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 Integrated Design Practice

04.2018

"The more complex the ecosystem and the greater the diversity of its parts, the more successfully it can resist and recover quickly from stress. "

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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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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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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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CSI/Building Enclosure Council Seminar Day

05.2014Building, Design, Firm news, Ideas
By Joshua T Lessard, Assoc. AIA, CSI

This past week, Strada Principal Chris Kenney set Philadelphia’s Center for Architecture buzzing with industry experts engaging in a dialogue on Net-Zero and Net-Positive design. The annual CSI/Building Enclosure Council Seminar Day brings together representatives from viewpoints and professions as wide and varied as architects, engineers, scientists, manufacturers, and politicians to discuss many of the ...
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Bringing bold shapes to life through fashion

05.2014Design, Ideas
By Monika Gibson

Monika Gibson and Leah Patgorski decided last winter to work together on a collection for Carnegie Mellon University’s Spirit Fashion Show. Monika’s work had been selected for the event in previous years, and though Leah had not done a fashion show before, she was interested in applying her perspective as an artist to wearable clothing. ...
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The lowly metal lid

05.2014Design, Ideas, Places
By Ray McCaughey, RA

Designers of all stripes take mental pictures all the time. They build mental catalogs of elements of the world that many take for granted, or never notice at all. Designers like details that inspire them, or things that they note are beautiful, because adding those touches to an environment pays the design-karma forward. Today’s example ...
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Tackling an urban design challenge with ULI in Raleigh-Durham

05.2014Design, Firm news, Ideas, Places
By Rob Dower, LEED AP

Many of our staff have been involved in the Urban Land Institute (ULI). This is a volunteer organization comprised of real estate professionals, planners, architects, and corresponding legal and financial disciplines. The mission of ULI is to “provide leadership in the responsible use of land, and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.” Recently, I ...
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Innovation on display at SCUP Midatlantic Conference

04.2014Building, Design, Ideas
By Stacey Blankin, LEED ND

Where does an idea come from? And how does it become more than just a thought? Well, if you are anything like me, it is time to step away from your desk and start tossing ideas around with your peers and colleagues. One theme that came up again and again at the SCUP Mid-Atlantic Regional ...
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