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TRAHAN ARCHITECTS Design Team Profile and Master Plan Vision - DRAFT The Baton Rouge International School

For Immediate Release, September 25th, 2009

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Design Team Profile

Trahan Architects, an award-winning firm led by Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, FAIA, has received international acclaim for work that is at once intensely personal, historically grounded, and aesthetically sublime Trahan’s architecture designs are among the most honored and published architecture projects in the world.

Each project shares a high level of technological sophistication and innovation coupled with a sense of quiet and experiential beauty. Trahan’s aesthetically minimalist work is rooted in a profound understanding of Louisiana and the surrounding region, yet contemporary through state-of-the-art execution. Much of the firm’s material palette of light and concrete is informed by the region’s architectural history, such as the eighteenth-century use of bousillage (a primitive form of concrete that is native to the area) These age-old materials, combined with Trahan Architects intense research into emerging materials and construction methods, leads to work that feels simultaneously rooted and contemporary. Trahan’s architecture avoids pastiche, cliché and easy symbolism; each building has a depth and an element of surprise that inspires constant discovery. Since its founding in 1992, Trahan Architects has approached the details of each project – from client and user to site and program – with an intense level of focus and individuality. Dismissing preconceived formulas or generalized solutions of the status quo, each building project responds precisely to the clients’ unique needs and expectations. The broad range of clients working with Trahan Architects includes universities and financial institutions, as well as government entities at the federal, state, and local levels. The firm has experience in a diverse range of building types including ecclesiastical, retail, industrial and medical facilities; office buildings and sports arenas. Internationally, the firm has won three premier international design competitions in Beijing, China, for a Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Industry Base; for a medical research facility; and for the design of a new city. Trahan Architects will collaborate with renowned landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand for this project. Reed Hilderbrand will bring to the Baton Rouge International School project a breadth and depth of experience in campus planning and landscape design demonstrated by work with educational institutions in both urban and rural settings over the last twenty-five years.



Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, III, FAIA is President and Principalin-Charge of Trahan Architects, APAC and has been recognized and published nationally and internationally for innovative design and creative use of materials. An accomplished designer, Mr. Trahan was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 2006 at the age of 45 for his contributions in design and is fluent in all phases of design and construction administration on projects up to $200 million. Trey Trahan was the only American architect to receive the prestigious Architectural Review Award for Emerging Architecture in 2005, and was invited to participate in the Architectural League’s 25th Anniversary “Emerging Voices” lecture series. He is the recipient of three National AIA Honor Awards and has received numerous state, national, and regional design awards.

Reed Hilderbrand provides comprehensive services in site research, design, implementation, and management to bring forth meaningful and evocative landscapes. Douglas Reed and Gary Hilderbrand, the firm’s two principals, bring a combined fifty years of project experience and a shared dedication to the highest level of thought and execution in all their work. They are committed to rational and practical design solutions and to the values that guarantee sustainable and durable designed landscapes. In collaborative work with institutions with multiple constituencies, the firm carefully negotiates the process of rehabilitation and change within highly valued settings, developing distinguished projects that must meet highly constrained budgets within ambitious schedules.

He is Principal-in-Charge on a new Louisiana State Museum in Natchitoches, Louisiana, a new housing prototype for Brad Pitt’s Make It Right project in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans; a new building for the River Center Library in Baton Rouge and a new Presbyterian Church complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After Hurricane Katrina, he was selected as lead architect for the renovation of the Louisiana Superdome, the only stadium in NFL history to be destroyed by natural disaster. Under his leadership, the Superdome reopened ahead of schedule and under budget and is widely considered to be one of the most successful large scale renovation projects ever completed. Mr. Trahan has lectured extensively and his designs have been published in eighteen countries.


The firm has received significant national recognition, twice winning the Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the highest honor a project may receive in the ASLA professional awards program. Planning awards include a Society for College and University Planning/American Institute of Architects Excellence in Planning Honor Award. Other honors include Garden Design magazine’s Green Award, the Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the selection of the firm’s principals for The Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices program, an honor usually reserved for architects.

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Lead Architect - Trey Trahan, FAIA


Baton Rouge International School Master Plan

A master plan for the first permanent campus of the thriving Baton Rouge International School, the design weaves fragments of an incongruous water management strategy into a holistic expression of the landscape’s hydrological system, cultivating a dense succession of habitats for observation and discovery. Conceived as a hidden oasis, the design provides a didactic landscape informing the student’s relationship with their environment.


Baton Rouge, Louisiana


The Baton Rouge International School is an independent, non-profit American school offering a rigorous curriculum in a multilingual environment. Since opening in 2000, the school has already outgrown three locations, prompting the purchase of an 18-acre property 10 miles west of downtown on which to establish a permanent campus. Since the relatively open site is nearly 50% constrained by open water and wetlands, the expression of water moving through the site plays a critical role in the organization of building and site programs.

So near the Mississippi and just upstream from New Orleans’ Lake Ponchartrain, the project’s integration of hydrological systems can help students link their relationship with water on a local level to its impact globally. The landscape is partitioned into a series of discrete, sheltered habitats by program strands undulating through the site. These boundaries are rendered as ribbons across the site, generating sheltered outdoor spaces, linked through thresholds of instructional space.

Vehicular circulation parallels the east and west edges, minimizing encroachment on the campus. The programmatic distribution on the site places younger children and civic components at the site’s public face, with older children in the more remote reaches of the site. The undulating thresholds create distinct fragments or regions for each year, while still interconnecting the school with a clear expression of a single community. Project Team: Reed Hilderbrand


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Baton Rouge International School Master Plan 8

Master Plan Key 1. ELIC 2. ELIC 3. Gymnasium (2) + Special Use Rooms 4. International Cultural Center 5. High School + Middle School 6. High School + Middle School 7. High School 8. Elementary 9. Elementary 10. Pre-Elementary 11. Pre-Elementary 12. Administration + Learning Differences a. ELIC Outdoor Space b. Spectator Bleachers c. Sports Field d. Tennis Court (Regulation Size Doubles) | Overflow Parking e. North Bridge Access f. North Bridge g. Wetland Lab | Middle School Outdoor Space h. Middle + High School Outdoor Space i. High School Outdoor Space j. South Bridge k. Elementary Outdoor Space l. Basketball Court (High School Regulation Size) | Loading | Overflow Parking m. Pre-K Outdoor Play Area n. Pre-K Outdoor Play Area o. Pre-School Outdoor Play Area p. Campus-wide Outdoor Gathering


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