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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Interior Design: Transformer of Space, or Mindset?

07.2019

At Strada, we “Design with People in Mind®,” as we recently gave name to a practice we continually partake in. It emphasizes how the people we design for are the backbone of our creations; they are the faces and the stories responsible for the transformation.

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Promoting disruptive innovation for social change in the mountains of West Virginia

06.2016Building, Design, Firm News, Ideas, Places
By Dana Coester, Creative Director, WVU Reed College of Media

Strada recently celebrated the opening of Evansdale Crossing, a five-story, 100,000-SF mixed-use social hub that is interspersed with academic spaces on West Virginia University’s Evansdale campus. Strategically located at the heart of the building is Reed College of Media’s dynamic new Media Innovation Center. We invited Dana Coester, the Creative Director of the Media Innovation ...
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Hacking the Gender Gap

04.2016Firm News, Ideas
By Monika Gibson

One of my favorite things about being an architect is the opportunity to meet interesting people. It is also a part of my job to learn about them, about the things they do, about the things they like or dislike. It is crucial for a project to be successful to truly understand who the users are ...
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Surprises and Challenges

03.2016Design, Firm News, Ideas
By Raymond F. McCaughey, RA, Associate

Having worked at a few professional services firms, I find the work at Strada entails a unique difference from all of the others—at Strada, surprises are good things. And along with the changes of an evolving business world, where each client has a slightly different set of needs to resolve, I often find the best ...
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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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