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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The future is bright at Strada. The firm is committed to turning visions to reality and helping to shape new places across the nation.



Pittsburgh Studio

611 William Penn Place
Suite 700
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

p: 412.263.3800
f: 412.471.5704

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Philadelphia Studio

325 Chestnut Street
Suite 909
Philadelphia, PA 19106

p: 215.440.0190
f: 215.440.0197

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Triangle Studio

1011 South Hamilton Rd
Suite 201
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

p: 919.521.8022

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Study haven for a unique student population

About the project

“Nontraditional students” are an ever-changing and diverse population of the College of General Studies, many of them coming to university education later in life. The mission of the McCarl Center is to provide programs and services, extending from orientation through graduation, and to promote and support their academic success and personal growth. The design team translated this goal into a highly crafted environment to suit the client’s mission.

The Center was inserted into reclaimed space that originally housed two-level library stacks in the Cathedral of Learning, a 42-story Gothic Revival tower that is the University’s signature building. The main conference room takes advantage of one of the high bay spaces that is part of this historic structure. Steel structures frame the passages, transporting students into a welcoming and comfortable place for group or individual study.

The McCarl Center and the College of General Studies were relocated in 2014 to share a space in Posvar Hall. Strada helped to design this renovation as well, with similar program elements as in the original McCarl Center, and this time adjoining a major ground floor corridor and a large outdoor terrace.

“An absolutely spectacular addition to the College of General Studies.”

– University Chancellor Mark Nordenberg


Philadelphia, PA

Barco Law School Student Lounge

University of Pittsburgh

The Thornburgh Room

University of Pittsburgh