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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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Strada trailblazers, moving on

01.2017Firm News, People
By Street Talk Editor

As 2016 draws to a conclusion, Strada bids adieu to three celebrated members of the firm: Principal Robert (Mac) McCauley, Principal Michael Stern, and Associate Ray McCaughey.

After more than 45 years of practicing the art and business of architecture and 31 years as a design principal, Robert (Mac) McCauley is retiring. As a Principal of UJMN and then of Strada, Mac spearheaded the planning and design of numerous influential college, university, real estate, and institutional projects, with a specialized niche in science and technology research parks affiliated with universities seeking to generate economic development. He was a master of both the big picture and the critical detail, and all of us at Strada are grateful to Mac for his leadership and vision.

Following a distinguished career, Michael Stern will be retiring from Strada as well. One of four partners who launched the firm in 2000, Michael orchestrated the expansion of the practice beyond architecture to include landscape architecture, urban design, and master planning services. He headed up significant master planning and landscape projects that encompassed mixed-use developments, campuses, retail corridors, and urban centers. Going forward, Michael’s collaborative, cross-disciplinary model will continue to influence and define Strada’s design process.

Ray McCaughey, who has been an architect at Strada for over 10 years, is also retiring. During a career of 30+ years in architecture, Ray has orchestrated hundreds of retail, commercial, and higher education projects. He is adept at managing the construction of complex facilities and has been a key resource to others in the firm in this regard. As an Associate at Strada, Ray provided valuable continuity and expertise as the manager of projects for repeat clients, including corporations, retailers, and government agencies.

We wish the best for these designers as they step into new chapters, and hope you will join us in congratulating them.


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.