Martina was born in Italy and immigrated to the United States when she was 6 years old. She grew up in Queens and Long Island, New York. Her father was a general contractor and mason by trade in Italy and New York and she worked for him writing his proposals when she was a teenager. She has lived in 3 of the 5 boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn), and now lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 cats in a home that they restored.
Martina Bacarella is an AIA, and NCARB member and is the founding principal of Martina Bacarella Architect, a firm she founded in Brooklyn, NY in 2001. She has lived and practiced in northeast Pennsylvania since 2004 and serves as the president of the board of the Architectural Heritage Association of NEPA, as a trustee of the Waverly Community House, and as board member of the NEPA American Institute of Architects.
Martina has been in the architecture field since she graduated from the University of Virginia School of Architecture in 1990. She is licensed to practice architecture in New York and Pennsylvania and has experience in every aspect of the planning, design and execution of new construction and historic building restoration.
She has a true appreciation and love for classical details, proportion and order and this informs her own approach to design and technical detailing. She has extensive experience specializing in historic preservation and high-end residential design that focuses on traditional and classical detailing.
Martina works with developers, hotel owners, co-op, non-profit community oriented organizations, condominium boards, and private clients both in Northeast, PA and NYC always paying special attention to the details and the client's input, whether the project was traditional or modern in design.
Vincent was born on Long Island but grew up and spent most of his life in Northeast Pennsylvania. From young age he was fascinated with building and construction, playing in his sandbox with toy construction vehicles and building things with his Lego sets, mostly Star Wars related.
He began studying architecture in high school while taking hand drafting, AutoCAD drawing classes and 3D modeling classes using Revit and Rhino. In his college studies, he continued to apply his knowledge of drawing and modeling while learning the fundamentals of architecture and spacial design through physical and technological drawing and modeling. While working at MBA he has broadened his knowledge and understanding of architecture and has been exposed to different aspects of architecture including building construction and project management.
Vincent graduated from Boston Architectural College in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. He also holds an Associates in Architecture degree from Northampton Community College.
Prior to joining Martina Bacarella Architect full time in summer of 2020, he interned during his summer and winter college breaks. He has also worked on the Boston Architectural College's Gateway program on a number of real-world design projects including Norfolk County Agricultural School and the Friends of Fellsmere Heights.
While working for Martina Bacarella Architect he has gained an appreciation of historic preservation, classical details and methods of construction.
Juan was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. He was influenced by the construction field by his father, who was a construction worker in Colombia. He found an appreciation for architecture after falling in love with sculpting, ceramics, and graphic illustration, which he developed during high school with techniques such as oil painting and graffiti.
Juan began studying sculpting and ceramics at the University of the Andes in Colombia where he discovered his love for architecture. After studying the history of art and culture, he changed his major to architecture. During his time at the University, he worked as an intern for a French firm based in Colombia. There he became passionate about working with recycled materials and environmentally friendly building systems as he learned about the impact of construction and restoration.
Juan graduated from the University of the Andes in 2017 with a Bachelor of Architecture with focus in Interior design and Architecture History. Juan also has a degree as BIM Architect and an art degree in Graphic Illustration from the University of the Andes.
Before joining Martina Bacarella Architect, Juan worked for interior design firms based in Colombia. There he had a hand in the construction of several buildings, ranging from small residences to university complexes.
He joined Martina Bacarella Architect at the end of 2022 where he was able to develop his experience in design in a different country, learning about different design and construction styles.
Lauren was born in South Central Pennsylvania who now lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania. From a young age, Lauren was fascinated with architecture and construction. Her father is a carpenter who specializes in custom cabinetry and home renovations which inspired Lauren to pursue her interests in architecture and design.
Lauren began taking drafting classes in high school where she first developed skills in AutoCAD and Revit. In her early years of college, she practiced hand drafting and model building. She then took a special interest in lighting design and adaptive reuse classes. In 2022, Lauren traveled to Italy for a semester abroad where she learned to design in the heart of Florence. There she learned about many different aspects of Italian culture, architecture, and traditional villa and garden design.
Lauren will graduate with her Bachelor’s of Architecture from Marywood University in May 2023. She is passionate about adaptive reuse, historic preservation, and sustainable design. She began working for Martina Bacarella Architect in December of 2022. As the newest member of the team, she enjoys learning about the historic preservation process and has deepened her appreciation for classical detail and traditional building methods.