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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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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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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Sustainable living and community revitalization in Camden

01.2014Design, Ideas
By admin@stradallc

Can one new building revitalize an entire community? This is the modest goal that the RENEW Building in Camden is trying to achieve. Developed by Parkside Business and Community in Partnership, the first new building in the Parkside neighborhood in over 40 years is targeting LEED-Platinum certification. Strada is developing exhibits to interpret the building’s ...
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The importance of Weavers Way

01.2013Building, Ideas
By George Poulin

Every community needs a Weavers Way. Not literally a cooperative market with fresh produce and locally sourced food (as nice as that would be!), but a place that a community can call their own. For the Philadelphia neighborhood of Mt. Airy, Weavers Way Co-op is a reflection of the values and ideas of the people ...
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Larimer neighborhood seen through various lenses, on the edge of change

12.2012Ideas, Places
By Leah Patgorski

Larimer is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh’s East End. As a plateau framed by two valleys, Negley Run and Two-Mile Run, it is hydrologically interesting. As a once-thriving community that has faced hard times since the 1960s, but is seeing sparks of renewal, it is also politically and socially interesting. The news around this storied neighborhood has held our ...
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