Trahan Architects was founded in 1992 by Trey Trahan. The firm is intimate in size but broad in its scope. Bringing together a diverse talent pool around a single shared table, our company is built on open, ongoing conversation. We engage in a collective questioning of how our process and work can contribute to the health of our ecologies, cities and economies. Each member of the Trahan team is an integral part of a collaborative process that enriches our company culture and improves the quality of our work.

Ethos: Collaboration

Sarah Cancienne

She received her Master’s in Architecture from the University of Virginia following undergraduate studies in fine arts.  During graduate school she focused on parametric design and digital fabrication, and in addition to her role as a teaching assistant, she helped develop a series of parametric design courses.  She received the Design Excellence Award for her academic work at UVA, and she received the Thesis Award for her design proposal titled “Water and Whiskey on the River,” a municipal water treatment plant, distillery, and public water park along the southwestern bank of the James River in Richmond.

Following graduate school, Sarah worked in Brooklyn at a research, design and fabrication studio where she was involved with a number of high-profile international projects.  She later worked in Philadelphia at an award-winning emerging architecture firm, focusing on educational and hospitality work.

At Trahan Architects she has deepened her involvement in fabrication through the design and production of the Magnolia Mound Visitor Center display cases in collaboration with TriPyramid Structures. Other projects that she has worked on include the design of the Creole Town Homes project, the Jung Hotel Renovation, and the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau Renovation.

She continues to maintain her fine arts practice, and it anchors her architectural work with an enduring focus on materiality and form in the built environment.

Master of Architecture, University of Virginia, 2012
Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts, Louisiana State University, 2008

Designer, DIGSAU, Philadelphia PA
Designer, SITU Studio, Brooklyn NY
Designer, Dripps-Phinney Studio, Charlottesville VA
Design Intern, Kennedy Violich Architects, Boston MA
Design Intern, Waggoner and Ball Architects, New Orleans LA


The quality of our work reflects the collective commitment of a diverse and engaged team. Build your career with us.

We are always seeking talent at all levels of experience who share our values and enjoy an open and collaborative environment.
New York
We are looking for a licensed architect to directly oversee the New York office of an emerging boutique design practice with offices in New Orleans and Chicago. Responsibilities include: Establishing and implementing goals and objectives, developing and promotion of the firm’s values and long-range plans in collaboration with firm principals, positioning the firm for growth and profitability Coordinating and implementing action plans in collaboration with firm principals Day-to-day management and organization within the New York office in collaboration with senior...

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