Architectural Firm That Changed the Face of St. Louis Changes Faces at the Top: Joe Brinkmann, AIA, Named New President of Trivers Associates

Andrew (Andy) Trivers, FAIA, one of St. Louis’ leading architects and best known for his high visibility historic restoration and adaptive reuse projects such as the 1884 Old Post Office, the Westin Hotel at Cupples Station, The Laurel and Washington University Umrath Hall, today named Joseph (Joe) Brinkmann, AIA, 48, President of Trivers Associates. While Trivers will remain as Chief Executive Officer of the St. Louis headquartered firm he started in 1975, the transfer of day-to-day operations is a key strategic move to expand roles and responsibilities for the principal architects and associates, transfer ownership of the firm to the next generation of leaders, and to free up Trivers personally to do more design. “As long as I am able, I do not intend to fully retire,” said Trivers, “but it’s time to have the next generation of leaders run the business and reap the rewards of their leadership. With this creative freedom, I hope to do some of my best work, less distracted by the rigors of running the business, and more focused on what attracted me to architecture in the first place.”

Brinkmann, who has served as Chief Operating Officer of Trivers since 2010, said, “I have learned a lot from Andy and he is revered by clients, the St. Louis community and hundreds of architects he has trained and mentored for more than 40 years. Andy cannot be replaced, and we are lucky that he is not ready to stop doing what he does so well. My colleagues and I are grateful for his leadership and his trust in us, and we will maintain the Trivers’ commitment to excellence, and hopefully build the firm and reputation in a way that will pay homage to Andy’s vision. One of the things that attracted me to the firm initially was the social consciousness and I intend to continue to support efforts that improve the community we live in. I believe we are poised, as a firm, to achieve some of the best work we have done in the next few years."

Trivers Associates was started in 1975 shortly after Andy Trivers received his Master of Architecture and Urban Design from Washington University in 1973. While the firm is best known for its historic renovations and urban transformations of nationally significant projects, the firm has successfully completed hundreds of iconic buildings—new and old – including the Old Post Office in St. Louis, the Westin Hotel at Cupples Station in St. Louis, the Hipolito F. Garcia U.S. Courthouse in San Antonio, Texas, the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in University City, various locations for the American Cancer Society, Umrath Hall at Washington University in St. Louis, the new school of Art & Design at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Tobacco Row in Richmond, Virginia. Since 1995, the firm has been prominently headquartered downtown, with arguably the best views of both the Old Court House and the Gateway Arch -- perfect bookends for a firm which has both preserved and changed the St. Louis landscape for more than 35 years.

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Invisible Sustainability: Hidden Environmental Practices Benefit Texas' Historic Structures

Excerpt from article featured in Texas Historical Commission featuring the U.S. Post Office-Courthouse in San Antonio

While sustainability has swept through the architectural community with much fanfare, many of these same principles have quietly crept into Texas' historic restoration and rehabilitation projects.  In particular, two exemplary projects have received high marks, not only for painstaking preservation of public buildings, but also for meeting stringent sustainability goals in the process.

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Trivers Receives 2011-2014 IDP Firm Award

Trivers Associates has been awarded a 2011-2014 Intern Development Program (IDP) Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).  Trivers has been recognized for demonstrating a deep commitment to the IDP program by going above and beyond the baseline criteria and demonstrating innovation in our commitment to the IDP.  Trivers is among only five firms around the country that was recognized with the IDP Firm Award at the AIA 2012 National Convention in Washington, DC for this prestigious honor.

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