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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611 William Penn Place
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Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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f: 412.471.5704

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Philadelphia

718 Arch Street
Suite 5N
Philadelphia, PA 19106

p: 215.440.0190
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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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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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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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How design is like quantum physics

02.2016Design, Firm news, Ideas, Uncategorized
By Edward A. Shriver, FAIA

I doubt that architecture and quantum physics have ever been considered in the same sentence, but I’ll argue that they are different perspectives on the same problem. Some background In the early 1900s, physicists worked to explain how sub-atomic particles behaved. The standard (Newtonian) worldview had for centuries described how everything worked, until suddenly it ...
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Bakery Living I wins a Best in American Living Award

01.2016Building, Design, Firm news, Places
By Street Talk Editor

Strada is delighted to announce that Bakery Living I, the lively new residential building it designed in Pittsburgh’s East End, received a Best in American Living Award (BALA) from the National Association of Home Builders. BALA winners were announced on January 25, 2016 in Las Vegas. Bakery Living took top honors in the category, “Development ...
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PlaceMapping for resilience in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana

01.2016Design, Firm news, Places
By MICHAEL A. STERN, ASLA, LEED AP

I recently had the pleasure of spending a week in the company of some really smart ULI colleagues working on an Advisory Panel in St. Tammany Parish (the equivalent of a county), across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans. We were working on resilience planning for the community. Resilience—the new buzzword in planning—has come to replace ...
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Bakery Square: Evolution of an Innovation District

12.2015Building, Design, Firm news, Places
By Stacey Blankin, Associate, LEED AP ND

It is not often that you have an opportunity to design a new urban neighborhood and it’s even more rare to get to see that vision take shape so quickly. Strada’s Master Plan for Bakery Square 2.0 in Pittsburgh envisioned a vibrant innovation district, where residents could live, work and play. And already it is ...
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