TRA STUDIO architecture, PLLC was founded in 1997 and combines the strengths of Robert Traboscia, an environmental designer and an artist and Caterina Roiatti, an architect educated in France, Italy and the United States. Their collaboration draws from their prior experience in leading projects, varied in type, scale and geographical location and informs TRA’s interdisciplinary project approach and diversified portfolio.
Caterina and Bob met while at Vignelli Associates, with whom they still collaborate, working on complete identity projects; that experience assists them in designing spaces that are both TRA’s as well as they depict the client’s brand.
CATERINA ROIATTI, AIA, NCARB
Principal, Co-Chair of the AIA New York Historic Buildings Committee.
Caterina co-founded, in 1995 with Robert Traboscia, TRA studio Architecture PLLC, a firm that as implied in the name, strives to find the equilibrium between design and functional constraints, working in between all the disciplines and across all scales. Caterina has been Co-Chair of the AIANY Historic Buildings Committee since 2012 and serves on the AIANY Exhibition Committee.
Prior to opening her own firm, she worked at Vignelli Associates, Pei Cobb Fredd and Partners and Fox Pedersen Conway. Caterina received her Doctor in Architecture Degree from the IUAV Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia in Italy and her Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, which she attended as a Fulbright Scholar.
Managing and Creative Director
Robert graduated from the Parsons School of Design, where he later also taught, with a degree in Environmental Design, a multidisciplinary program whose approach still informs his work and the studio’s philosophy. His unusually broad background, passion for the “‘active” side of architecture, his negotiating skills and ability to motivate people, greatly assists the studio in collaborating with clients and contractors and, ultimately, in getting complex projects realized.
He personally writes all the contracts, which hew sees as the first phase of any project.