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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07.2018

For our team, successes are sweet, but the anticipation of the next challenge is what drives us the most.

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How design is like quantum physics

02.2016Design, Firm News, Ideas, Uncategorized
By Edward A. Shriver, FAIA

I doubt that architecture and quantum physics have ever been considered in the same sentence, but I’ll argue that they are different perspectives on the same problem. Some background In the early 1900s, physicists worked to explain how sub-atomic particles behaved. The standard (Newtonian) worldview had for centuries described how everything worked, until suddenly it ...
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Reflections from the Tour de France

10.2015Ideas, Places
By Dina F. Snider, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

I recently had a chance with my family to travel to the south of France for the last four stages of the Tour de France. It was in a region that I had experienced previously only by train as I traveled in Europe while in college. This visit was enlightening to see how the small ...
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Lessons from the 2015 AIA Knowledge Summit

09.2015Building, Design, Ideas
By Edward A. Shriver, FAIA

“Is knowledge knowable? If so, how do we know that?” —Nicholas Rombus, Carnegie Mellon University Professor, 1972 I spent the last couple of days with some of the smartest people I’ve ever known. This was AIA’s third Knowledge Summit, and I have been privileged to join each session. In fact, I was the only non-AIA ...
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Evansdale Crossing—It’s all about connections

07.2015Building, Design, Firm News, Ideas, Places
By Stacey Blankin

You may have criss-crossed your campus hundreds of times, but it often takes a Placemapping® exercise to see a campus with fresh eyes and discover new opportunities. When asked to develop a master plan for West Virginia University’s Evansdale campus, it quickly became apparent that the hilly suburban–style site lacked sufficient pedestrian pathways and distinctive places ...
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Strada Wins Two ULI Philadelphia Awards for Excellence

06.2015Design, Firm News, Ideas, Places
By Strada

Strada is delighted to announce that two projects—Fresh Corner Store Showcase Conversions and 3737 Science Center—were honored with 2015 Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence on June 17. Sponsored by Urban Land Institute Philadelphia, the Awards program recognizes “the best real estate projects completed within the last five years in Eastern and Central ...
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Nova Place: Reinventing a defunct mall as a high-tech hub

06.2015Building, Design, Firm News, Ideas, Places
By Strada

Every city has them. A large-scale “modern” development that seemed to make sense at the time but almost since its completion hasn’t quite functioned the way it was envisioned. The Allegheny Center Mall in Pittsburgh’s North Side is one example. But an exciting repositioning effort is underway that has the potential to reconnect the threads ...
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Lines in a Sketchbook: A Creative Catalogue

04.2015Building, Design, Ideas, Places
By Joe Bevins, LEED Green Associate

In the 2009 movie “Up in the Air,” George Clooney’s character states, “Photos are for people who can’t remember.” Now, I don’t entirely agree with this statement. I’m somewhat addicted to Instagram and enjoy looking to old pictures. However, Mr. Clooney’s quote raises an interesting point—how do we remember the places, people and events in our ...
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Market Places—Morocco

04.2015Building, Design, Ideas, Places
By Michael A. Stern, ASLA, LEED AP

Everyone seems to love a good farmers market these days. Goodness knows my wife does – it seemed like she visited every one available in the City of Philadelphia after living here for only a week. And I do too. As a confirmed foodie, I love scrutinizing the latest offering of local wild mushrooms – ...
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Turning the lights back on along the Delaware Waterfront

02.2015Building, Design, Ideas, Places
By Aaron Bell

In light of recent news, it’s hard not to get excited about the PECO Power Station as it is now under new ownership with bold plans for the future. Back in 2011, during my thesis year of architecture school at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, I focused my research and design proposal on ...
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Storytelling in Architecture: Learning from Pixar

02.2015Building, Ideas, Uncategorized
By Grace Ding

Story is important in architecture. It is seen in how a new building continues the story of an existing place. It is used verbally to convey how a design was developed. And it is experienced as one moves through the resulting spaces of a project. Story is everywhere, whether we are aware of it or ...
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