TRA STUDIO architecture, PLLC, Managing and Creative Director
Robert Traboscia 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.
He started his professional career working at Rambush on the renovation and design of religious buildings, he then worked at Descon and Griswold Heckel Kelly Associates. He was a partner at Intell Design for four years, a firm specializing on Corporate Interiors, prior to starting a seven years association with Vignelli Design, where he was project designer and construction manager for numerous exhibit-like showrooms, including Kroin, all the Artemide Showrooms and the Vignelli Design Headquarters. He was an Associate for five years at Highland Associates, an A&E firm, where he contributed in the fast firm growth, from 2 to 50 employees.
He works tirelessly with not-for-profit clients, served on the Soho Community Board and coordinated the effort to prepare the Soho Master Plan effort led by Columbia University.
His passion for the “‘active” side of architecture and for developing operative solution through accessible means, 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 co-founded TRA studio with Caterina Roiatti in 1995.
Robert Traboscia’s enthusiastic and active interest in dynamic color and gestural art, explored in his “minimal pours”, combined with his practice in environmental design, has resulted in a clear and innovative approach in the expression of design concepts, fusing visionary, artistic and architectural experimentation in the fluidity of the design process. Working in the art world has become critical to his practice.