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Strada means “street” in Italian. Streets matter to us. They’re the fundamental infrastructure of our cities and the core of our civic lives. They’re the connections between buildings, people, and public spaces. This is why we’re so inspired by them and it’s a shared commitment to these values that brought our principals together. Just as people mingle on city streets, our office is a place where we freely exchange ideas, challenging and inspiring one another to create exceptional work.

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Strada Elevates Abby Mountain to Senior Associate

02.2018

Strada, an industry leader in cross-disciplinary design, is excited to announce the elevation of Abby Mountain to Senior Associate. “Abby has been instrumental to Strada’s growth and success since 2002, and we are thrilled to advance her to this important position,” said Al Cuteri, firm principal and human resources leader. Abby joined Strada nearly 16 ...

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It’s in the details

08.2014Design, Ideas, Places
By Dina F. Snider, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

I recently went on a summer vacation with my family and enjoyed using my time to appreciate the art of details in architecture. Sometimes it takes removing us from our typical environment to make everyday details become more visible to us. Hotel architecture sometimes takes this to the extreme with custom light fixtures shaped like seashells and railings replicating serpents.

Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas

Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas

The smaller scale details are as essential in creating a place as the walls that encompass the place. The curve of a door handle that fits smoothly into your hand, the dovetail joints of a chair, and the custom room number at the hotel door that reminds you of the unique building you are in, are critical elements in creating an impressionable story for the user.

One of the things I love about Pittsburgh, and thus makes returning from a vacation easier, is that these kinds of details can be found throughout the city. The designers of our numerous historic buildings were fond of incorporating well-crafted details, some with a twist of humor.

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As a designer, I strive to create places where people can experience the place from the large to the small-scale details. The user may not be able to identify why they liked the space but simply that it was a memorable place to be.

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A Principal at Strada, Dina manages new construction, renovation, and historic preservation projects. She also leads Strada’s sustainable design initiatives and infuses green strategies into all of her projects.

Strada Elevates Abby Mountain to Senior Associate

02.2018Firm news, People
By Street Talk Editor

Strada, an industry leader in cross-disciplinary design, is excited to announce the elevation of Abby Mountain to Senior Associate. “Abby has been instrumental to Strada’s growth and success since 2002, and we are thrilled to advance her to this important position,” said Al Cuteri, firm principal and human resources leader. Abby joined Strada nearly 16 ...
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The Craft of Story Building

02.2018Design, Ideas, Places
By Mason Radkoff, CSI/CCCA, LEED AP BD+C

A story’s form should be organic— the moves it makes, the shape it takes. Initial visions of setting, theme, voice, and plot emerge as the writer intuits what the story needs without the anchor of minutia holding things back. Art is made.
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