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 Welcomes a New Marketing Manager, Rhonda L. Bolding, CPSM

10.2017

Strada is delighted to welcome Rhonda L. Bolding, CPSM to the firm’s talented and innovative team as our new Marketing Manager. Bolding will manage firm-wide marketing and public relations activities to support the strategic goals and vision of Strada, and to enhance their competitive position. Bolding’s focus will include local and regional markets as well ...

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Don’t let the meter run out

10.2014Design, Ideas, Places
By Stacey Humphreys Blankin, LEED ND

Ah, the revered parking spot: it’s close; it’s convenient. At times it’s worth doing circles for, maybe making an aggressive move towards, and even paying a hefty fee, all to claim a temporary place to keep our four-wheeled vehicles safe and sound. But in the end, that’s pretty much it… That’s all they do. String ...
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Pop-up Places—Spruce Street Harbor Park

09.2014Ideas, Places
By Aaron Bell

Placemaking Arguably the most popular spot in Philadelphia this summer is the Spruce Street Harbor Park. Located along the Delaware River at Penn’s Landing, the SSHP boasts a surprisingly diverse number of activities and spaces for the public to enjoy. Having visited the site before, I am truly amazed to see the transformative power of ...
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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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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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Sorting patterns of activity in New York City’s Theater District

05.2014Firm news, Ideas, Places
By Edward A. Shriver, FAIA

Principal Ed Shriver has been researching, writing, and speaking for years about how people and commerce interact in urban environments. On Thursday at the AIA’s Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Community Conference, he will present New York City’s 42nd Street as a test case. Ed will explain patterns in the urban ecosystem of the Theater District ...
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