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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Meet Our 2017 Summer Interns

07.2017

Every year, Strada welcomes several interns into our offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. They use this time as a break from school and a peek into their post-college careers, assisting the full-time project teams with creating exceptional spaces and places. We asked our interns to answer a few questions about their experience at Strada thus ...

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Meet Our 2017 Summer Interns

07.2017Firm news, People
By Street Talk Editor

Every year, Strada welcomes several interns into our offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. They use this time as a break from school and a peek into their post-college careers, assisting the full-time project teams with creating exceptional spaces and places. We asked our interns to answer a few questions about their experience at Strada thus far.

 

Gargi Lagvankar

PITTSBURGH OFFICE
STUDYING ARCHITECTURE AT CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, PITTSBURGH


What made you want to get into the field of architecture?
I moved around a lot as a child, so being exposed to different environments and cultures made me really interested in how people interact with the spaces they’re in. I think architecture and space can have a tremendous impact on how societies grow and evolve and I have wanted to be a part of that since I can remember.

Why did you choose Strada?
I had applied to Strada because I came to know about them through the Uber building, and thought the collaborative nature of the firm between the architecture, interior design and landscaping/masterplanning teams was very appealing. I thought engaging with specialists of various areas, rather than only the traditional idea of an architect, would be really interesting!

How do you expect this internship will help you grow in your career?
Working with Strada, I hope to gain skills and experiences you can’t get in a regular studio setting, as I want to get licensed in architecture. Learning from people with varied expertise and years of experience is really eye-opening and has inspired me to explore the different nuanced areas in the field. .

 

Dylan Beckwith

Pittsburgh Office
Studying Architecture at Jefferson University, Philadelphia


What made you want to get into the field of architecture?
To me, the architectural field is a malleable form of art that transcends its own boundaries and becomes a cross-disciplinary experience. Architecture is art, it is design, it is fashion, it is anything the senses can touch; that is why it is so amazing to me. I chose architecture because it is a limitless field that changes every day, I can be anything and everything. I can be a designer, I can be a leader, I can be follower, I can be a trend setter, and most importantly I can touch peoples lives in a way that most can’t.

What is your favorite part about interning with Strada?
My favorite part of interning at Strada extends past the work I am doing, it is the people that I am surrounded by. My coworkers, colleagues, and fellow Stradaistas have welcomed me into their culture and have helped me grow tremendously as a designer. I have experienced so much in such as short time thanks to them, between the friendly environment, can-do attitude, and work/life/play balance. The Stradaistas are what makes this place such a great firm.

How do you expect this internship will help you grow in your career?
This internship has given me experience that I will not only apply to my professional career, but to my everyday life. The in-field knowledge I’ve gained is so much more powerful than any studio experience in which I’ve worked throughout my undergraduate career. In the office I don’t just do one thing daily, I’m bouncing back and forth from meeting to site, from design phase to construction phase, back to the site, and so forth. It really has been life changing.

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Becca Caddick

PHILADELPHIA OFFICE
STUDYING ARCHITECTURE AT Jefferson UNIVERSITY, Philadelphia


What made you want to get into the field of architecture?
When I was little, no matter where we would go I would want to build or draw. I was always the artistic child who would not settle down until I created whatever I had on my mind. I used to take placemats at restaurants, flip them over and draw floor plans on the back while waiting for food. I always said I would be an architect; nothing else seemed to catch my attention.

Why did you choose Strada?
I chose Strada because it appeared to be so much more than just a work place – it was a conglomerate of people with unique skills, putting their ideas together. I liked the idea of constant collaboration in a fun, unique setting. I also appreciated the direction of the projects that specialize strongly in local education settings, including my own school, allowing me to work in a setting I know and love.

What is your favorite part about interning with Strada?
I love the atmosphere. Strada does not have a stale office, so it is hard to get bored. To me, the best part of architecture is communication and collaboration. I love how nobody is afraid to talk, laugh and joke in the office while they work hard. It really is a group of friends, which is so fun to be a part of and work with.

Strada names Sean Beasley as next Principal

01.2017Firm news, People
By Street Talk Editor

As Strada’s projects continue to multiply and flourish, its leadership is expanding and adapting. We are delighted to announce that the firm’s newest partner is Sean Beasley, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, a talented architect with experience on a range of building types. Sean’s expertise covers residential, commercial, educational, and hospitality projects, but he is particularly ...
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Strada trailblazers, moving on

01.2017Firm news, People
By Street Talk Editor

As 2016 draws to a conclusion, Strada bids adieu to three celebrated members of the firm: Principal Robert (Mac) McCauley, Principal Michael Stern, and Associate Ray McCaughey. After more than 45 years of practicing the art and business of architecture and 31 years as a design principal, Robert (Mac) McCauley is retiring. As a Principal ...
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