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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 Five Stradistas!


The future is bright at Strada. The firm is committed to turning visions to reality and helping to shape new places across the nation.



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Innovation on display at SCUP Midatlantic Conference

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

Creativity oozes at Drexel's URBN Center

Creativity oozes at Drexel’s URBN Center

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 Conference at Drexel University last week was that innovation flourishes when people of different backgrounds, interests and experiences come together. Drexel is setting a tremendous example in fostering fertile spaces for this sort of creative ideation.

Stepping foot inside of the URBN Center is like walking into a frenetic arts-centered beehive. Open floors, layers of glass, inspiring nooks and crannies and “making” spaces flub any distinctions between architecture, fashion design, graphic design, package design, gaming, or interior design, which comprise the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Pulsing with inspiration, it is hard not to grab a blob of clay, fabric swatches, or balsa planks and find a way to… animate them… as part of an app… that becomes a movie trailer… projected on the side of an old factory… You can almost see an idea work its way up from the ground floor as it bounces around from “department” to department, gathering momentum and taking shape.

It is especially interesting to see how innovation is being fueled at many different scales. Drexel’s ExCITe Center, designed by Strada, was a big hit during the conference. Largely a big open petri dish, it fuses the arts with STEM to develop things like wearable energy storage devices. Here ideas cut across ages, talents, areas of study, research and even commercial enterprise.

Christopher Gray, a Drexel student majoring in Entrepreneurship, had my mind swirling during his presentation. He is a member of the Dorm Room Fund, a student-run venture firm that invests in student-run companies. This group has 24/7 access to a cool space run by First Round Capital out by Penn that coincidentally housed the first Urban Outfitters. Exposed brick, a café kitchen, moveable furniture and tech-intensive meeting spaces nurture those wonderfully uninhibited late-night college ideas.

The energy emanating from all of these spaces is palpable. Good ideas can come from anywhere and anyone. And it appears that when they are thrown into a blender of perspectives and talents, they only blossom and become richer with a greater chance of implementation. So get talking, get your thoughts out there and see where they take you.

Strada Elevates Five Stradistas!

By StreetTalk Editor

The future is bright at Strada. The firm is committed to turning visions to reality and helping to shape new places across the nation.

Transforming Buildings and Spaces for Life Sciences

04.2022Design, Ideas, Places, Stradistas POV
By George Poulin, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Working with researchers to design their facilities is a highly satisfying process. We’ve been fortunate to work within many of Philadelphia’s most iconic buildings to create spaces to foster the next generation of scientific discovery.