MARTINA BACARELLA

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 worked for the New York City Landmarks Preservation Foundation and was a research assistant on the Landmarks of New York: Part II book project early in her career. Other early experience included working for an architecture firm specializing in exterior detailing, structural design and historic preservation in NYC. Highlights there included working as field architect during the restoration of the Church of Saint Luke and Saint Matthew in Brooklyn, NY.  She prepared measured drawings of existing conditions and reviewed field conditions and shop drawings for the restoration of slate and copper roofs, ornamental plaster and Tiffany stained glass windows. 

 

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 focused 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. 

​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.

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DAVID TRUITT

David is a designer and project coordinator at Martina Bacarella Architect, where he has been employed since December of 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Marywood University’s School of Architecture.

In his studies at Marywood and Keystone College, David studied a wide range of disciplines in architecture and studio arts. While at Marywood, he studied for a semester in Florence, Italy where he grew to appreciate the historic fabric of cities. Growing up and studying in the Scranton Area, he has also learned the importance of historic architecture in small cities. He has also studied historic processes in metalworking including blacksmithing and metal casting, as well as painting, sculpture, and figure drawing.

David has experience in residential construction under two general contractors where he has done renovations, repairs, and additions. This experience developed his understanding of conventional construction and has been invaluable in his work in the field.

While at Martina Bacarella Architect, David has expanded his skillset to include knowledge of classical design, exterior detailing, and millwork and interior design. Under the mentorship of Martina, he has been involved in every aspect of the design process including schematic design, design development, construction documents, and construction administration.

David’s general interests and hobbies include fine arts (painting and sculpture) as well as several outdoor adventure sports (hiking, running, rock climbing, mountain biking and snowboarding.) He has honed his skills in photography, graphic design and woodworking while working and studying in the field. He served one term as an elected Borough Councilperson for Factoryville Borough where he grew up. He has volunteered with various civic, religious, and educational organizations through the years.

David lives near Scranton, PA with his fianceé and their dog, where they share a painting studio.

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VINCENT SGARLATA

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, 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. 

In his studies, he has gained an extensive knowledge in various design software applications.  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 was born on Long Island but grew up and spent most of his life in North East Pennsylvania.  From young age he was fascinated with building and construction, playing in his sandbox and building things with his Lego sets.

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