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OUR MISSION

We believe...

Being different is good.

As architects, artists, sculptors, and master craftsmen, our approach is unconventional… and that’s a good thing. We think outside the box (even when we’re designing boxes!), to bring you products that don’t look or feel like anything you’ve seen before.

Styles may change, but quality shouldn’t.

Mass-produced awards that follow the status-quo will never be status symbols. We create a new Collection every year, using a rigorous design process, and place a premium on fine materials, innovative design, and superior craftsmanship.

Excellence is its own reward.

Our greatest achievement is seeing how excited, appreciative, and proud the people who receive (and give) our awards are.

Leaders lead by example.

Our timeless, sophisticated design and progressive practices make us the recognized trailblazer in the award and recognition industry. We’re proud to be a 100% woman-owned business.

Good design should be accessible to everyone.

That’s why you’ll find both custom designs and more affordable collections that provide an exceptional value for handcrafted, timeless designer awards.

We’re proud of our work… and it shows.

We handcraft each piece exclusively in the U.S.A., to support our local economy and guarantee our design and quality are consistently exceptional.We love our team, and our clients!

TEAM

As a team of professionals, we take our work seriously and love what we do. We call Austin, Texas home, and are proud that TROPHYOLOGY was honored with the 2012 Chamber of Commerce Austin Innovative Practice Award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Founder Eva Schone 

“As an architecture student, little did I know that a competition to design an award for the American Institute of Architects in 2003 would lay the foundation for the journey of starting Trophyology eight years later. I remember how excited I was when I thought about designing an award for architects who were being honored for excellent architectural design. What an opportunity! This was the first time I thought about what an award means and how important its design is in communicating the values for which someone is being honored. Over the next few years, I was fortunate to receive several professional honors myself. Each time, I felt proud of and grateful for the recognition, but not once did I feel inspired to display the objects that represented the acknowledgments. I became more and more aware of the overwhelmingly predictable, standardized, and outmoded designs that appeared to be prevalent. Knowing how hard people work and how much of themselves they give to do a good job, it seemed inappropriate to keep honoring them with objects that are unimaginative and insignificant. I decided to offer a design-oriented quality alternative and started to shift my career from being an architect to founding Trophyology. Since 2011, we have created awards for the American Institute of Architects, Fidelity Investments, O’Melveny & Myers and many other esteemed clients. It is a special source of pride for me that all Trophyology designs are handcrafted by artisans in Austin, Texas - thereby supporting the local economy and traditional craft.

I've been asked for whom I would like to design an award: The many persistent people who stood up to the government of the former East German republic. Their brave protest changed my life, allowing me to live and work in the U.S., something I could never have dreamed of growing up in East Germany. I’ll be forever grateful to those men and women." 


PHOTO CREDITS:

  • Rachel Kay of appleboximaging.com
  • Russell Avery of kestrelfilms.com
  • Alan Disparte of alandisparte.com

 

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Phone: 512.788.4558
Email: eva(at)trophyology.com