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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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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. With the show’s given theme of “Prima Facie” (“First Impressions”), the two decided to focus on strong shapes and layers rather than color.

Being colleagues at Strada made it easy to share ideas, materials, and sketches over multiple lunch hours. To construct the pieces, however, the two worked in their individual home studios, creating vivid silhouettes of black, white, and gray that extended to the geometry of headpieces worn by the models.

Here is a glimpse of some of their inspiration and a few more photos from the show, which took place in April.



Inspiration (Clothes from Maison Margiela and Comme des Garcons, ink drawings by Dutch artist Louis Reith, excerpts from design sketches, text drawing by Carl Andre)

Backstage (photo: Anna Lee-Fields)

Backstage (photo: Anna Lee-Fields)


Runway (photos: Keith Leonard)

Runway (photos: Keith Leonard)

Top photo: Anna Lee-Fields

Monika Gibson has her own fashion label known as Zuzablue, and she has been designing and making clothing and accessories for five years. Leah Patgorski is a practicing artist and her sculptural work has been exhibited in Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Vienna.

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.