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

Shelby Downs
Project Designer

“To borrow from Mies – I don’t want to be interesting, I want to be good.”

Shelby Downs grew up near Atlanta, Georgia and has worked at Trahan Architects since 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.  Personal interests include traveling, photography, and volunteering.

EDUCATION
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

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

Careers

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

New Orleans
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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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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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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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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The full-time Senior Designer 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 of our ecologies, cities, and economies with design solutions that are...
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Trahan Architects is a global architecture firm rooted in New Orleans. The firm is ranked as the #1 design firm in the U.S. for 2019 by Architect Magazine, the official publication of the American Institute of Architects. Our practice is founded on the belief that the mindful design of everyday spaces can elevate human experience and promote peaceful co-existence. As architects, we have a responsibility to fulfill the aspirations of our clients, and to consider the potential impact of our...
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New York
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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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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