The business of architecture can seem like an endless race. We compete for projects, ideas, and attention, while turning visions into reality. We lead and follow our clients forcefully and gently, creatively and practically. Architecture can be a life lived on the edge. We succeed and stay in the race because we are leaders. Our mission to change people’s lives for the better is injected into our blood. That spark formed in my blood the moment I realized what my architect father did. I followed.
– Rada Doytcheva, PhD, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
RADA’s work at UIC Chicago has affected every part of campus from masterplanning student residences to designing academic learning centers and laboratories.
RADA’s work at The University of Chicago includes academic, research and diagnostic spaces.
For the Chicago Airports Residential Sound Insulation Program – one of the nation’s largest – RADA consistently performed and standardized implementation, improving the lives of tens of thousands of households around the city’s airports since 2001.
RADA worked on multiple sites for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Capital Improvement Program, implementing work to consistently high standards for more than 70 inner-city schools. RADA’s code compliance reviews for the City of Chicago Department of Buildings Building Permit Program, expedited the start and completion of more than 300 projects across the city.
RADA’s work influences learning environments, student residences, teaching and research laboratories. RADA establishes new identities and functionality with compact urban campus planning, prototypes of active learning and innovative student living.
Open, light-filled spaces and references to nature establish an aspirational tone in RADA’s workplace environment designs. Creating neighborhoods of spaces with clear circulation and efficiencies form the foundation of their planning. Pride and identity that draw people to collaborate and create are hallmarks of RADA work. The firm’s work includes a series of mid-century high-rise rejuvenation projects that are catalysts for vitality and enhanced community use.
Advances in the medical field have led to increasing demand for 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 these are a hallmark of RADA’s work in the field, ranging from designs for science labs to diagnostic- and technology-intensive areas in the hospital. RADA’s planning skills and sensitivity to enriching communities extends to masterplanning medical and research areas in the city of Chicago, particularly 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. The firm’s work has had a wide impact in the sphere of government projects: from road testing laboratories to adaptive reuse of schools and improvements whole communities around the airports and on the city’s South Side. With efficiency and practicality, RADA has assisted public agencies in developing building standards to maximize the use of public funds in capital improvement projects.
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