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 trailblazers, moving on

01.2017

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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The Joy of Entrepreneurship

08.2014Design, Ideas
By George Poulin, AIA, LEED AP

The design community is overwrought with certain buzzwords. Among them are the terms Collaboration, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Academic institutions are in a race to develop programs and build new spaces that foster all three. But a few moveable tables and comfortable lounge seats do not an entrepreneur make. I’ve had the tremendous opportunity to work ...
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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 ...
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Ideas and inspiration from SCUP-49

08.2014Firm news, Ideas
By Robert McCauley, AIA

I recently attended the SCUP Annual International Conference in Pittsburgh on July 13-16 with about 1500 other members and attendees. SCUP, the Society for College and University Planning, has been the premier planning forum for higher education for 49 years. It is also an excellent conference venue to keep abreast of emerging trends on campuses ...
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Walking the (Strade) Streets of Philadelphia

07.2014Design, Firm news, Ideas, Places
By Michael A. Stern, ASLA, LEED AP

As soon as I arrived in Philadelphia a few weeks ago, I was immediately struck—as an urbanist—by how varied in character the streets of the city are—ranging from the grand, rather pompous monumentality of the Ben Franklin Parkway, to the neighborly intimacy of many of the residential streets, down to the tiny alleys and passages. ...
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Designing for stormwater, naturally.

07.2014Design, Ideas
By Claudia Saladin

“April showers bring May flowers” goes the saying. But often those showers also bring flooding and “combined sewer overflow events,” where stormwater mixes with untreated sewage in old combination sewers and flows untreated into our rivers and streams. These problems have increased over time through an abundance of paving and buildings, too little green space, ...
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Welcome to Pittsburgh, SCUP-49!

07.2014Firm news
By admin@stradallc

We are delighted to welcome fellow SCUPers to Pittsburgh for the 49th annual international conference, “Plan for Transformation,” on July 12-16. Established in 1965, the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) is a dynamic community of leaders in the field of higher education who direct academic, strategic and campus planning efforts. Many of Strada’s ...
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Three visits to the High Line

07.2014Design, Places
By Purva Chawla

A few weeks ago I found myself making my third visit to the High Line in New York. My first visit, in 2011, was to an urban spectacle—an elevated park, still a new species, where curious tourists and city dwellers were moving tentatively along the edges. Under the banner of an educational field trip, my ...
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Drawing in the Future of Computer-Aided Design

06.2014Design
By Mark Hensler

Did you know the first CAD software was created in the 1960s? It was called “sketchpad” and users actually drew on the computer screen! CAD software has advanced over the last 50 years and barely resembles the process it was initially designed to aid—drafting. Even CAD is now becoming obsolete and being replaced by BIM, ...
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Notes from John’s visit to New York City

06.2014Firm news, Places
By John Martine, AIA

Last month I was in New York attending two back-to-back AIA Knowledge Committee study seminars. The first was a one-day whirlwind examination of the revitalization of the 42nd Street/Broadway area, organized by Strada partner Ed Shriver, founder of the AIA Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Committee. Lectures were held in the New Amsterdam Theater in what ...
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First glimpses of Pittsburgh’s Bakery Living

06.2014Building, Design, Firm news, Places
By Street Talk Editor

Sixteen months after a chilly groundbreaking in February 2013, a new type of apartment building for Pittsburgh is nearing completion in the East End. As construction crews finalize their work on Bakery Living, at least 50% of the 175 apartments are already occupied and residents continue to arrive. Their new digs feature a unique set ...
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