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TRA Studio Architecture PLLC



TRA: Latin for ahead of, or in the midst of things; simultaneously the edge and the link to beyond. TRA studio is the New York and Venice based firm led by Caterina Roiatti, AIA, and Robert Traboscia. TRA explores transdiciplinarity, finding the equilibrium between art and design, cultural and practical constraints, uncovering opportunities for innovative but programmatic interventions. We strive to achieve surprisingly simple and meaningful built design our solutions that enhance the client’s values and vision, promotes the user’s self esteem and strives to solve society’s  collective challenges; we call it “design with integrity’.


At TRA, we believe that architecture can transform, both our environment and our behavior. The Studio’s experimental attitude searches for the balance between the operational and conceptual space, developing environments that are unforgettable yet performative, remaining always, site-specific, responsive to the current conditions and cost effective. Our diverse body of work, for diverse clients, spans a wide range of projects, including new construction, modular challenging buildings, additions, adaptive re-use, contemporary restorations, commercial and residential interiors. Since 1995, the firm has worked with leading cultural Institutions, art foundations, global corporations, international fashion labels, nonprofit organizations as well as developers and private clients.  


TRA strives to achieve built design that is coherent, concise and meaningful, obtaining extraordinary results with minimum consumption. We use computation not to enhance image, but materiality, our studio is not a “shop”, rather, we know how to build; we see the execution as part of the design, in the pursuit of technical achievement as well as enduring beauty, as proven in the longevity and resale value of our spaces. Our work always strives to transcends expectations.


TRA embraces the responsibility that comes with working in the Historic Districts, where the interventions will likely last and have a reaching effect on the city and its users; from interiors to new buildings the sum of the singular interventions, rises at the urban scale as part of the larger fabric, becoming neighborhood enhancing.  The studio’s work in the historic districts, has defined our own brand of contextualism, where content and context inform each other and the contradictions between old and new are the generator of creative processes.



TRA received the Regina Kellerman Award from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and was selected as a top finalist in the Grand Army Plaza Competition in 2008. TRA’s projects have been featured in several publications including the, New York Times, Architectural Record, the AIA Guide to New York City, 101 Cool Buildings: the best of New York City Architecture, Masterpieces: Roof Architecture+ Design, the Real Deal, New American Luxury  and Design Bureau Magazine.

 TRA STUDIO Architecture PLLC, founded in 1997, is an evolving design platform , with an international staff of architects , artists and designers dedicated to a diverse range of projects


106 Franklin Street 3rd Fl
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013-2910
Tel: 212-966-2732
Fax: 646-918-7826


Caterina Roiatti

Firm Established



Caterina Roiatti, AIA

Robert Traboscia, Founder, Design and Managing Director


Architects: 2
Interior Designers: 1
Other Technical: 6

Total: 9


Women Business Enterprise

Example Projects

New York Academy of Arts; 
Tribeca, new york 
Completed: 2016
2001: Loft Building Reconstruction 2002: Public Areas 14,000 SF 2008: Rooftop Addition 8,800 SF 2009: First Floor Expansion 2015: Master Plan 2016: Restoration,Infrastructure 2017: Building additiom

72 Mercer; 
72 Mercer LLC 
SoHo, New YorkCity 
Completed: 2008
New Mixed use complex in Landmarked District 72 Mercer Street - 6 stories 501 Broadway Condominium 501 Broadway 7 Stories, 42,000 SF New Mixed Use Building Client: 501 Broadway LLC, 2000 - 2008

Loft 25; 
Chelsea, New York City 
Completed: 2009
Loft 25 Condominium 418 West 25 Street 410 West 25 Street Chelsea, New York City 9 Stories, 112,000 SF, 79 Units Loft Building Renovation and New Addition

Bond NoHo; 
Soleimani Development 
NoHo New York City 
Completed: 2010
Bond NoHo Hotel 8-12 Bond Street 372 Lafayette Street NoHo, New York City 7 Stories, 43,000 SF 50 Room Hotel & Retail Client: Ben Soleimani and Frank Shahery, 2006 - 2010 Proposal

Z+R showroom; 
D&D Building, new york city 
Completed: 2009
Zimmer + Rohde Group Showroom 909 Third Avenue Designers and Decorators Building New York City 11,500 SF Fabric Showrooms Client: Zimmer+Rohde, 2009

173 West Broadway; 
Jonjon Rufino 
Tribeca, New York City 
Completed: 2016
Tribeca townLofts 173 West Broadway Restoration, Adaptive Reuse 6,000 sf, Mixed Use Building Client: JonJon Rufino

173 McDougal Lofts; 
Property Markets Group 
Washington Square New York City 
Completed: 2009
171-173 McDougal Greenwich Village, New York City 42,000 sf, Mixed Use Loft Building, Reconstruction and Adaptative Reuse Client: PMG, Property Markets Group, 2004-2009

336 East 112th Street; 
Gotham LP 
Harlem New York 
Completed: 2018
New 24 Units Condominium Building

128 East 28th ; 
Murray Hill, New York City 
Completed: 2018
New Mixed Use 8 stories Condominium

22 Mercer Lofts; 
Property Markets Group 
SoHo New York City 
Completed: 2008
20-22 Mercer 443-445 Broadway SoHo, New York City 60,000 sf, Mixed Use Loft Building Restoration, Adaptative Reuse and Penthouse Addition Client: PMG, Property Markets Group, 2008

Petro Development 
Treadmill District New York City 
Completed: 2017
Townhouse and Coach House Rerconstruction,,Addition and Residential Interiors

Type of Work

Educational Facilities
Exhibition Design
Historic Preserv./Restoration
Office Building/Commercial
Residential (Multi-Unit)
Residential (Single Family)
Zoning/Building Comp

171 MacDougal - Photography: Luca Vignelli

44 Mercer - Photography: Luca Vignelli

251 West 61st Street


AIA New York Chapter
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(212) 683-0023

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