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.
“It’s beyond buildings, right?” says Trahan. “It’s about
arriving at a place where you believe that architecture
can create or result in an attitude of kindness…
Architecture has a voice in that.” -ARCHITECT MAGAZINE
Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, III, FAIA, is an American philanthropist and the founder and design principal of Trahan Architects in New Orleans and New York City. Trey established Trahan Architects at the age of thirty-two, and the firm has since designed a series of domestic and international projects that have received global recognition for work that is historically grounded and aesthetically sublime. Trey is commended for his innovative use of sustainable materials, stemming from his strong personal belief in the value of environmental conservancy.
Since the firm was established it has built a portfolio with a wide range of building types and scales, including academic, cultural, athletic, ecclesiastic, residential, commercial, mixed-use, and urban projects throughout the U.S. and overseas.
Notable projects include the Coca-Cola Stage at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, The Mercedes-Benz Superdome Capital Improvements in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a unique and important conservation and preservation undertaking at Corcovado National Park in Patagonia, Chile.
The firm is ranked as the #1 design firm in the U.S. by Architect Magazine, the official publication of the American Institute of Architects. Trahan Architects has won over 100 national, regional, and local awards, as well as several international design competitions, including four National AIA Awards, in less than 25 years. In 2005, Trey received the Architecture Review Emerging Architecture Award in London, and in 2006 he was elected to the AIA College of Fellows.
The firm’s work has been published in more than 40 countries. Trey was a visiting critic and distinguished lecturer at the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Southern California, and at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. From 2015-2017, Trahan 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. He is currently a board member of The Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington D.C., a non-profit that educates and engages the public in our shared historical landscapes.
An avid art collector, Trey lends his various and unique pieces and collections to museums and exhibits globally.
Trey resides in New Orleans, Louisiana and Patagonia, Chile.
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