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 Holiday Traditions

12.2021Ideas, People, Stradistas POV
By Al Cuteri

Traditions are interesting and important. Families have many traditions that can be ancestral, customary, religious, or even habitual. One commonality among all traditions is that they revolve around the family, extended family, or tribe.

Strada was conceived and guided in a way that allowed us to develop and create meaningful traditions that are celebratory and socially engaging. We cherish those traditions because they reflect our love and caring for one another, for the creative spirit we invoke in one another and for the impact we have in the world around us.

Our traditions are intentional in that they were derived from our internal desires to be part of an amazing, family-oriented group of individuals. We make a special effort to foster unconditional love for one another.

Feasting – a tradition that is year-round, and present in nearly every event.

During the holidays, feasting takes on a more formal character and purpose. The holiday season begins with our Annual Thanksgiving Lunch which ushers in the anticipation and excitement of the holiday season. Strada foodies are sent to explore our local markets and return with a bountiful harvest of antipasto, bread, desserts, and beverages. We gather around a large table to share this feast together, as a family, a tribe, and a group of people with common and unique interests. Breaking bread together is the strongest of traditions.

Thanksgiving in the Pittsburgh Studio | Circa 2016

The anticipation grows as the Annual Holiday Party comes near. This tradition is sometimes complemented with special events such as our 10th-anniversary dinner, or our “21st Stradaversary” party. Each of these family communions provides an opportunity to reflect on our unique relationships, experiences, and interactions while creating new memories that we can all cherish.

21st Stradaversary | Philly Studio Crew having fun in the photo booth

As we continue to grow our tribe, new family members are seated at the table each year. They get to know our holiday traditions and bring their own unique life experiences to the table, which enhances our diverse family and enriches our traditions.

Strada has always been more than just a design firm, it has been a family of creative individuals that collectively bring great joy to the studio in various ways. This holiday season, our celebrations are wrapped in thankfulness for what we have, for our families, and for our heartwarming traditions.

We thank each of you for being who you are!

During his term as AIA Pittsburgh Chapter President, Al saidGood Design is Good Business,” exemplifying the way in which a well-designed project can elevate a client’s purpose, goals, and vision.

Alan is a founding principal of Strada and has been in practice for more than 35 years. His steadfast leadership and collaborative approach have resulted in countless thoughtful, successful projects for higher education, corporate, and private clients.

Al is a strong advocate for an inclusive, collaborative, supportive, and diverse culture.

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.