New Orleans, LA / New York, NY, November 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – New Orleans, LA / New York, NY -Trahan Architects, a global architectural firm with studios in New Orleans and New York, announced today that its founder and CEO, Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, III, FAIA, has been selected as the 2021 laureate for the American Architecture Prize by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

The Chicago Athenaeum also honored two Trahan Architects projects for the American Architecture Awards: the Ochsner Center for Innovation and the New England Mixed-Use Development.

“Kindness and compassion are exactly what best exemplifies the works of Victor F. ‘Trey’ Trahan, III, FAIA,” said Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, architecture critic and president / CEO of The Chicago Athenaeum. “Over the past three decades, Trahan’s buildings have demonstrated a combination of these qualities of talent, vision and commitment that have produced cohesive and meaningful contributions to humanity and the built environment through the architecture art. They had the unique ability to convey seemingly contradictory characteristics: power and modesty, daring and subtlety, public authority and bravado, and at the same time, a sense of humble intimacy.

Narkiewicz-Laine continued, “The work is powerfully honest and genuine – sublime masterpieces of sincerity, erudition, imbued with a deep knowledge of the discipline of architecture and the aspirations of a deep conscience. cultural. Its constructed work gives opportunities and equality to the less privileged, mitigates the effects of natural disasters, reduces energy consumption, follows a humanitarian agenda set with the highest social criteria and goals, and provides spaces that, at their best, welcome the general public. Innovative and inspiring, it shows how architecture can and should improve people’s lives and impact our otherwise ordinary existence, elevating us far beyond the hectic and chaotic nature of our time, place and place. our cities. During this decade, he is an architect who deserves even more professional and public accolades.

The award, jointly organized by two public institutions, The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, honors American architects, as well as other global architects practicing on several continents, including work , over time, exemplifies superior design and humanistic ideals. The American Prize for Architecture honors the spirit of the founder of Modernism, Louis Sullivan, and subsequent generations of Chicago practitioners such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Daniel H. Burnham, and Holabird & Root. It also broadcasts the significant contributions of America’s rich and inspiring architectural practice and its living heritage to the world at large on a global scale.

“To be selected as the 2021 laureate for the American Architecture Prize by the Chicago Athenaeum International Advisory Board and for two of our projects to be awarded the American Architecture Prize is an honor,” said Trahan . “These awards illustrate our philosophy and commitment to grounding, artistry, materiality and our responsibility to design for spatial equity.

Previous winners include Sir Norman Foster, Michael Graves, General Services Administration, Richard Meier, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Form4Architecture, James von Klemperer of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC., And Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear of Miami. Arquitectonica company. Last year, the Prize went to Eric Owen Moss.

“Trahan embodies the renewal of a more poetically and intellectually engaged architect who defends the role of the architect as being challenged to respond to the greater social, cultural and humanitarian needs and concerns of our civilization and our society. Narkiewicz-Laine said. “Each of Trahan’s buildings shows a precise understanding of how people will use the facility, the thoughtful and appropriate use of materials, and a commitment to creating public spaces for the benefit of the entire community. Through his professional example, he significantly expanded the role of the architect. Few in this profession, especially today, have met the demands of practicing architecture as an artistic enterprise. He is an architect who believes wholeheartedly in the poetic simplicity of materials and the creation of places, never leaving the heavy imprint of an architect on the design concept, intention or result. For the inspiration he provides, through his complex intellectual example and his rich contributions to architecture and humanity past and future, Trey Trahan is the recipient of the 2021 American Architecture Award.

Trahan Architects was founded by Trahan on the belief that careful design of everyday spaces can elevate the human experience. It is a multidisciplinary firm ranked # 1 design firm by Architect 50, the annual ranking of Architect Magazine, the official publication of the American Institute of Architects, which tops the list in building “spectacular projects, sumptuous and well detailed ”. Trahan Architects has received over 100 national, regional and local awards, as well as several international design competitions, including five AIA national awards.

  • Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award – New England Mixed-Use Development

  • Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Prize – Ochsner Center for Innovation

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