Competing for projects, ideas, and attention, while making ideas come true, leading and following, forcefully and gently, creatively and practically – it is a life on the edge for even the bravest. Why do we succeed, why do we stay in the race. Because we are leaders. Because the mission to change people’s lives for the better is injected in our blood. It was in my blood the moment I realized what my father architect did, and I followed.
– Rada Doytcheva, PHD, AIA, MBA, LEED AP
RADA’s work at UIC Chicago has affected every part of campus from student residences master-planning to academic learning centers and laboratories.
RADA’s work at University of Chicago includes more than a dozen projects including academic and research and diagnostic spaces.
For Chicago Airports Residential Sound Insulation Program, one of the nation’s largest, RADA’s practice consistently performed and standardized implementation, impacting the lives of tens of thousands of households around the airports since 2001.
Impact was made on multiple sites for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Capital Improvement Program, repeatedly implementing work to the same high standards for more than 70 inner-city schools. RADA’s participation in the City of Chicago Department of Buildings Permit Review Program has speeded up the start and completion of more than 300 projects across the city.
RADA designs influence learning environments, student residences, teaching and research laboratories for colleges and universities. From compact urban campus planning to first prototypes of active learning classrooms and innovative student residences settings, RADA's style finds new identity and functionality that transform academic environments.
Open light filled spaces and references to nature establish an aspirational tone in RADA’s workplace environment designs. Creating neighborhoods of spaces, clear circulation and efficiencies are the foundation of their planning. Pride and identity, draw to collaborate and create are trademarks. The ability to reinvent existing buildings has led to midcentury high-rises rejuvenation projects, becoming catalysts for vitality and enhanced community use.
Advances in the medical field have led to increasing demand of both patient and work friendly environments. Rising costs of medical care and research require paramount attention to efficiency of planning with easy and sustainable operational solutions. All of the above have been trademark of RADA’s work in the field, ranging from science labs, to diagnostic and technology intensive areas in the hospital. RADA’s planning skills and sensitivity to enriching communities extends to master-planning of medical and research areas in the city of Chicago In particular the integration and vital connections in the Illinois Medical District.
RADA’s diverse practice embraces economy of planning, while forging a sense of identity and dignity. RADA’s work has had a wide impact – from the road testing laboratories innovation, to the adaptive reuse of schools that bring safety and sense of vitality, to the vast neighborhood programs for improving conditions in communities around the airports and on the South Side of Chicago. With sense of efficiency and practicality RADA has helped public agencies develop building standards – for better use of public funds toward capital improvement projects.
27 Dec 2016