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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The Craft of Story Building

02.2018

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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Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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Philadelphia

718 Arch Street
Suite 5N
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Turning once-familiar classrooms into places to live

09.2016Building, People
By Street Talk Editor

An isosceles triangle in plan, the monumental Schenley High School opened in 1916 at the edge of the Oakland neighborhood. The school functioned for nearly a century until closed down by the public school system. Since 2012, Strada has been working with PMC Property Group to re-envision the historic school’s rooms as apartments and amenity ...
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Inside a mid-century classic, glimpses of our Pittsburgh office

08.2016Design, Firm news, Places, Uncategorized
By Leah Patgorski

Strada’s Pittsburgh office has been in the former Alcoa building for a year and a half now. This distinctive modernist skyscraper (completed in 1953) has offered us plenty of design inspiration, from the aluminum details around every turn to the vintage advertising sketches and collages left in a flat file by former inhabitants. The new ...
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We’re growing! Welcome to our newest Stradistas

07.2016Firm news, People
By Street Talk Editor

As Strada continues to expand, it has welcomed an array of talented people in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia during the first half of 2016. The addition of these distinguished professionals to our cross-disciplinary practice has enhanced our strength in architecture, urban planning, and interior design. Larry Fabbroni, AIA, LEED AP joined Strada as an Associate ...
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Learning from the past with the Victorian Society in America

07.2016Design, Firm news, Places
By Stacey Blankin

A founding principal of Strada, John Martine, AIA, is a highly respected preservationist, recognized for preserving the historical fabric and at the same time, drawing upon the past in developing new architectural designs. The success of his award-winning work stems from his exhaustive study of Victorian-era architecture. On June 15-21, John attended the Victorian Society ...
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Learning by Doing: Designing Active Learning Spaces

06.2016Design, Firm news, Ideas, Places
By Robert W. McCauley, AIA, and Stacey Blankin, LEED AP

For the first time in decades, schools from elementary through higher education are dramatically changing the way they teach. Acknowledging the limitations of the traditional classroom, they are embracing new pedagogical opportunities presented by advanced technologies, and rethinking their academic spaces. Active learning encourages increased student interaction, deeper engagement with the material, and greater ownership ...
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Promoting disruptive innovation for social change in the mountains of West Virginia

06.2016Building, Design, Firm news, Ideas, Places
By Dana Coester, Creative Director, WVU Reed College of Media

Strada recently celebrated the opening of Evansdale Crossing, a five-story, 100,000-SF mixed-use social hub that is interspersed with academic spaces on West Virginia University’s Evansdale campus. Strategically located at the heart of the building is Reed College of Media’s dynamic new Media Innovation Center. We invited Dana Coester, the Creative Director of the Media Innovation ...
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Congrats to our newest Senior Associate, George Poulin, AIA

06.2016Firm news
By admin@stradallc

We are delighted to announce the promotion of George Poulin, AIA, LEED AP to Senior Associate! George is a consummate professional who lives and breathes his profession, relishing the complexities of a constantly evolving industry and the unique challenges posed by each new project. His eye for detail leads to designs that are thoughtfully considered ...
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Hacking the Gender Gap

04.2016Firm news, Ideas
By Monika Gibson

One of my favorite things about being an architect is the opportunity to meet interesting people. It is also a part of my job to learn about them, about the things they do, about the things they like or dislike. It is crucial for a project to be successful to truly understand who the users are ...
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Congratulations Kevan Rutledge on becoming a Registered Architect

03.2016Design, Firm news
By admin@stradallc

It’s hard to envision an effort as demanding as an Ironman Triathlon but the journey to becoming an architect might just be comparable. The first stage—the educational component—typically requires a fifth year of study and is shaped by lengthy studios, regular all-nighters, tortuous crits, and a year-long thesis. Surviving this leads to the second stage—an ...
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Surprises and Challenges

03.2016Design, Firm news, Ideas
By Raymond F. McCaughey, RA, Associate

Having worked at a few professional services firms, I find the work at Strada entails a unique difference from all of the others—at Strada, surprises are good things. And along with the changes of an evolving business world, where each client has a slightly different set of needs to resolve, I often find the best ...
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