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Benefiting the Dempsie B. Morrison Scholarship Fund

A portion of the proceeds will go to this fund.  The Dempsie Morrison Scholarship provides full tuition for two students in the University of Memphis Department of Architecture a year.


Keynote Presenter - Trey Trahan, 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.

Trey’s architectural projects include the Louisiana State Museum in Natchitoches, which won a 2015 National AIA Honor Award for Interior Architecture, and Architect Magazine’s Annual Design Review Award; and was named 2013 Top Architecture Project by Azure and 2013 Best of the Year by Interior Design magazines. He has won multiple design competitions in China, including a 4 million square foot mixed-use development in Zhengzhou, named by Forbes Magazine as one of the seven most important hospitality projects of the future.

Trey has taught graduate classes at both MIT (2013) and USC (2015). 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.

2017 Photographers: Mario Walker, Jarvis Hughes, and Rick Pinelli