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Strada celebrated its 20th anniversary on October 1, 2020. This milestone is marked with some exciting news for the evolution of our firm.
Edward Shriver, FAIA, a founding Principal of Strada, will be retiring on December 31, 2020. Ed was instrumental in the establishment and growth of Strada. He led a number of significant projects in the Pittsburgh Urban Core and many of the North Shore office buildings located between PNC Park and Heinz Field including updates to the North Shore Master Plan. Ed also led four separate studies for the City of Pittsburgh Fifth and Forbes Corridor for national and local developers until the work moved forward with Millcraft Industries. Other notable Pittsburgh projects include Market Square Place, Piatt Place, Dick’s Sporting Goods Headquarters, and the Uber Advanced Technology Center.
In addition to his urban design and planning efforts, Ed focused his talents on the business management of the firm and leadership work with the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He participated in several local and national efforts and founded one of the AIA’s 21 Knowledge Communities, “Retail and Entertainment.” In 2015, Ed was admitted to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, FAIA. Fellows are recognized for their significant contributions to the Profession of Architecture. Ed’s day-to-day thought leadership, business insight, and sarcasm will be missed, and we wish him well on the next grand chapter he will undoubtedly write.
Strada continues to grow as we move into our 21st year of design excellence. With 50+ team members in two offices, our cross-disciplinary design studio has completed projects in 20 states. Helping to manage this growth, the Partners are honored to announce, that on January 1, 2021, Abigail “Abby” Mountain, Senior Associate (Pittsburgh Office) and George Poulin, Senior Associate (Philadelphia Office) will become Partners and Owners of Strada.
Abby joined Strada in 2002 as one of our early team members. Her genuine enthusiasm, passion for architecture and planning, wonderful design talent and vibrant personality was instrumental in shaping the Strada Culture. Abby left Strada for a handful of years and returned in 2012 as a Registered Architect and Certified Planner with expanded experience in higher education and planning.
For the past 8 years, Abby has taken on many management and operational leadership roles at Strada earning the respect and loyalty of our team members. Significant recent projects led by Abby include the Humane Animal Rescue, Pittsburgh, PA; Washington Area Humane Society, Washington, PA; and The University of Pittsburgh Global Hub, New Classrooms and Common Areas at Posvar Hall.
George has been practicing architecture as a Strada Team member since the establishment of the Philadelphia office in 2013, preceding with UJMN Architects since 2003. His professionalism and diversity of interests have enriched the design culture at Strada and advanced the firm’s capability to serve a variety of client types, in particular entrepreneurial research scientists and universities.
As evidenced by his involvement with the Powelton Village Civic Association and the University City Historical Society, George also brings a passion for historic preservation and a commitment to architecture as the physical fabric that knits communities together. Significant recent projects led by George include CIC Biolabs Philadelphia, the new home of the Drexel College of Computing and Informatics; Dan Dan Sichuan and Taiwanese restaurant, Philadelphia, PA; and the new home for Adaptimmune at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. George holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Drexel University, having earned the Henry Adams Medal in 2007.
The future is bright at Strada. We look forward to building new relationships and committed to designing with people in mind® for the next 20 years and beyond.
"I can imagine Western State Penitentiary becoming a mixed-use development (along an extended light rail that goes to the airport!) that could include housing, hospitality, cultural uses, and community functions." - Larry Fabbroni
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"I believe a great building to redesign would be the Post-Gazette building. This now abandoned building sits right in the heart of the iconic Mt. Washington vista, which is the image by which most of the world recognizes Pittsburgh." - Mark Hensler
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