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 Elevates Abby Mountain to Senior Associate

02.2018

Strada, an industry leader in cross-disciplinary design, is excited to announce the elevation of Abby Mountain to Senior Associate. “Abby has been instrumental to Strada’s growth and success since 2002, and we are thrilled to advance her to this important position,” said Al Cuteri, firm principal and human resources leader. Abby joined Strada nearly 16 ...

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The Craft of Story Building

02.2018Design, Ideas, Places
By Mason Radkoff, CSI/CCCA, LEED AP BD+C

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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6 Signs Your Office Needs a Refresh

10.2017Design, Ideas, Places
By Tom Price

When was the last time you refreshed your office, academic, or social space? If the answer is 10 years or more, it’s definitely time to consider making updates. Maintaining a workplace that is relevant and performative is critical to keeping a sharp competitive edge. It also helps recruit and retain the best talent while improving ...
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Early encounters with urban design

10.2016Ideas, People
By Street Talk Editor

Last Wednesday, the lunch room in Strada’s Pittsburgh office was alive with the sounds of teenagers negotiating. Not our newest recruits (yet), but participants in the ACE Mentoring Program, working in groups on a hypothetical urban design project.  ACE programs are designed to introduce high school students to the range of careers available in architecture, construction, ...
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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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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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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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Reflections from the Tour de France

10.2015Ideas, Places
By Dina F. Snider, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

I recently had a chance with my family to travel to the south of France for the last four stages of the Tour de France. It was in a region that I had experienced previously only by train as I traveled in Europe while in college. This visit was enlightening to see how the small ...
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Lessons from the 2015 AIA Knowledge Summit

09.2015Building, Design, Ideas
By Edward A. Shriver, FAIA

“Is knowledge knowable? If so, how do we know that?” —Nicholas Rombus, Carnegie Mellon University Professor, 1972 I spent the last couple of days with some of the smartest people I’ve ever known. This was AIA’s third Knowledge Summit, and I have been privileged to join each session. In fact, I was the only non-AIA ...
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