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

Trey Trahan
FAIA
Founder

“Architecture is beyond buildings. It’s about arriving at a place where you believe that architecture can create an attitude of kindness.”

Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, III, FAIA, is the founder and CEO of Trahan Architects, established in 1992 with a belief that bringing humility and awareness into the design process helps create authentic spaces that elevate our lives.

In both his personal and professional life, Trey is continually exploring ways to cultivate generosity and inclusiveness in our relationships with each other and with our environments. He is deeply committed to social and ecological responsibility, and his admiration for the aesthetically sublime has inspired a lifelong passion for art and nature. His approach to architecture begins with his conviction that a building can create something that goes beyond its walls—that when we build, we are shaping our landscapes, communities, and cultures. As such, he sees humanitarianism as central to his practice, and strives to consider his designs through a lens of conscience, compassion, and curative action, reaching beyond the traditional bounds of architecture to manifest the peace and justice that can lead us to a sense of interconnectivity. It is his profoundly held belief that by working with attunement and leaving space for forces outside of ourselves, we can give rise to beauty, longevity, and ultimately, kindness.

Since 1992, Trey has led Trahan Architects to expand from its New Orleans roots to open a second office in New York City, and rise to be ranked the number one design firm by Architect Magazine, the official publication of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Trey received the Architecture Review Emerging Architecture Award in London in 2005, and in 2006 he was elected to the AIA College of Fellows. He was a visiting critic and distinguished lecturer at the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Southern California, and the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. From 2015-2017, Trey served as a member of the International Council of the Van Allen Institute in New York, an organization that explores how design can transform cities and landscapes to improve people’s lives, and he is currently a board member of The Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington D.C., a nonprofit that educates and engages the public in our shared historical landscapes.

Trey has established several innovative conservation projects, including Fundo Tic Toc in Patagonia, Chile, which is part of a protected property acquired by Trey from the late Doug Tompkins, founder of North Face. An avid art collector, Trey lends his collections to museum exhibitions around the world. His meticulous curation includes an extensive series of Chawan tea bowls crafted by revered Japanese artist Shiro Tsujimura. He divides his time between New Orleans and St. Francisville in Louisiana, New York City, and Patagonia, Chile.

To contact: ttrahan@trahanarchitects.com or 504 522 9033
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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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 ecologies, cities, and economies...
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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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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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