantation established in 1791. Today, Magnolia Mound’s mission is to illustrate and interpret the French Creole lifestyle through educational programs, workshops, lectures, festivals and other special events. The design intent of the project is to emphasize the importance of site and topography as it relates to Magnolia Mound.

The minimal intervention seeks to elevate the existing historic buildings and site by establishing a clear threshold for visitors as they circulate around the base of the mound. As one transitions through the new visitor center and ascends to the top of the mound, the building merges with the landscape to become unobtrusive and imperceptible. The top of the new structure aligns with the elevation of the high ground of the mound, establishing a datum which links old and new architecture on site.

Translucent channel glass was selected to subtly obscure occupants within and around the new building like an impressionist painting – blurring the distinction between new and old, building and landscape. The museum display cases were designed as a complementary element to the new architectural intervention. Inspired by the work of Donald Judd and Sol Lewitt, these solid aluminum fixtures attempt to bridge between sculpture, furniture, and architecture; providing storage space, display opportunities, and point of sale.

ArchDaily feature’s Magnolia Mound Visitors Center by Trahan Architects.

Situated on high ground adjacent to the Mississippi River, Magnolia Mound was a working plantation established in 1791. Today, Magnolia Mound’s mission is to illustrate and interpret the French Creole lifestyle through educational programs, workshops, lectures, festivals and other special events. The design intent of the project is to emphasize the importance of site and topography as it relates to Magnolia Mound.

The minimal intervention seeks to elevate the existing historic buildings and site by establishing a clear threshold for visitors as they circulate around the base of the mound. As one transitions through the new visitor center and ascends to the top of the mound, the building merges with the landscape to become unobtrusive and imperceptible. The top of the new structure aligns with the elevation of the high ground of the mound, establishing a datum which links old and new architecture on site.

Translucent channel glass was selected to subtly obscure occupants within and around the new building like an impressionist painting – blurring the distinction between new and old, building and landscape. The museum display cases were designed as a complementary element to the new architectural intervention. Inspired by the work of Donald Judd and Sol Lewitt, these solid aluminum fixtures attempt to bridge between sculpture, furniture, and architecture; providing storage space, display opportunities, and point of sale.

11.28.2017, Press

Trahan Architect’s design for a new Laredo Convention Center in Laredo Texas was unveiled to the City Council on Monday November 20th 2017.

Laredo’s long-awaited downtown convention center is designed to incorporate two historic homes into its plans for a new, modern structure that overlooks the Rio Grande.

A plan presented to City Council on Monday shows that the proposed convention center would wrap around the east, south and west sides of Casa Ortiz and the unoccupied baby blue house that is next door at 907 Zaragoza St.

Council voted unanimously to enter into a memorandum of understanding with Palafox Hospitality, a subsidiary of Fasken Oil and Ranch that manages La Posada Hotel, to provide a framework for this project’s development.

There is not yet a cost estimate for the convention center, but the agreement stipulates that the city will pay for construction costs as well as for the building’s furniture, fixtures and equipment.

The city will also “consider providing an abatement or reimbursement” of a portion of La Posada’s property taxes, according to the MOU. They may also consider waiving building permit fees or “other incentives that may be available for the project.”

Trahan Architect’s design for a new Laredo Convention Center in Laredo Texas was unveiled to the City Council on Monday November 20th 2017.

Laredo’s long-awaited downtown convention center is designed to incorporate two historic homes into its plans for a new, modern structure that overlooks the Rio Grande.

A plan presented to City Council on Monday shows that the proposed convention center would wrap around the east, south and west sides of Casa Ortiz and the unoccupied baby blue house that is next door at 907 Zaragoza St.

Council voted unanimously to enter into a memorandum of understanding with Palafox Hospitality, a subsidiary of Fasken Oil and Ranch that manages La Posada Hotel, to provide a framework for this project’s development.

There is not yet a cost estimate for the convention center, but the agreement stipulates that the city will pay for construction costs as well as for the building’s furniture, fixtures and equipment.

The city will also “consider providing an abatement or reimbursement” of a portion of La Posada’s property taxes, according to the MOU. They may also consider waiving building permit fees or “other incentives that may be available for the project.”

11.08.2017, Press

Trey Trahan, FAIA, will be speaking at the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University on Monday, November 13, as part of their Fall 2017 Lecture Series, presenting his lecture titled: “Fragmenting Ecologies”. Trey is serving as the Alan H. Rider Visiting Critic and Distinguished Lecturer this semester at CMU.

Trey spends his time between New Orleans, New York, and Patagonia Chile, where he recently purchased and is in the process of conserving a property in the Corcovado National Park, one of the eleven national parks established by North Face founder Douglas Tompkins. He is working to return this property to its pristine natural state, while enjoying his time in this remote landscape. Fragmenting Ecologies investigates increasing species through fragmentation of ecologies.

For more information on the lecture, please check here.

Trey Trahan, FAIA, is Founder and CEO of Trahan Architects, with local and international projects that have received recognition for their innovative use of materials. With a strong personal belief in the value of conservation and philanthropy, Trey’s life and work is guided by a commitment to the development of sustainable environments. Trey’s architectural projects include the Louisiana State Museum in Natchitoches, recipient of a 2015 National AIA Honor Award for Interior Architecture and Architect Magazine’s Annual Design Review Award. Trey has taught graduate classes at both MIT and USC, is board member of The Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington DC, and member of the global advisory board for the Van Allen Institute in New York.

 

Trey Trahan, FAIA, will be speaking at the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University on Monday, November 13, as part of their Fall 2017 Lecture Series, presenting his lecture titled: “Fragmenting Ecologies”. Trey is serving as the Alan H. Rider Visiting Critic and Distinguished Lecturer this semester at CMU.

Trey spends his time between New Orleans, New York, and Patagonia Chile, where he recently purchased and is in the process of conserving a property in the Corcovado National Park, one of the eleven national parks established by North Face founder Douglas Tompkins. He is working to return this property to its pristine natural state, while enjoying his time in this remote landscape. Fragmenting Ecologies investigates increasing species through fragmentation of ecologies.

For more information on the lecture, please check here.

Trey Trahan, FAIA, is Founder and CEO of Trahan Architects, with local and international projects that have received recognition for their innovative use of materials. With a strong personal belief in the value of conservation and philanthropy, Trey’s life and work is guided by a commitment to the development of sustainable environments. Trey’s architectural projects include the Louisiana State Museum in Natchitoches, recipient of a 2015 National AIA Honor Award for Interior Architecture and Architect Magazine’s Annual Design Review Award. Trey has taught graduate classes at both MIT and USC, is board member of The Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington DC, and member of the global advisory board for the Van Allen Institute in New York.

 

10.18.2017, Press

Trahan New York studio member Michael Pryor has released a custom plugin for Grasshopper with over 65 new computational tools. The plugin was specifically developed as part of the Millwork BIM modeling effort Trahan Architects has led on the Alliance Theatre. The Alliance Theatre Chamber uses over 170,053 linear feet of ½” x ½” oak slat cladding. Each slat’s centerline is parametrically controlled using the tools found within the Pufferfish plugin. The oak slat cladding system was developed by a collaborative effort between artist Matthias Pliessnig and Trahan Architects. The Pufferfish plugin translates many of the physical operations used by Matthias’s steam bending process into a digitally controlled environment. Techniques such as blending between control curves on a surface, respecting minimum and maximum slat spacing are all crucial computational protocols implemented into Pufferfish.

Trahan New York studio member Michael Pryor has released a custom plugin for Grasshopper with over 65 new computational tools. The plugin was specifically developed as part of the Millwork BIM modeling effort Trahan Architects has led on the Alliance Theatre. The Alliance Theatre Chamber uses over 170,053 linear feet of ½” x ½” oak slat cladding. Each slat’s centerline is parametrically controlled using the tools found within the Pufferfish plugin. The oak slat cladding system was developed by a collaborative effort between artist Matthias Pliessnig and Trahan Architects. The Pufferfish plugin translates many of the physical operations used by Matthias’s steam bending process into a digitally controlled environment. Techniques such as blending between control curves on a surface, respecting minimum and maximum slat spacing are all crucial computational protocols implemented into Pufferfish.

10.16.2017, Press
Trahan Architects Receive Top Honor at AIA Chicago’s 2017 Design Excellence Awards

The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention Center in Owensboro, KY, by Trahan Architects, was honored with the AIA Chicago 2017 Distinguished Building Honor Award, the highest form of recognition. The jury included Brad Cloepfil (Allied Works), Louise Braverman (Braverman Architects) and Paul Mankins (Substance Architecture). View all winners here.

In an excerpt from an article in the Chicago Tribune it was noted that “In the distinguished building category, two projects won honor awards, the highest form of recognition. They were the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention Center in Owensboro, KY, by Trahan Architects, and the Seven Oaks horse farm in St. Charles, by JAHN.”

The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention Center in Owensboro, KY, by Trahan Architects, was honored with the AIA Chicago 2017 Distinguished Building Honor Award, the highest form of recognition. The jury included Brad Cloepfil (Allied Works), Louise Braverman (Braverman Architects) and Paul Mankins (Substance Architecture). View all winners here.

In an excerpt from an article in the Chicago Tribune it was noted that “In the distinguished building category, two projects won honor awards, the highest form of recognition. They were the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention Center in Owensboro, KY, by Trahan Architects, and the Seven Oaks horse farm in St. Charles, by JAHN.”

10.04.2017, Press

As a participant in the Van Alen Institute’s International Council Fall Summit 2017, Trey Trahan will partake in a Design Charrette on Density & Civic Participation co-hosted by Van Alen Institute and Red Bull Station in Sao Paulo Brazil.

About the Institute:

At Van Alen Institute, we believe design can transform cities, landscapes, and regions to improve people’s lives.

We collaborate with communities, scholars, policymakers, and professionals on local and global initiatives that rigorously investigate the most pressing social, cultural, and ecological challenges of tomorrow.

Building on more than a century of experience, we develop cross disciplinary research, provocative public programs and inventive design competitions.

Our environments shape every aspect of our lives, though we do not yet fully understand how. We must develop a better understanding of how we are affected by them, and work hard to improve those environments for people everywhere.

Design is a crucial tool for tackling complex social, ecological, and cultural challenges. It is a tool for analysis, breaking down seemingly intractable problems into their constituent parts. Design can identify and define problems, and propose new solutions. It can communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively, allowing people to visualize a different future and the steps it will take to enable that change.

As a participant in the Van Alen Institute’s International Council Fall Summit 2017, Trey Trahan will partake in a Design Charrette on Density & Civic Participation co-hosted by Van Alen Institute and Red Bull Station in Sao Paulo Brazil.

About the Institute:

At Van Alen Institute, we believe design can transform cities, landscapes, and regions to improve people’s lives.

We collaborate with communities, scholars, policymakers, and professionals on local and global initiatives that rigorously investigate the most pressing social, cultural, and ecological challenges of tomorrow.

Building on more than a century of experience, we develop cross disciplinary research, provocative public programs and inventive design competitions.

Our environments shape every aspect of our lives, though we do not yet fully understand how. We must develop a better understanding of how we are affected by them, and work hard to improve those environments for people everywhere.

Design is a crucial tool for tackling complex social, ecological, and cultural challenges. It is a tool for analysis, breaking down seemingly intractable problems into their constituent parts. Design can identify and define problems, and propose new solutions. It can communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively, allowing people to visualize a different future and the steps it will take to enable that change.

09.22.2017, Press

Trey Trahan has been invited to be on the Perkins + Will DLC Jury for their annual competition. Trey is joined on the jury with Thomas Phifer of Thomas Phifer & Partners, Debra Lehman Smith of studio LSM, Casey Jones of jones | kroloff, Turan Duda of Duda | Paine Architects, Robin Abrams, Head of the North Carolina State University School of Architecture, and Tallman Trask, Executive Vice President of Duke University.

This year’s competition is titled “Excess in the City: The Challenges of Prosperity” and focuses on an urban site in Durham, North Carolina.

Every year, for 15 years, the Design Leadership Council (DLC) at Perkins+Will supports a competition eliciting the engagement of its less senior professionals within the organization to take part in a design charrette in the hope of eliciting responses to provocative design challenges.

The DLC is an inter-office representative body that is charged with furthering the state of the art and technology of comprehensive design excellence at Perkins+Will. As a highly engaged, interdisciplinary group of thought and design leaders, the DLC serves to ensure the continuity and advancement of Perkins+Will’s exemplary design culture and our internationally recognized reputation for design leadership.

The DLC achieves these goals through a series of initiatives and ongoing activities established to raise the level of firm-wide discourse and performance with regards to innovation, creativity, technology, fulfillment of social and environmental responsibilities, and integrated design practice.

The DLC provides a framework for the periodic review, evaluation and recognition of the professional design achievements of the practice, offices, teams and individuals. It sponsors design awards programs, an annual internal design competition, as well as internal peer reviews, workshops, and evaluations of selected high profile projects which may significantly impact Perkins+Will’s reputation for design excellence. The DLC also provides a venue for the identification and discussion of current and future design opportunities and challenges.

For more information on the competition, please read more here.

Trey Trahan has been invited to be on the Perkins + Will DLC Jury for their annual competition. Trey is joined on the jury with Thomas Phifer of Thomas Phifer & Partners, Debra Lehman Smith of studio LSM, Casey Jones of jones | kroloff, Turan Duda of Duda | Paine Architects, Robin Abrams, Head of the North Carolina State University School of Architecture, and Tallman Trask, Executive Vice President of Duke University.

This year’s competition is titled “Excess in the City: The Challenges of Prosperity” and focuses on an urban site in Durham, North Carolina.

Every year, for 15 years, the Design Leadership Council (DLC) at Perkins+Will supports a competition eliciting the engagement of its less senior professionals within the organization to take part in a design charrette in the hope of eliciting responses to provocative design challenges.

The DLC is an inter-office representative body that is charged with furthering the state of the art and technology of comprehensive design excellence at Perkins+Will. As a highly engaged, interdisciplinary group of thought and design leaders, the DLC serves to ensure the continuity and advancement of Perkins+Will’s exemplary design culture and our internationally recognized reputation for design leadership.

The DLC achieves these goals through a series of initiatives and ongoing activities established to raise the level of firm-wide discourse and performance with regards to innovation, creativity, technology, fulfillment of social and environmental responsibilities, and integrated design practice.

The DLC provides a framework for the periodic review, evaluation and recognition of the professional design achievements of the practice, offices, teams and individuals. It sponsors design awards programs, an annual internal design competition, as well as internal peer reviews, workshops, and evaluations of selected high profile projects which may significantly impact Perkins+Will’s reputation for design excellence. The DLC also provides a venue for the identification and discussion of current and future design opportunities and challenges.

For more information on the competition, please read more here.

09.12.2017, Press
Trahan Architects win three 2017 AIA Louisiana Merit Awards

Trahan Architects was honored to receive three AIA Louisiana Awards at the 2017 Design Conference last week.  Both College Station Boutique Hotel and the Aurora Event Center received Merit Awards in Unbuilt Architecture. Magnolia Mound Vistors Center was recognized with a Merit Award in Architecture.

The Louisiana Chapter of the American Institute of Architects seeks to encourage excellence in architecture. With over 50 entries, the projects submitted covered a broad range of projects, both real and conceptual. At the Awards luncheon, Jury Chair Jamie Aycock, AIA, GAstudio, Bessemer, AL, will present the opinions and thoughts of the jurors in their selection of this year’s outstanding examples of architecture.

This event would not be complete without the presentation of the Louisiana Architectural Foundation’s Patron of Architecture Award, the President’s Award and the Emerging Professional Achievement Award.

Trahan Architects was honored to receive three AIA Louisiana Awards at the 2017 Design Conference last week.  Both College Station Boutique Hotel and the Aurora Event Center received Merit Awards in Unbuilt Architecture. Magnolia Mound Vistors Center was recognized with a Merit Award in Architecture.

The Louisiana Chapter of the American Institute of Architects seeks to encourage excellence in architecture. With over 50 entries, the projects submitted covered a broad range of projects, both real and conceptual. At the Awards luncheon, Jury Chair Jamie Aycock, AIA, GAstudio, Bessemer, AL, will present the opinions and thoughts of the jurors in their selection of this year’s outstanding examples of architecture.

This event would not be complete without the presentation of the Louisiana Architectural Foundation’s Patron of Architecture Award, the President’s Award and the Emerging Professional Achievement Award.

09.07.2017, Press

The Fundo Tic Toc project has just won an Honor Award in Analysis and Planning at the ASLA Awards 2017 (American Society of Landscape Architects).

Our founder, Trey Trahan, has been working with Reed Hilderbrand landscape architects to restore and return Fundo Tic Toc to its pristine, natural state. Tucked into Chile’s remote Patagonian fjords, the project area is a 570-acre promontory within Chile’s 750,000-acre Parque Nacional Corcovado. The site overlooks Tic-Toc Marine Park, one of the most bio-diverse and productive marine ecosystems on Earth. The goal of this project was to create a low-intervention plan to restore and protect the site.

Congratulations to everyone at Reed Hilderbrand for this great honor!

The Fundo Tic Toc project has just won an Honor Award in Analysis and Planning at the ASLA Awards 2017 (American Society of Landscape Architects).

Our founder, Trey Trahan, has been working with Reed Hilderbrand landscape architects to restore and return Fundo Tic Toc to its pristine, natural state. Tucked into Chile’s remote Patagonian fjords, the project area is a 570-acre promontory within Chile’s 750,000-acre Parque Nacional Corcovado. The site overlooks Tic-Toc Marine Park, one of the most bio-diverse and productive marine ecosystems on Earth. The goal of this project was to create a low-intervention plan to restore and protect the site.

Congratulations to everyone at Reed Hilderbrand for this great honor!

08.21.2017, Press

Curbed Atlanta features the Alliance Theatre’s metamorphosis in progress:

The Alliance Theatre has hosted countless shows and other cultural events in its half-century on Peachtree Street in Midtown, but nothing compares to the drama of destruction currently playing out in the space.

Instagram photos posted by an account likely belonging to Victor W. Smith, the director of production for the Alliance, highlight the demolition within the Woodruff Arts Center.

The work is clearing the way for a transformational renovation to give new life to the 1960s-era venue.

Plans for the eye-popping renovation bubbled up nearly two years ago. Since, more details have been revealed about the sinuous new wood interior that was designed by New Orleans-based firm Trahan Architects.

A $38-million grant, secured back in 2014, jump-started the process of what will ultimately be a $110-million initiative to include the theater renovation, new learning spaces, pre-performance spaces, and more inviting public spaces for visitors, as well as endowments and funding for an array of programs.

The Alliance Theatre, founded in 1968, is a Tony award-winning regional theatre located within the celebrated Woodruff Arts Center campus. The initial phase of work focuses on the chamber, its lobby and artistic support facilities which will be gutted to the original concrete enclosing walls. The transformation pulls the 650 seat chamber 10’ closer to stage. The planning of the chamber optimizes site lines, utilizes ramping in lieu of lifts and integrates stairs to provide access to all levels. Each surface is tuned acoustically to deliver world class theatre to its patrons.

The design team felt a responsibility to remove the separation between balcony and orchestra – challenging historic notions of segregation and discrimination. All seating zones can be accessed from every entrance within the chamber – a unifying planning feature of the Alliance Theatre Transformation.

Curbed Atlanta features the Alliance Theatre’s metamorphosis in progress:

The Alliance Theatre has hosted countless shows and other cultural events in its half-century on Peachtree Street in Midtown, but nothing compares to the drama of destruction currently playing out in the space.

Instagram photos posted by an account likely belonging to Victor W. Smith, the director of production for the Alliance, highlight the demolition within the Woodruff Arts Center.

The work is clearing the way for a transformational renovation to give new life to the 1960s-era venue.

Plans for the eye-popping renovation bubbled up nearly two years ago. Since, more details have been revealed about the sinuous new wood interior that was designed by New Orleans-based firm Trahan Architects.

A $38-million grant, secured back in 2014, jump-started the process of what will ultimately be a $110-million initiative to include the theater renovation, new learning spaces, pre-performance spaces, and more inviting public spaces for visitors, as well as endowments and funding for an array of programs.

The Alliance Theatre, founded in 1968, is a Tony award-winning regional theatre located within the celebrated Woodruff Arts Center campus. The initial phase of work focuses on the chamber, its lobby and artistic support facilities which will be gutted to the original concrete enclosing walls. The transformation pulls the 650 seat chamber 10’ closer to stage. The planning of the chamber optimizes site lines, utilizes ramping in lieu of lifts and integrates stairs to provide access to all levels. Each surface is tuned acoustically to deliver world class theatre to its patrons.

The design team felt a responsibility to remove the separation between balcony and orchestra – challenging historic notions of segregation and discrimination. All seating zones can be accessed from every entrance within the chamber – a unifying planning feature of the Alliance Theatre Transformation.

07.27.2017, Press

Please join the, NOAF,  New Orleans Architecture Foundation on Tuesday, August 1st, to hear from local architect, Trey Trahan, FAIA on his practice, design process and philosophy, and the unique challenges and opportunities of practicing architecture in New Orleans.

Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, III, FAIA, is Founder and CEO of Trahan Architects. Driven by a strong personal belief in conservation and philanthropy, his life work is guided by a commitment to the development of sustainable environments.

The firm’s portfolio demonstrates a wide range of building types and scales, including academic, cultural, ecclesiastic, residential, commercial, mixed-use and urban projects throughout the US and overseas. The firm has won over 75 national, regional, and local awards along with several international design competitions, receiving widespread recognition for their innovative use of materials. The firm’s work has been published in more than 40 countries.

Please join the, NOAF,  New Orleans Architecture Foundation on Tuesday, August 1st, to hear from local architect, Trey Trahan, FAIA on his practice, design process and philosophy, and the unique challenges and opportunities of practicing architecture in New Orleans.

Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, III, FAIA, is Founder and CEO of Trahan Architects. Driven by a strong personal belief in conservation and philanthropy, his life work is guided by a commitment to the development of sustainable environments.

The firm’s portfolio demonstrates a wide range of building types and scales, including academic, cultural, ecclesiastic, residential, commercial, mixed-use and urban projects throughout the US and overseas. The firm has won over 75 national, regional, and local awards along with several international design competitions, receiving widespread recognition for their innovative use of materials. The firm’s work has been published in more than 40 countries.

07.10.2017, Press

Atlanta’s largest nonprofit theatre, the Alliance Theatre has spent nearly half a century in a “facility that predated our organization identity,” as they put it politely. Slighlty more bluntly: Though its facility, built in 1968 on the campus of what is now called the Woodruff Arts Center, was never racially segregated, some aspects of its construction—particularly a balcony served by an independent staircase—reflected a Southern legacy that feels “misaligned” with its current values, as the Alliance words it, invoking Martin Luther King Jr.’s “mandate of the beloved community” as a guiding principle of its current rebuilding, to be completed by next season. Meanwhile, the Alliance is starting an ambitious itinerant season all around Atlanta.

Trahan Architects led the team, with consulting by Theatre Projects, structural engineering by Uzun+Case, MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) engineering by DLB Associates, and acoustics by Talaske Group.

A terraced auditorium with a proscenium opening will seat 650. The renovation also includes a costume shop, two rehearsal halls, a green room, two “actor quiet” rooms, 10 dressing rooms accommodating a total of 60 performers, stage management and production offices, electrical and sound shop, a properties kitchen, and production storage.

“It never felt like the right choice to simply produce the off-campus season in a single venue, or even in two venues that might approximate our two theatres,” says Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth. Her reasoning: “For 48 years, metro Atlanta has supported us by making the trip to our front door. It seemed like we had the opportunity to return the favor, and to do so in a way that celebrated the best of Atlanta by taking our work to a slate of cultural venues across our city.” If it works as planned, she adds, “We’ll be both taking our loyal supporters on a curated trip around their city and meeting new audiences that we can hopefully bring home with us in the years ahead.”

So the Alliance’s 2017-18 season promises to cover every corner of ATL, from the Fulton County Southwest Arts Center and Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center on the city’s Southside, to the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on the Northside, and all points in between: Actor’s Express, Spelman College, Dad’s Garage, Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta History Center, the Galloway School, and the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University.

In addition to off-site productions, the Alliance education department will embed itself in the communities they’re partnering with by offering acting classes, summer camps, and in-school residencies at select satellite locations.

Read full article here.

Atlanta’s largest nonprofit theatre, the Alliance Theatre has spent nearly half a century in a “facility that predated our organization identity,” as they put it politely. Slighlty more bluntly: Though its facility, built in 1968 on the campus of what is now called the Woodruff Arts Center, was never racially segregated, some aspects of its construction—particularly a balcony served by an independent staircase—reflected a Southern legacy that feels “misaligned” with its current values, as the Alliance words it, invoking Martin Luther King Jr.’s “mandate of the beloved community” as a guiding principle of its current rebuilding, to be completed by next season. Meanwhile, the Alliance is starting an ambitious itinerant season all around Atlanta.

Trahan Architects led the team, with consulting by Theatre Projects, structural engineering by Uzun+Case, MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) engineering by DLB Associates, and acoustics by Talaske Group.

A terraced auditorium with a proscenium opening will seat 650. The renovation also includes a costume shop, two rehearsal halls, a green room, two “actor quiet” rooms, 10 dressing rooms accommodating a total of 60 performers, stage management and production offices, electrical and sound shop, a properties kitchen, and production storage.

“It never felt like the right choice to simply produce the off-campus season in a single venue, or even in two venues that might approximate our two theatres,” says Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth. Her reasoning: “For 48 years, metro Atlanta has supported us by making the trip to our front door. It seemed like we had the opportunity to return the favor, and to do so in a way that celebrated the best of Atlanta by taking our work to a slate of cultural venues across our city.” If it works as planned, she adds, “We’ll be both taking our loyal supporters on a curated trip around their city and meeting new audiences that we can hopefully bring home with us in the years ahead.”

So the Alliance’s 2017-18 season promises to cover every corner of ATL, from the Fulton County Southwest Arts Center and Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center on the city’s Southside, to the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on the Northside, and all points in between: Actor’s Express, Spelman College, Dad’s Garage, Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta History Center, the Galloway School, and the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University.

In addition to off-site productions, the Alliance education department will embed itself in the communities they’re partnering with by offering acting classes, summer camps, and in-school residencies at select satellite locations.

Read full article here.

07.05.2017, Press

On Friday, July 7, Trey Trahan will be chairing the 2017 AIA Arkansas Design Awards jury.

In order to encourage excellence in architecture, the Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects announces its annual Design Awards Program. Through this program AIA Arkansas seeks to honor works of distinction by its members and bring public attention to outstanding examples of Architecture.

The categories were simplified in 2008 to Built and Un-built Categories. Projects will be judged against the jurors’ standard of great design, not against other projects in the category.  Jury guidelines and rules for the program, including the Un-built Category, will be strictly enforced.

On Friday, July 7, Trey Trahan will be chairing the 2017 AIA Arkansas Design Awards jury.

In order to encourage excellence in architecture, the Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects announces its annual Design Awards Program. Through this program AIA Arkansas seeks to honor works of distinction by its members and bring public attention to outstanding examples of Architecture.

The categories were simplified in 2008 to Built and Un-built Categories. Projects will be judged against the jurors’ standard of great design, not against other projects in the category.  Jury guidelines and rules for the program, including the Un-built Category, will be strictly enforced.

06.01.2017, Press

The Aurora Event Center project has been featured on Design BoomBustler and AASA.

Trahan Architects unveiled their design plans for the new Aurora Event Center in Aurora, New York. Located on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region, the Aurora Event Center will be a 45,000 square-foot event space that can host weddings and events for up to 250 guests year-round. Working alongside Reed Hilderbrand landscape architects on the scheme, Trahan Architects focused on creating a strong connection with the lake and framing its picturesque views.

“The sequence of experiences takes visitors on a meandering drive through the woodlands as they approach the building’s eastern wall that appears like a ruin in the landscape.”

“In the main event space, the western glass wall frames views of the lake in both the ceremony and reception halls and ultimately reveals the full horizon of the landscape and the lake beyond.

The 45,000 SF building is purposefully designed to minimize its impact on the site and to maintain a seamless integration with the surrounding landscape while providing protection from inclement weather.”

“Only after going through the entry procession can one realize that the building is cut into the hill. Taller on the west side than initially perceived on the east, the rustic board-formed concrete wall retains the earth to carve out space into the hill for the pavilion and terraces.”

The Aurora Event Center project has been featured on Design BoomBustler and AASA.

Trahan Architects unveiled their design plans for the new Aurora Event Center in Aurora, New York. Located on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region, the Aurora Event Center will be a 45,000 square-foot event space that can host weddings and events for up to 250 guests year-round. Working alongside Reed Hilderbrand landscape architects on the scheme, Trahan Architects focused on creating a strong connection with the lake and framing its picturesque views.

“The sequence of experiences takes visitors on a meandering drive through the woodlands as they approach the building’s eastern wall that appears like a ruin in the landscape.”

“In the main event space, the western glass wall frames views of the lake in both the ceremony and reception halls and ultimately reveals the full horizon of the landscape and the lake beyond.

The 45,000 SF building is purposefully designed to minimize its impact on the site and to maintain a seamless integration with the surrounding landscape while providing protection from inclement weather.”

“Only after going through the entry procession can one realize that the building is cut into the hill. Taller on the west side than initially perceived on the east, the rustic board-formed concrete wall retains the earth to carve out space into the hill for the pavilion and terraces.”

05.31.2017, Press

Trahan Architects, in collaboration with Gensler, has been chosen for a new Master Plan for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Gensler was chosen over four leading architectural firms – HKS of Dallas, HOK of St. Louis, and HNTB and Populous of Kansas City – by a selection committee that included representatives from the Saints, LSED and SMG. Architects from each group made presentations to the committee during the first week of May.

Gensler was chosen, in part, because of its experience in major renovations of existing stadiums like Rogers Centre in Toronto, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and Camp Nou in Barcelona.

Through surveys of fans and employees, Saints officials have supplied to Gensler a wish list of priorities for the renovation with an emphasis on enhancing the in-game experience at the stadium.

Read more on the story on NOLA.com

Trahan Architects, in collaboration with Gensler, has been chosen for a new Master Plan for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Gensler was chosen over four leading architectural firms – HKS of Dallas, HOK of St. Louis, and HNTB and Populous of Kansas City – by a selection committee that included representatives from the Saints, LSED and SMG. Architects from each group made presentations to the committee during the first week of May.

Gensler was chosen, in part, because of its experience in major renovations of existing stadiums like Rogers Centre in Toronto, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and Camp Nou in Barcelona.

Through surveys of fans and employees, Saints officials have supplied to Gensler a wish list of priorities for the renovation with an emphasis on enhancing the in-game experience at the stadium.

Read more on the story on NOLA.com

05.04.2017, Press
Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame wins 2017 AIA Gulf States Honor Award

Trahan Architects is grateful to be recognized by the 2017 AIA New Orleans Design Awards. Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame received the Honor Award, the highest honor of the evening.

Architects from the Gulf States Region of the American Institute of Architects gathered in Orlando on April 28 to celebrate the 2017 Honor Awards program.  Twenty-eight projects were recognized for their bold choices in color and materials, dramatic transformations, restrained design moves, and overall design excellence.  Respected jury members chose these projects from those entered by architects practicing in the Gulf States region. The Honor Awards program identifies built works of distinction, and strives to promote the excellent work by architects from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Trahan Architects is grateful to be recognized by the 2017 AIA New Orleans Design Awards. Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame received the Honor Award, the highest honor of the evening.

Architects from the Gulf States Region of the American Institute of Architects gathered in Orlando on April 28 to celebrate the 2017 Honor Awards program.  Twenty-eight projects were recognized for their bold choices in color and materials, dramatic transformations, restrained design moves, and overall design excellence.  Respected jury members chose these projects from those entered by architects practicing in the Gulf States region. The Honor Awards program identifies built works of distinction, and strives to promote the excellent work by architects from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

An accomplished group of design professionals, led by Paul Woolford, AIA, Design Director for HOK’s San Francisco office, juried the projects.  Jury members included Niraj Dangoria, Associate Dean, Stanford School of Medicine; David Baker, FAIA, President, David Baker Architects; Lydia Tan, Senior Vice President of Bentall Kennedy Development; and Elizabeth Ranieri, FAIA, Principal, Kuth Ranieri Architects.  Philip E. Black, AIA, of Simonton, Swaika, Black Architects in Birmingham acted as Program Chair,

Together, they reviewed and selected the following 28 projects for recognition from the 144 entered in the program.

Jury comments regarding Trahan’s winning design included:

  • “The jury felt that this project is an exemplary design that speaks in a fresh and original voice. It bears no resemblance to anything else, it is truly one of a kind.”
  • “What resonates about the project is the extreme duality of the program and the formal architecture of the design solution. A fearlessly reductive outer shell is sheathed in a veil of taught louvers. This Spartan ensemble contains an orifice that channels the visitor to a meandering and mysterious series of processional paths and galleries. They are rendered in an organic spatial language that feels like the internal organs of some great mythic creature.”
  • “The project is truly a fantastical adventure; one that the jury welcomed being taken along for the journey.”
04.05.2017, Press

Victor F. “Trey” Trahan III, founder and CEO of Trahan Architects, will presents a LSU College of Art + Design Lecture Series for Distinguished Alumni titled, “Nurse Log,” at the LSU College of Art & Design at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in the LSU Design Building Auditorium (room 103).

Driven by a strong personal belief in conservation and philanthropy, his life work is guided by a commitment to the development of sustainable environments.

The firm’s portfolio demonstrates a wide range of building types and scales, including academic, cultural, ecclesiastic, residential, commercial, mixed-use and urban projects throughout the US and overseas. The firm has won over 75 national, regional, and local awards along with several international design competitions, receiving widespread recognition for their innovative use of materials. The firm’s work has been published in more than 40 countries.

Victor F. “Trey” Trahan III, founder and CEO of Trahan Architects, will presents a LSU College of Art + Design Lecture Series for Distinguished Alumni titled, “Nurse Log,” at the LSU College of Art & Design at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in the LSU Design Building Auditorium (room 103).

Driven by a strong personal belief in conservation and philanthropy, his life work is guided by a commitment to the development of sustainable environments.

The firm’s portfolio demonstrates a wide range of building types and scales, including academic, cultural, ecclesiastic, residential, commercial, mixed-use and urban projects throughout the US and overseas. The firm has won over 75 national, regional, and local awards along with several international design competitions, receiving widespread recognition for their innovative use of materials. The firm’s work has been published in more than 40 countries.

03.24.2017, Press

Trahan Architects is grateful to be recognized by the 2017 AIA New Orleans Design Awards. Magnolia Mound Visitors Center received the Honor Award, the highest honor of the evening. The Alliance Theatre Transformation and the College Station Boutique Hotel each received an Honorable Mention for Unbuilt Architecture.

Each year the New Orleans awards program accomplishes three simple, yet invaluable, goals: celebrate the best of this region’s architecture; recognize achievement in a broad range of architectural work; and inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice.

The Design Awards would not have been possible without the generous support of our community of partners and sponsors (Landis Construction, Core Construction, AOS, Lettermans, TLC Engineering, Broadmoor, Workplace Solutions, Horizon Italian Tile and many other firms and partners)!

Magnolia Mound Visitors Center wins Honor Award

 

Trahan Architects is grateful to be recognized by the 2017 AIA New Orleans Design Awards. Magnolia Mound Visitors Center received the Honor Award, the highest honor of the evening. The Alliance Theatre Transformation and the College Station Boutique Hotel each received an Honorable Mention for Unbuilt Architecture.

Each year the New Orleans awards program accomplishes three simple, yet invaluable, goals: celebrate the best of this region’s architecture; recognize achievement in a broad range of architectural work; and inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice.

The Design Awards would not have been possible without the generous support of our community of partners and sponsors (Landis Construction, Core Construction, AOS, Lettermans, TLC Engineering, Broadmoor, Workplace Solutions, Horizon Italian Tile and many other firms and partners)!

Magnolia Mound Visitors Center wins Honor Award

 

03.16.2017, Press

Trey Trahan, FAIA will give a lecture as part of the Masters of a Generation Series, a series of talks presented by Jonathan Segal FAIA and Jonny Cars. The talk will take place on March 17, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 Pacific Time in San Diego, CA. To purchase tickets click here. 

Masters of a Generation was founded by Jonathan Segal FAIA to educate and raise awareness about the varying processes and approaches to creating works of architecture, and to advance the appreciation of multi-generational information exchange.

In welcoming these Masters who have made lasting contributions to our culture, society and built environment, we recognize and pay tribute to their ongoing legacies as we learn more about their defining moments and the paths leading up to them. We do so in hopes that this invaluable information is carried on through future generations and provides the means necessary to negotiate the inevitable challenges and failures and feasible successes encountered on the road to becoming a Master.

Masters of a Generation is a program of Adjoin, Inc. a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (application pending). 100% of net proceeds from this program will benefit Labrador relief and rescue organizations throughout San Diego County and Baja, California.

Trey Trahan, FAIA will give a lecture as part of the Masters of a Generation Series, a series of talks presented by Jonathan Segal FAIA and Jonny Cars. The talk will take place on March 17, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 Pacific Time in San Diego, CA. To purchase tickets click here. 

Masters of a Generation was founded by Jonathan Segal FAIA to educate and raise awareness about the varying processes and approaches to creating works of architecture, and to advance the appreciation of multi-generational information exchange.

In welcoming these Masters who have made lasting contributions to our culture, society and built environment, we recognize and pay tribute to their ongoing legacies as we learn more about their defining moments and the paths leading up to them. We do so in hopes that this invaluable information is carried on through future generations and provides the means necessary to negotiate the inevitable challenges and failures and feasible successes encountered on the road to becoming a Master.

Masters of a Generation is a program of Adjoin, Inc. a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (application pending). 100% of net proceeds from this program will benefit Labrador relief and rescue organizations throughout San Diego County and Baja, California.

03.08.2017, Press

The Woodruff Arts Center’s Alliance Theatre Phase 1 nears completion. Construction is underway renovating the existing 3rd and 4th floor of the Alliance Theatre support spaces. The new costume shop facility will be crowned with refurbished skylights and thoughtful storage. When completed, the rehearsal hall will feature new clerestory glazing and an elegant sound and light control ceiling.

The Alliance Theatre has hosted countless shows and other cultural events in its half-century on Peachtree Street in Midtown, but nothing compares to the drama of destruction currently playing out in the space.

Instagram photos posted by an account likely belonging to Victor W. Smith, the director of production for the Alliance, highlight the demolition within the Woodruff Arts Center.

The work is clearing the way for a transformational renovation to give new life to the 1960s-era venue.

Plans for the eye-popping renovation bubbled up nearly two years ago. Since, more details have been revealed about the sinuous new wood interior.

A $38-million grant, secured back in 2014, jump-started the process of what will ultimately be a $110-million initiative to include the theater renovation, new learning spaces, pre-performance spaces, and more inviting public spaces for visitors, as well as endowments and funding for an array of programs.

The Woodruff Arts Center’s Alliance Theatre Phase 1 nears completion. Construction is underway renovating the existing 3rd and 4th floor of the Alliance Theatre support spaces. The new costume shop facility will be crowned with refurbished skylights and thoughtful storage. When completed, the rehearsal hall will feature new clerestory glazing and an elegant sound and light control ceiling.

The Alliance Theatre has hosted countless shows and other cultural events in its half-century on Peachtree Street in Midtown, but nothing compares to the drama of destruction currently playing out in the space.

Instagram photos posted by an account likely belonging to Victor W. Smith, the director of production for the Alliance, highlight the demolition within the Woodruff Arts Center.

The work is clearing the way for a transformational renovation to give new life to the 1960s-era venue.

Plans for the eye-popping renovation bubbled up nearly two years ago. Since, more details have been revealed about the sinuous new wood interior.

A $38-million grant, secured back in 2014, jump-started the process of what will ultimately be a $110-million initiative to include the theater renovation, new learning spaces, pre-performance spaces, and more inviting public spaces for visitors, as well as endowments and funding for an array of programs.

02.15.2017, Careers

Brad McWhirter, who has been with Trahan Architects’ New Orleans office for 15 years, has been named Partner with the firm. We congratulate Brad on this well deserved promotion and thank him for the many contributions he has made to our firm!

A New Orleans native, Brad left the Crescent City to study architecture at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Graduating in 2002, he joined Trahan Architects as an intern and through the years quickly grew into a managerial role, becoming a Partner in 2017. Growing up with a father who worked in the machining and fabrication industry, Brad has a keen interest in precision — developing a trained eye for detail at a very young age. He is passionate about process and execution, and takes pride in ensuring that the end product meets and exceeds the conceptualized design.

Brad’s expertise includes a wide range of building typologies and scales of projects, designing and executing numerous sports venues, cultural spaces, event centers, hospitality spaces and office buildings to name a few. He oversaw the rebuilding of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome following its devastation by Hurricane Katrina, a $230 million dollar renovation which was designed and constructed in just 9 months, as well as the award winning Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame, widely praised for its low construction cost relative to the complexity of the architecture and materiality.

Brad McWhirter, who has been with Trahan Architects’ New Orleans office for 15 years, has been named Partner with the firm. We congratulate Brad on this well deserved promotion and thank him for the many contributions he has made to our firm!

A New Orleans native, Brad left the Crescent City to study architecture at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Graduating in 2002, he joined Trahan Architects as an intern and through the years quickly grew into a managerial role, becoming a Partner in 2017. Growing up with a father who worked in the machining and fabrication industry, Brad has a keen interest in precision — developing a trained eye for detail at a very young age. He is passionate about process and execution, and takes pride in ensuring that the end product meets and exceeds the conceptualized design.

Brad’s expertise includes a wide range of building typologies and scales of projects, designing and executing numerous sports venues, cultural spaces, event centers, hospitality spaces and office buildings to name a few. He oversaw the rebuilding of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome following its devastation by Hurricane Katrina, a $230 million dollar renovation which was designed and constructed in just 9 months, as well as the award winning Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame, widely praised for its low construction cost relative to the complexity of the architecture and materiality.

01.09.2017, Press
Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame featured in Integrating Innovation in Architecture

The Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame will be featured in the new book titled Integrating Innovation in Architecture: Design, Methods and Technology for Progressive Practice and Research.

The book, published by John Wiley & Sons, is set to be released on March 20, 2017.

Synopsis:

Today’s design professionals are faced with challenges on all fronts. They need not only to keep in step with rapid technological changes and the current revolution in design and construction processes, but to lead the industry. This means actively seeking to innovate through design research, raising the bar in building performance and adopting advanced technologies in their practice. In a constant drive to improve design processes and services, how is it possible to implement innovations? And, moreover, to assimilate them in such a way that design, methods and technologies remain fully integrated?

Focusing on innovations in architecture, this book covers new materials and design methods, advances in computational design practices, innovations in building technologies and construction techniques, and the integration of research with design. Moreover, it discusses strategies for integrating innovation into design practices, risks and economic impacts. Through numerous case studies, it illustrates how innovations have been implemented on actual architectural projects, and how design and technical innovations are used to improve building performance, as well as design practices in cutting-edge architectural and engineering firms.

Projects of all scales and building types are discussed in the book, ranging from small-scale installations, academic and commercial buildings to large-scale mixed-use, healthcare, civic, academic, scientific research and sports facilities. Work from design firms around the globe and of various scales is discussed in the book, including for example Asymptote Architecture, cepezed, CO Architects, Consarc Architects, FAAB Architektura, Gerber Architekten, HOK, IDOM-ACXT, MAD Architects, Morphosis Architects, SDA | Synthesis Design + Architecture, Studiotrope, Perkins+Will, Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés, Snøhetta, Rob Ley Studio, Trahan Architects, UNStudio and Zaha Hadid Architects, among many others.

The Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame will be featured in the new book titled Integrating Innovation in Architecture: Design, Methods and Technology for Progressive Practice and Research.

The book, published by John Wiley & Sons, is set to be released on March 20, 2017.

Synopsis:

Today’s design professionals are faced with challenges on all fronts. They need not only to keep in step with rapid technological changes and the current revolution in design and construction processes, but to lead the industry. This means actively seeking to innovate through design research, raising the bar in building performance and adopting advanced technologies in their practice. In a constant drive to improve design processes and services, how is it possible to implement innovations? And, moreover, to assimilate them in such a way that design, methods and technologies remain fully integrated?

Focusing on innovations in architecture, this book covers new materials and design methods, advances in computational design practices, innovations in building technologies and construction techniques, and the integration of research with design. Moreover, it discusses strategies for integrating innovation into design practices, risks and economic impacts. Through numerous case studies, it illustrates how innovations have been implemented on actual architectural projects, and how design and technical innovations are used to improve building performance, as well as design practices in cutting-edge architectural and engineering firms.

Projects of all scales and building types are discussed in the book, ranging from small-scale installations, academic and commercial buildings to large-scale mixed-use, healthcare, civic, academic, scientific research and sports facilities. Work from design firms around the globe and of various scales is discussed in the book, including for example Asymptote Architecture, cepezed, CO Architects, Consarc Architects, FAAB Architektura, Gerber Architekten, HOK, IDOM-ACXT, MAD Architects, Morphosis Architects, SDA | Synthesis Design + Architecture, Studiotrope, Perkins+Will, Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés, Snøhetta, Rob Ley Studio, Trahan Architects, UNStudio and Zaha Hadid Architects, among many others.

10.13.2016, Press

The Owensboro-Daviess Convention Center ArchDaily feature highlights the project’s cultural and contextual importance.

Owensboro is the county seat of Daviess County in north-central Kentucky. Originally part of Shawnee territory, settlers first arrived there in the 1700s. The city played an important role in the Civil War era and served as a key river port that continues to this day. The city’s environs also gave birth to the Bluegrass sound in American music, starting in the 1930s and 1940s. Numerous festivals are held in the downtown area, including the National Barbecue Festival and many national and regional amateur sports competitions.

The site of the new Owensboro-Daviess County Convention Center on the Ohio River bank was previously occupied by the Executive Inn which accommodated performances by many of the most popular singers of its era. To serve this wide range of activities, programs and events, as well as to provide an important economic development tool, the city undertook the development of a new convention center which includes over 40,000 ft² of exhibition space, nearly 30,000 ft² of meeting space and extensive public lobbies, as well as service and support facilities.

Organized on two levels with the halls at grade and the meeting and banquet facilities above, the complex acts as a beacon on the River, signaling the extraordinary ambitions of this community. The exhibition halls and meeting facilities are distinguished by views out to the River while the lobbies overlook the historic downtown.

The Owensboro-Daviess Convention Center ArchDaily feature highlights the project’s cultural and contextual importance.

Owensboro is the county seat of Daviess County in north-central Kentucky. Originally part of Shawnee territory, settlers first arrived there in the 1700s. The city played an important role in the Civil War era and served as a key river port that continues to this day. The city’s environs also gave birth to the Bluegrass sound in American music, starting in the 1930s and 1940s. Numerous festivals are held in the downtown area, including the National Barbecue Festival and many national and regional amateur sports competitions.

The site of the new Owensboro-Daviess County Convention Center on the Ohio River bank was previously occupied by the Executive Inn which accommodated performances by many of the most popular singers of its era. To serve this wide range of activities, programs and events, as well as to provide an important economic development tool, the city undertook the development of a new convention center which includes over 40,000 ft² of exhibition space, nearly 30,000 ft² of meeting space and extensive public lobbies, as well as service and support facilities.

Organized on two levels with the halls at grade and the meeting and banquet facilities above, the complex acts as a beacon on the River, signaling the extraordinary ambitions of this community. The exhibition halls and meeting facilities are distinguished by views out to the River while the lobbies overlook the historic downtown.

09.15.2016, Press

Trey Trahan presents his lecture titled “Nursing Log: Snapshots of an Evolving Practice” at the 2016 AIA Omaha Lecture Series.

Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, III, FAIA, is Founder and CEO of Trahan Architects. Driven by a strong personal belief in conservation and philanthropy, his life work is guided by a commitment to the development of sustainable environments.

The firm’s portfolio demonstrates a wide range of building types and scales, including academic, cultural, ecclesiastic, residential, commercial, mixed-use and urban projects throughout the US and overseas. The firm has won over 75 national, regional, and local awards along with several international design competitions, receiving widespread recognition for their innovative use of materials. The firm’s work has been published in more than 40 countries.

Watch the full lecture.

Trey Trahan presents his lecture titled “Nursing Log: Snapshots of an Evolving Practice” at the 2016 AIA Omaha Lecture Series.

Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, III, FAIA, is Founder and CEO of Trahan Architects. Driven by a strong personal belief in conservation and philanthropy, his life work is guided by a commitment to the development of sustainable environments.

The firm’s portfolio demonstrates a wide range of building types and scales, including academic, cultural, ecclesiastic, residential, commercial, mixed-use and urban projects throughout the US and overseas. The firm has won over 75 national, regional, and local awards along with several international design competitions, receiving widespread recognition for their innovative use of materials. The firm’s work has been published in more than 40 countries.

Watch the full lecture.

Alliance Theatre Stage View
06.13.2016, Press

The Alliance Theatre Transformation has been featured on ArchDaily.

Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center has tapped Trahan Architects to lead the renovation of the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre. A cornerstone member of the Woodruff Arts campus, which is also home to Richard Meier’s High Museum and museum expansions by Renzo Piano, the project will include a complete transformation of the Alliance Stage, theater rehearsal spaces, education spaces and support facilities. Selected from a competition of over 30 firms, Trahan’s design will be the first major renovation for the theatre since its construction in 1968.

Led by Trahan Architects founder Victor F. “Trey” Trahan and partner Leigh Breslau, the design of the 650-seat Alliance Theatre focuses on patron experience, fostering connectivity within the audience chamber; between performer and patron, and among the patrons themselves.

Principal Trey Trahan explains, “We should be thinking about a space that celebrates equality of each person and the diversity of Atlanta. We created a theater that responded to that elevated participation from the public.”

This is done by breaking the standard vertical threshold of a theatre – blurring the distinction between levels through sensuous wood forms and minimizing the separation between the orchestra and balcony levels. Comfortable seating linked with cascading staircases and terraces will place the audience closer to the stage, and accessible seating will be available on multiple levels, including areas in the center of the house not typically designated for wheelchair bound patrons. The result is a space that will feel intimate and inviting.

The Alliance Theatre Transformation has been featured on ArchDaily.

Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center has tapped Trahan Architects to lead the renovation of the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre. A cornerstone member of the Woodruff Arts campus, which is also home to Richard Meier’s High Museum and museum expansions by Renzo Piano, the project will include a complete transformation of the Alliance Stage, theater rehearsal spaces, education spaces and support facilities. Selected from a competition of over 30 firms, Trahan’s design will be the first major renovation for the theatre since its construction in 1968.

Led by Trahan Architects founder Victor F. “Trey” Trahan and partner Leigh Breslau, the design of the 650-seat Alliance Theatre focuses on patron experience, fostering connectivity within the audience chamber; between performer and patron, and among the patrons themselves.

Principal Trey Trahan explains, “We should be thinking about a space that celebrates equality of each person and the diversity of Atlanta. We created a theater that responded to that elevated participation from the public.”

This is done by breaking the standard vertical threshold of a theatre – blurring the distinction between levels through sensuous wood forms and minimizing the separation between the orchestra and balcony levels. Comfortable seating linked with cascading staircases and terraces will place the audience closer to the stage, and accessible seating will be available on multiple levels, including areas in the center of the house not typically designated for wheelchair bound patrons. The result is a space that will feel intimate and inviting.

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