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

Vincent Yee Foo Lai
NCARB
Designer

As a Singaporean, born and raised in Malaysia, Vincent’s design foundations were manifold. He believes meaningful design oscillates between the vernacular and modern, presenting a sense of familiarity with a twist of novelty.

Vincent joined Trahan Architects with experience previously working on high profile institution projects, community pavilion, and mixed-use developments during his time in Adjaye Associates. The mantra of all community projects stems from the power of architecture or installation to give dignity back to the community. On a speculative level, he and his college friend Douglas have won multiple awards and recognitions, including the Forge Prize 2022, SARA|NY Kathy Firneis Student Scholarship, A+D Museum design awards 2021 for housing revitalization projects. He was also an invited speaker at the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel and AISC Steel Conference Denver.

Vincent holds an M.Arch from UC Berkeley and a BA in Architecture from NUS Singapore, where he received the AKZO Nobel Gold medal for distinction in Architectural Design. In 2015, he was given a scholarship to attend ETH Zurich to investigate the role of Territory in Architecture. This foundation set forth a continuous interest to unpack the commonality of design between cultures, people, and geography.

EDUCATION
Master of Architecture, UC Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, National University of Singapore

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
Project Team, Adjaye Associates, New York
Summer Intern, SOM, Chicago
Architectural Intern, OPEN Architecture, Beijing
Intern and Pavilion Builder, Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Vietnam
Architectural Intern, LAUD Architects, Singapore

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 a Director of Marketing & Strategy to join its fast-growing team. The ideal candidate will effortlessly and strategically move between marketing and new business initiatives.  As a Director of Marketing & Strategy with a proven track record of wins, this marketing superstar is entrepreneurial, ambitious, and agile.  The best candidate is a thoughtful, precise communicator with organizational prowess with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in a similar role. This dynamic marketing and communications...
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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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New York
Trahan Architects is looking for a Director of Marketing & Strategy to join its fast-growing team. The ideal candidate will effortlessly and strategically move between marketing and new business initiatives.  As a Director of Marketing & Strategy with a proven track record of wins, this marketing superstar is entrepreneurial, ambitious, and agile.  The best candidate is a thoughtful, precise communicator with organizational prowess with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in a similar role. This dynamic marketing and communications...
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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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