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

Shelby Downs

Shelby 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


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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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