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

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.

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

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


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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....
Trahan Architects is an international award-winning architecture firm based in New Orleans, LA, that focuses on cultural, educational, assembly, and mixed-use projects throughout the United States and overseas. The firm strives to fulfill the aspirations of clients while being mindful of the impact on both natural and social environments. Trahan’s globally recognized projects demonstrate a high level of technological sophistication coupled with a quiet sense of beauty. Notable projects include The Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta,...
The full-time Digital Practice position offers the opportunity to engage in challenging work within an award-winning, collaborative practice in search of design excellence. The Digital Practice Designer will be directly involved with developing digital methodologies, 3D renderings and animations for 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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