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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Our Street: Favorite Interactions in the New Philadelphia Office

07.2019Design, People, Places, Stradistas POV
By Murray S. Kamara, Jr.


I was 7 or 8 when I realized I remembered my home address. I was proud thinking, “man, this grown up thing isn’t too bad, bring on more addresses!”


College Dorm... Got it! ...First Apartment? You know it! ...Work!? Wait... work is moving?


I can honestly say, out of the many addresses I have remembered, I never thought there would be a new work address…


BUT, What would it mean?

The transportation I had known between two addresses would be different, that’s for sure. Would the street be louder or quieter… faster or slower? Would we like it? Would I like it?

Change is scary and uncertainty makes most of us, if not everyone, anxious. But, change is necessary for growth.


Camaraderie 2.0

Our office relocation has changed us all… for the better. Work days are, of course, filled with tough and demanding situations. Previously, we sat apart in different pods – too far away to hear interesting conversations or to engage in quick downtime banter. Now, in our new space, we can all take part in riveting design debates or the whimsical (but still very important), chicken cutlets debate.

Our previous window views included a busy traffic intersection and the stone wall of our neighbors. Now we gaze out at the rich sights and sounds of Philadelphia’s and America’s history.

Friday wind downs were always fun and enjoyable, however since the move an elevated level of closeness has developed around our new pool table.

This comradeship is reinforced by every after work outing, whether it’s the exploration of a new bar or restaurant, or lunch on our new rooftop.

Strada’s new Philadelphia address has certainly changed us all for the better. We’re so much closer and happier in our new place we have created. I’ve challenged my memory to make room for one more street name!





Murray epitomizes the concept of collaboration. His personable manner, thoughtfully considered design ideas, superlative technical skills, and willingness to jump into any project make him a tremendous asset to design teams.

During his young career, Murray has gained meaningful insight into the design elements that make places distinctive. From his work at the Library of Congress and government buildings on Capitol Hill to multimillion-dollar Philadelphia park projects to prestigious landscape commissions, Murray’s experiences enrich the ongoing dialogue of placemaking at Strada.

In fact, the emphasis on placemaking (and urban design) is what attracted Murray to Strada, where he relishes the opportunity to think beyond spatial norms and create program areas that are frequently overlooked initially by clients but quickly become their favorite spaces.

Strada is a cross-disciplinary design firm where architects, interior designers, urban designers, landscape architects, and graphic designers regularly collaborate to create places that people truly enjoy. We design with people in mind® by engaging clients and making strong-rooted connections between people, place and space.

Why Community Engagement is vital to designing cities of the future

09.2019Ideas, People, Stradistas POV
By Monika Gibson

It is impossible to build a meaningful place for people based solely on expertise in a specific project typology or based on current trends.

Interior Design: Transformer of Space, or Mindset?

07.2019Ideas, People, Stradistas POV, Uncategorized
By Jo Berchielli

At Strada, we “Design with People in Mind®,” as we recently gave name to a practice we continually partake in. It emphasizes how the people we design for are the backbone of our creations; they are the faces and the stories responsible for the transformation.