Bringing together a diverse pool of talent around a single shared table, our company is built on open, ongoing conversation. Founded in 1992 by Trey Trahan, the firm is intimate in size but broad in its scope.  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

Shelby Downs

“Go Gators!”

Shelby Downs worked in Chicago and New York City before coming to work for Trahan Architects in 2016. She has experience working on cultural, transportation, education, commercial, office + mixed-used, health + science, hospitality, and residential projects, most notably the TR Warszawa Theatre with Thomas Phifer and Partners and All Aboard Florida with Skidmore Owings and Merrill.

Shelby earned her Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis as well as Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida, where she participated in international programs in both China and Italy. She also collaborated to win First Prize in the AC-CA International Design Competition for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Beunos Aires, Argentina. Personal interests include traveling, photography, music, hiking, volunteering, and anything including food or animals.

Master of Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis, 2011
Bachelor of Design in Architecture, University of Florida, 2008
International Program, Vicenza Istituto di Architettura, 2008
International Program, Xi’an University of Architecture & Technology, 2007

Designer, Thomas Phifer and Partners, New York NY
Designer, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, New York NY
Designer, Valerio Dewalt Train, Chicago IL


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

New Orleans
We are looking for a Project Manager to join our established design practice. This is a high-level leadership opportunity with an award-winning, collaborative practice that strives for design excellence. The Project Manager will be leading a range of project types, in collaboration with our diverse design team. We are searching for a highly driven individual who is committed to the collective questioning of how our process and work can contribute to the health of our ecologies, cities, and economies with...
We are looking for a professional, full-time Senior Designer to join our diverse team. The position offers the opportunity to engage in challenging work within an award-winning, collaborative practice in search of design excellence. The Senior Designer will be directly involved in a range of project types, exploring form and function, with a strong focus on materiality. We are searching for someone who is committed to the collective questioning of how our process and work can contribute to the health...
New York

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