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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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20 years of Designing with People In Mind


Strada celebrated its 20th anniversary on October 1, 2020. This milestone is marked with some exciting news for the evolution of our firm.




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Strada Elevates Three Stradistas!

05.2020Firm News, People
By Street Talk Editor

Strada is celebrating 20 Years of Designing with People in Mind®. As the firm’s projects continue to multiply and flourish, its leadership is expanding and adapting. We are delighted to introduce the firm’s newest associates, Aaron Bell, RA; Terrie Brightman, RLA, ASLA; and Mark Hensler, RA.

“Strada recognizes the leadership qualities of our diverse, talented and passionate team members. With the elevation of these new Associates, we ensure Strada’s mission and design excellence into the future,” said Al Cuteri, a Founding Principal. “Aaron, Terrie and Mark have each demonstrated their leadership, talent, passion and commitment to Strada’s vision!”


Aaron Bell, RA

Aaron joined Strada’s Pittsburgh office eight years ago and currently works out of the Philadelphia office. His passion and desire to create, design, inform and learn are qualities he brings to design at Strada. Aaron’s innate qualities serve as a reminder of the importance of passion. Over the years he has learned to hone his passions into successful designs. Aaron’s personality and confidence in design gives Strada’s clients assurance that their project is in good, talented hands. The firm looks toward Aaron to mentor young talented designers as the Strada Team grows.


Terrie Brightman, RLA, ASLA

Returning to Pittsburgh in 2018, Terrie sought out a challenging opportunity at Strada. We were looking for fresh leadership to grow the landscape practice and found that in Terrie. Her relentless passion continues to push Strada to do its best work, and has moved landscape design forward and broadened this discipline at Strada. We are excited for what the future brings for the firm’s landscape architecture practice knowing Terrie will be at the tip of the spear.


Mark Hensler, RA

Mark has helped build Strada’s technology footprint in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. He has demonstrated his design talents on many projects and his collegial leadership style is to be envied. Mark has managed and improved the firm’s integration of new software and technology. Never bothered when asked for help, Mark dives right in to solve a problem. He represents the true Strada mindset with a balanced, personal leadership style that leaves no one in doubt as to his caring sincerity. Mark will be a key individual in the growth and development of Strada in the years to come.

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

Strada is a cross-disciplinary design firm where architects, interior designers, landscape architects, graphic designers, and urban designers collaborate closely both internally and externally with clients to create extraordinary places for people.

We Design With People In Mind®.

20 years of Designing with People In Mind

12.2020Firm News, People
By Street Talk Editor

Strada celebrated its 20th anniversary on October 1, 2020. This milestone is marked with some exciting news for the evolution of our firm.

Stradista Anh Pham wins 1st Place in Twinmotion 3D Visualization Contest

12.2020Firm News, People
By Street Talk Editor

Anh pursued what he called a more conceptual exploration. He duplicated and scaled the facade to achieve the layered quality, and he applied a transparent material to the building exterior. For the environment, Anh opted to pay homage to Len Lye; the lights behind the structure derive from one of Lye’s works called Wind Wand.