*Zoom* VISION Keynote: Guided by Ethos

  • May 21, 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Online, Zoom

Organization: AIA Cincinnati

VISION Keynote: Guided by Ethos

Originally scheduled as the March Keynote, this presentation will be shared on a live Zoom call on May 21.

At Trahan Architects, we are guided by our Ethos. Our work comes with a responsibility—to our clients, our environment, and our communities. We create spaces that have a strong sense of rootedness — that evoke an atmosphere enhancing how people move and feel. We use tools of artistry—concept, craft and expression. Articulating ideas through materiality, we see our work as an ongoing process: a collaboration. We must consider the impact of our designs on our natural and social environments. We work with sensitivity and restraint, and strive to craft innovative designs that set new standards for sustainability, improve day to day functioning, and create new possibilities for cultural engagement.

Trahan Architects, a global architecture firm based in New Orleans with an additional design studio in New York City, founded by Victor F. “Trey” Trahan III, FAIA, was named as the #1 Design firm in the U.S. for 2019, by ARCHITECT 50, a national ranking of architecture firms published by ARCHITECT magazine. The ARCHITECT 50 tries to answer one simple question: “Who had the best year?” Quoting “Transforming complex conceptual ideas into realized physical spaces is no simple task, but Trahan Architects excels at this alchemy.” When asked about the accolade and his perception of architecture Trahan said “It’s beyond buildings, right? 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.”

Since its inception, Trahan Architects has built a portfolio with a wide range of building types and scales, including academic, cultural, performing arts, ecclesiastic, residential, athletic, 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 in New Orleans, Louisiana and an important conservation and preservation undertaking at Corcovado National Park in Patagonia, Chile.

Learning Objectives

Learn strategies to manage projects in a way that promotes greater exploration of environmental impacts of design using parametric modeling.

Understand the importance of systems integration in achieving sustainable building performance.

Discuss strategies to improve occupant comfort and safety through management of materiality and acoustic performance.

Develop construction and evaluation practices that incorporate information modeling to develop more efficient practices and ways to measure performance.

Speaker: Trey Trahan, III, FAIA

Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, III, FAIA, is Founder and CEO of Trahan Architects. With a strong personal belief in the value of conservation and philanthropy, his life and work is guided by a commitment to the development of sustainable environments.

A Louisiana native, Trey grew up in the small town of Crowley—a community known for its entrepreneurial spirit. Trey founded Trahan Architects at the age of thirty two, and the firm has since designed a series of local and international projects that have received recognition for their innovative use of materials. Since the firm was established it has built a portfolio with a wide range of building types and scales, including academic, cultural, ecclesiastic, residential, commercial, mixed-use and urban projects throughout the US and overseas. The firm has won over 75 national, regional, and local state awards along with several international design competitions. The work of the firm has been published in more than 40 countries.

Current projects include the reinvention of the Alliance Theatre and Memorial Arts Building at Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center, an arts campus that includes buildings by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, Laredo Convention Center, Laguna Gloria Master Plan in Texas; and the Aurora Event Center in upstate New York.

This past fall, Trey was a visiting critic and distinguished lecturer at the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. Past teaching engagements include a graduate studio on design approaches for coastal landscapes at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (2013). He is a member of the global advisory board for 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 also 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.

Trey spends his time between New Orleans, New York and Patagonia, Chile, where he recently purchased, and is in the process of conserving, a property in the Corcovado National Park, one of the eleven national parks established by North Face founder Douglas Tompkins. He is working to return this property to its pristine natural state, while enjoying his time in this remote landscape.

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