Aaron W. Trahan

Aaron W. Trahan, AIA, LEED Green Associate

Aaron grew up in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts, which introduced a passion for history and identity through architecture that persists today. Growing up, his father worked for a major airline carrier, allowing Aaron and his brothers to fly most anywhere in the world. It was inevitable that the experiences of cultural identity and architecture in England, Thailand, and Hong Kong would influence what he pursued in college.

A master's degree graduate from the Northeastern University School of Architecture, Aaron used his familiarity with airplane design in a “future use” capstone project, aimed at lightweight, integrated building systems and maximum layout flexibility. His team’s design was exhibited at a national collegiate conference, and published with other student work on “future use.” His interest in architectural expression lead him to focus his thesis on a master plan and deep-energy retrofit strategy for the Bunker Hill housing project in Boston – knitting the neighborhood back together and articulating the character of a disenfranchised community through architecture.

Aaron joined Centerbrook in 2013 and has since been involved in a wide range of work, including the UConn Medical & Dental School, Florence Griswold Museum, Saint Ann’s Parish, and multiple projects at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory including a Center for Therapeutics Research, DNA Learning Center, and campus master plan.

  • Awarded the 2017 AIA Connecticut Emerging Architect Award
  • Assistant Professor of Architectural Studies at Connecticut College
  • Serves on the Board of Directors of New London Landmarks
  • Selected for the 2013 NCARB Intern Think Tank
  • AIA Committee on Design Knowledge Scholar
  • Apprenticed at Kyu Sung Woo Architects in Cambridge and Elkus Manfredi Architects in Boston