Make It Right House

Founded by Brad Pitt in 2007, the Make It Right Foundation builds homes, buildings and communities for people in need. All Make It Right projects are Cradle to Cradle inspired – meeting the highest standards of green building.

Following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, Brad Pitt and his Make It Right Foundation selected Trahan Architects as one of the first 21 architects to design a new generation of single family houses in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. A central tenet of the Make It Right project is that safe, sustainable, healthy homes can be affordable for all families.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Completed 2004

1,900 SF

Project Team
Trey Trahan, Mark Hash

American Architecture Award, The Chicago Athenaeum, 2008
AIA Baton Rouge, Rose Award for Design Excellence, 2008

Image Source:
Photographs Courtesy of Make It Right

Residential , Responsibility , Rootedness

The building typology — the “shotgun” — is the result of site constraints, environmental conditions and efficient planning. Trahan’s design represents these characteristics with a contemporary vision. The roof becomes the main architectural expression, referencing the pitched roofs that are common to the area. As the roof evolved from pragmatic form and function, it transitioned into a high performance component that promotes energy and water efficiency.

As demonstrated by Trahan’s innovative design, those hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina are now proving they can and will rebuild better, stronger and more resilient than before.

-Tom Darden, Executive Director, Make it Right Foundation

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