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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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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What Makes a Place Great?

10.2021Design, Ideas, People, Stradistas POV
By StreetTalk Editor

As we reflect on 21 years of Design with People in Mind®, we asked each of our principals to respond to one of our foundational questions…. “What makes a place great?” Here’s what they had to say…


“Great spaces evoke a feeling; whether comfort, awe, belonging, beauty, or spirituality, that leaves a lasting image that you never forget. In my experience that can come from anywhere. From the fort tents built by my kids to grand train station concourses and great urban rooms like Bryant Park.”

Sean Beasley, AIA, LEED AP

“A place is great when you can see and be seen.
A place is great when you can hear, smell and feel nature.
A place is great when you can interact with other people.
A place is great when you feel the most content and happy.”

Alan Jesse Cuteri, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

In a word, “engagement.” Great places engage each of our senses. They are settings that we engage, and settings in which we engage each other. Great places are the scenes or stages where things happen, and are frameworks we use to make sense of the world around us.”

Christopher Kenney, AIA, LEED AP, CSI

“When the setting and the ambiance are both comforting and exciting at the same time leaving a lasting and positive impression.”

John A. Martine, AIA

“Whether it is awe, excitement, joy, or comfort, great places evoke positive emotions. These spaces can either be the backdrop to memories or the star, but they help shape the experience / memory.”

Abby Mountain, AIA, AICP, LEED AP

“A great place is somewhere you genuinely enjoy spending time; one that makes you want to linger just a little bit longer. It doesn’t have to be grand, or curated. It just has to feel right.”

George Poulin, AIA, LEED AP

“When the memory of a place and its unique experience is beautifully etched in your mind.”

Tom Price, AIA

“The right balance of color, daylight, texture, smells and sound, that make you happy, content, comfortable and left with a desire to pause and enjoy.”

Dina F. Snider, AIA, LEED AP BD+C


We look forward to creating more extraordinary places for people to enjoy for generations to come.






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.

Additional information about the firm may be found at stradallc.com.

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.