Trivers Associates, Founded by Andy Trivers, FAIA, TSA '69, Announces Ownership Succession

Jul 13, 2015

Trivers Associates announces the succession of the company to a new ownership group comprised of Joe Brinkmann, AIA, LEED AP, Joel Fuoss, AIA, LEED AP, and Amy Huff, AIA. Andy Trivers, FAIA, who founded Trivers Associates in 1975, will continue to practice with the firm. Over the past 40 years, Trivers Associates has won numerous awards for outstanding architecture and has become well-known for adaptive reuse, institutional and educational design. 

The new ownership group will continue Trivers’ legacy founded in the rich history of St. Louis while maintaining a commitment to architecture of place and informed design. With 30 years of architectural and construction experience, Brinkmann has been with Trivers for 15 years, and has been serving as President of the firm for the last three. He serves on the board of the Open Space Council and St. Louis ArtWorks. According to Brinkmann, “With this transition we have the energy and passion of a new firm but continue the Trivers legacy by remaining extensively engaged in the community. We will continue to elevate our work and will strive to deliver the highest design quality by being even more innovative and deliberate in our design approach.” 

Fuoss has spent 12 of his 14 years in architecture with Trivers Associates. He serves on the board for St. Louis ArtWorks and is a member of the Washington University Young Alumni Selection Committee for the 2015 Distinguished Faculty Awards. He has also spent time as an instructor at Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Architecture. 

Huff has had a 15-year career in architecture, including six years at Trivers Associates. She is active in the St. Louis Language Immersion Schools Development Committee and with the Healthcare Hospitality Network and is a former longstanding board member for Shaw Area Children’s Center. 

Building upon Andy’s passion for community engagement, the entire Trivers team seeks to better the St. Louis community. Andy Trivers commented, “I have been proud to serve the architectural industry and the St. Louis community, and I am confident that the new ownership team will continue that legacy. They are among the area’s finest architects, with impressive achievements, and I look forward to working with them as they assume their ownership roles.” 

The firm is located in downtown St. Louis, and with the January 2014 acquisition of TEC Plus Architects, the company also has established a key presence in laboratory and research design. In addition, staff members generously support more than 50 local and national nonprofit groups. The company also has joined Public Architecture’s One Percent program, pledging to provide 375 hours annually toward pro-bono design services for nonprofit organizations. 

Trivers is perhaps most noted for the design of such highly visible projects including the Old Post Office renovation, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Art and Design expansion and renovation, the Westin Hotel at Cupples Station, 6 North Apartments, The Laurel, Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Grove Brewery and Bierhall, Washington University’s Umrath, Wilson and Busch Halls and the Hipolito F. Garcia Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in San Antonio. 

Current work at Trivers Associates includes the Museum of Westward Expansion, the Old Courthouse renovation, the Webster University Gateway Campus at the Arcade Building, the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center and Kranzberg Education Lab at Laumeier Sculpture Park, the University of Pikeville Health Professions Education Building in Pikeville, Kentucky and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge projects located throughout the United States.

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