People

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

Manuela Hiches
Business Development Specialist

Manuela is passionate about understanding the experience of the individual in varying environments. She pursued her bachelor’s degree in architecture from Barnard College as a means of connecting her art passion and her interests in the spatial construct. As a student, she received the Tow Summer Research Fellowship and traveled to South Korea to research the attributes and structural layouts of traditional Korean homes and their impact on the structural decisions of modern homes in the country. This analysis helped her expand her understanding of what defines space across time periods and cultures and how that affects present architectural methods.

After Barnard, she dove deeper into the architectural process by familiarizing herself with one of architecture’s best friends: construction. In her role as Assistant Project Manager at CPM Solutions, Inc., she learned to coordinate with experts in different fields and understand the collaboration needed to bring an architect’s concept into reality.

What is her next step? Connecting more people to architecture. This is how she found herself at Trahan Architects as the Business Development Specialist.

In her spare time, Manuela enjoys drawing in her sketchbook, baking, and crocheting.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Arts, Barnard College, 2017

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
CPM Solutions, New York, NY

Careers

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

New Orleans
Trahan Architects is looking for an individual with strong vision and leadership skills to uphold, nurture and propel our firm’s image and interact with the media. The role of Communications Director is to develop our communications team and generate a forward-looking media strategy in New Orleans & New York City, with immediate availability. Reporting directly to the Partners & Managing Principal, you will be the interface between architectural project teams, the clients and their PR agencies, and media professionals. You...
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The full-time Marketing Manager position offers the opportunity to engage in challenging work within an award-winning, collaborative architecture practice in search of design excellence. The role is based in the firm’s New Orleans office. The ideal candidate will have applicable experience in an architecture or engineering firm, or related industry; a positive, can-do attitude; time management skills; and the agility to pivot from one project to the next and back again. The role manages and coordinates the firm’s marketing efforts....
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We are looking for a Project Manager to join our established and growing design practice in New Orleans. This is a high-level leadership opportunity with an award-winning, collaborative practice that strives for design excellence. The Project Manager will lead a range of project types, in collaboration with our diverse design team. We are searching for a highly motivated 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 and to explore design...
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The full-time Project Designer position offers the opportunity to engage in challenging work within an award-winning, collaborative practice in search of design excellence. The Project 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 of our ecologies, cities, and economies with design solutions that are...
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The full-time Design Architect position offers the opportunity to engage in challenging work within an award-winning, collaborative practice in search of design excellence. The Design Architect 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 of our ecologies, cities, and economies with design solutions that are...
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Trahan Architects is particularly interested in senior design and technical architects and managers who have experience with large-scale, programmatically complex projects, especially those related to cultural, educational, assembly, and mixed-use facilities in the range of $5 to $20 million or more. Senior Technical Coordinators work directly with the firm’s principals, project managers, design leaders, and team members. They are responsible for technical aspects of assigned projects, including exploration of design solutions. They are committed to reconciling the goals and priorities...
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We are looking for a professional, full-time Designer to join our diverse team. Candidates will have the opportunity to engage in challenging work within an award-winning, collaborative practice in search of design excellence. The 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 of our ecologies, cities, and economies...
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New York
Trahan Architects is looking for an individual with strong vision and leadership skills to uphold, nurture and propel our firm’s image and interact with the media. The role of Communications Director is to develop our communications team and generate a forward-looking media strategy in New Orleans & New York City, with immediate availability. Reporting directly to the Partners & Managing Principal, you will be the interface between architectural project teams, the clients and their PR agencies, and media professionals. You...
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The full-time Marketing Manager position offers the opportunity to engage in challenging work within an award-winning, collaborative architecture practice in search of design excellence. The role is based in the firm’s New York office. The ideal candidate will have applicable experience in an architecture or engineering firm, or related industry; a positive, can-do attitude; time management skills; and the agility to pivot from one project to the next and back again. The role manages and coordinates the firm’s marketing efforts....
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We are looking for a Project Manager to join our established and growing design practice in New York. This is a high-level leadership opportunity with an award-winning, collaborative practice that strives for design excellence. The Project Manager will lead a range of project types, in collaboration with our diverse design team. We are searching for a highly motivated 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 and to explore design...
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The full-time Project Designer position offers the opportunity to engage in challenging work within an award-winning, collaborative practice in search of design excellence. The Project 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 of our ecologies, cities, and economies with design solutions that are...
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The full-time Design Architect position offers the opportunity to engage in challenging work within an award-winning, collaborative practice in search of design excellence. The Design Architect 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 of our ecologies, cities, and economies with design solutions that are...
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We are looking for a professional, full-time Designer to join our diverse team. Candidates will have the opportunity to engage in challenging work within an award-winning, collaborative practice in search of design excellence. The 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 of our...
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