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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Offices

Pittsburgh

611 William Penn Place
Suite 700
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

p: 412.263.3800
f: 412.471.5704

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info@stradallc.com

Philadelphia

718 Arch Street
Suite 5N
Philadelphia, PA 19106

p: 215.440.0190
f: 215.440.0197

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We explore, interpret, and redefine our clients' worlds

We call this PlaceMapping™

PlaceMapping™ enables us to discover the culture, nature, and economy of a project

We begin each project with a period of intensive study to understand all aspects of the design challenge. From this, we establish a distinct set of principles for a sound, site-specific solution that unifies the project and location, and responds to our client's needs, hopes, and aspirations.

Culture

  • The Experience:
  • History
  • Sensory
  • Comfort
  • Memory
  • Welcoming
  • Social
  • Emotion
  • Technology

Nature

  • The Context:
  • Space
  • Scale
  • Texture
  • Land
  • Light
  • Sound
  • Water
  • Wind
  • Construction

Economy

  • The Use:
  • Flexible
  • Layered
  • Dynamic
  • Efficient
  • Profitable
  • Sustainable

Place

The quality of our work results from our ability to use this knowledge to make great places. We achieve this by collaborating across disciplines, acting responsibly, and synthesizing information by utilizing advanced technologies.

Cross-Disciplinary Integration

We are musicians, writers, artists, cyclists, woodworkers, preservationists, gardeners, climbers, mothers, fathers, students… and we let these experiences enhance our work. Above all, we are people dedicated to creating meaningful places for people. Gathering different perspectives – from our colleagues, clients and collaborators – often yields unexpected and creative ideas. We think of our approach as cross-disciplinary rather than multi-disciplinary; a networked lattice of intelligence, where each participant adds to the overall resolution, rather than narrow expertise isolated in the silos of individual studios.

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Technological Insight

We use information technology to communicate ideas and visualize the possibilities in the same way we utilize modern building technology to bring those concepts to life.  Advanced technologies like 3D modeling and BIM foster creative dialogue both in our office and with our consultants and our clients as we examine a wide range of alternatives and quickly integrate feedback. This iterative “conversation” allows us to visualize, analyze, and refine designs quickly and thoroughly, helping us shape meaningful and efficient solutions.

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Environmental Stewardship

We are mindful of the need to protect natural systems that sustain life, and to balance human desires and needs with environmental responsibility and efficient use of resources. In our practice we have found that sustainability makes good business sense and we always work with our clients to find the correct solution to enhance both the environmental and financial bottom line. We thrive in reusing what we have; adapting existing buildings for contemporary uses and preserving the rich details that add layers of character and distinguish one place from another.

Much of our work supports urban infill, adding density and a mix of uses to bring people together, preserve open space and regeneration the urban fabric. The goals of what has become known as “sustainability” go hand-in-hand with making great places—vibrant, walkable, healthy, resilient communities for people of all ages.

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Our best work is founded on this holistic approach

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