About Strada

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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Going Fast in Low Gear

12.2014Building, Design, Places
By Alan J. Cuteri

Technology continues to evolve and accelerate, affecting most everything we do. The avalanche of apps and smart technology over the past decade has created a robust level of expectations that everything can be accomplished at the speed of an electron. It is exciting and also brain numbing for anyone over 50, but we learn to embrace!

In higher education it is still relevant to have human interaction, dialogue, argument and dissent; where body language, facial expression, tone, and perspiration still have meaning far beyond the typed word. This is more imperative in legal education, which still relies on these time-tested forms of communication. Designing spaces to support a pedagogy based on the Socratic Method can be exciting, challenging, rewarding and nuanced with the technologies of the day. Trial and error (no pun intended) and constant critique have helped us help our client transform the West Virginia University College of Law into a modern legal education center.

The virtue of oral argument to settle matters of the law is supplemented with increased technology. Even the judges have laptops and monitors to view documents, evidence, and anything else that they care to see while hearing a case. Technology has enabled the jury, witnesses, litigants, and spectators in the courtroom to see and hear all while maintaining the core skill of verbal and physical communication through visual media.

Video Conferencing Room

Video Conferencing Room

It has been exciting to move at 80 miles per hour in low gear as we have over the past 10 years working with the College of Law to implement a long-range master plan in support of a strategic plan. This work will likely take us through to the fall of 2016, the likely culmination of a 12-year adventure with the College of Law. Retrofitting, transforming, and expanding a 1970s building as the hub of legal education in West Virginia is no small task but it has been robust with interaction and input from every point of view—the Law School Faculty and Administration, Students, Alumni, Donors, University Leadership, Facility Engineers, Managers and the Strada design team.

Completing the 10th year of a single project is a milestone and an opportunity to look back and reflect on what has been accomplished, what has stayed relevant and what has fostered improvement. It provides a rare chance to see how you did as a designer and how the place you made is affecting those who occupy, interact, and learn in it; a chance to see how your interpretation of your client’s vision has paid off; how the students, faculty, and administrators have adapted to change. It is an exciting ride that, like a roller coaster, has ups and downs and many turns, allowing you to feel the rush of acceleration, weightlessness and compression, and then the ultimate joy of having conquered the ride.

As our ride continues, we hope the images here will pique your interest in what is to come.

Visit these project pages to learn more:
College of Law Master Plan and Classroom Renovations
College of Law Addition and Renovation

New Addition and Entrance

New Addition and Entrance

New Classroom Wing

New Classroom Wing

Renovated Classroom

Renovated Classroom

Energy Conference Room

Energy Conference Room

Top Photo: John W. Fisher, II Courtroom

Photos courtesy of Dennis Marsico and Landau Building Company

Alan J. Cuteri is a founding principal of Strada and has been in private practice for over 25 years. Focusing on delivering high value services to his clients, he explores clients’ institutions or businesses to find creative and innovative ways to solve their facility needs while creating long-term value with places that support their goals and visions. Alan has been working with West Virginia University’s College of Law for nearly 10 years.

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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