Elaine Baccaro

Elaine Baccaro

Pittsburgh, PA, US



              I am an architect from Brazil with background in landscape and interior design. I have a bachelor degree in architecture from “Universidade Mackenzie”, one of the most respected Universities in that country. I oriented my professional career in a way to allow myself to have consistent experience in different fields, which, as a result, gave me a holistic vision of the profession.

            I worked for small, detail oriented, interior design and architecture studios dealing with one of a kind residential and commercial projects but  I also worked for very structured landscape and architecture companies with a range of projects from 8-building beach resort to upscale urban condominiums and a museum and center for art exhibition. While having my own office, I collaborated with different colleagues to participate in architectural contests and to develop public, large size projects like parks and new urban settlements.

            I am a permanent resident that moved to the United States 10 years ago, first to Los Angeles, California, where I could work for a small studio.  From there, another move, this time to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

            Among my best skills, you can count on great teamwork practiced while working on large scale projects, excellent organization and time management, attention to detail and commitment to my tasks. Throughout my career, I was also committed to further developing my education studying botanics, updating my knowledge on the last software releases and learning other languages.



Macys Inc, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Merchandise Specialist / Visual

Merchandise specialist Aug/2012 – Present
Responsible for INC, a Macy’s private brand. As a merchandise specialist I implement the brand standards when placing the monthly collections and seasonal special trends, putting together looks and highlighting key pieces to generate and improve sales. Choosing the best fixtures, changing the floor lay out and creating special focal points on the main aisles to add interest to the area, while following the execution guide and ADA regulations, are some of the requirements. The attributions also include the organization of the stock room to quickly localize items to be sold on the floor or through fulfillment center, while keeping the safety.

Aug 2012 - current

Elaine Baccaro Design, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Architect

Self-employed architect developing mostly interior design and landscape projects, especially residential. My goal, besides finding the best way to fulfill the clients’ requests, is to make sure they are able to fully understand the proposal. Depending on the needs, the project can be presented using different tools, from hand sketches and AutoCAD plans to 3d models.

Jan 2010 - current

Human Nature Design Inc., Los Angeles, CA, US, Designer / Drafter

Development of plans and electronic models for new buildings and existent constructions (remodeling), putting together sets for approval on the city and other legal agencies. While there, I collaborated with my previous expertise in landscape design which became a new field to be marketed by the office.

Jan 2008 - Jul 2009

Elaine Baccaro Design, São Paulo, BR, Architect

As a self-employed architect working on the fields of interior and landscape design I had the opportunity to develop a range of commercial and residential projects developing detailed drawings to be used by specialists from cabinet makers to electricians to structural engineers.

Nov 2000 - Jan 2004

LTEC Architects, São Paulo, BR, Architect

As a small office we developed architecture, interior and landscape projects in different scales, from residences and small businesses to public projects for parks and new communities. These projects gave me the possibility to interact and coordinate with an array of professionals from technical to creative fields which later on was a valuable skill to be used in my career.

Nov 1998 - Nov 2000

Benedito Abbud Arquitetura Paisagistica, São Paulo, BR, Architect

Responsible for developing landscape projects in their different phases, from the creative process to the final constructive details, material choices and botanic specification, especially for new commercial and residential buildings but also small, detail oriented projects like private residences and upscale condominiums.

Apr 1994 - Oct 1998

Jorge Wilheim Consultores Associados, São Paulo, BR, Junior Architect

Part of the team that developed the project for the “Paço das Artes” Cultural Center (area of 40.000 m2 =~430.000 sq. ft.), a new center for art exhibitions, and the preliminary plans for an Opera Theater at Park Villa Lobos (area of 27.000 m2 = ~290.000 sq. ft.) both in São Paulo, Brazil.

Oct 1991 - Mar 1994


Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) - Green Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, US , Green Construction - Certificate Program

Sustainable Design and Green Construction.
Series of thematic classes highlighting concepts, technics and materials to achieve a more sustainable construction.

Oct 2012 - Nov 2012

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens / CCAC, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Sustainable Landscape Practices - Certificate Program

Sustainable and environmentally friendly landscape practices.

Feb 2012 - Apr 2012

West Valley Occupational Center, Los Angeles, CA, US, CAD Design Technician

AutoCAD Architectural Drafting

Jan 2007 - Dec 2008

Unifieo, São Paulo, BR, Masters, Specialization Urban/Environmental Design

Urban/Environmental Design - Lato Sensu
Case Study: Rodoanel and its impact on the region

Jan 1999 - Dec 1999

Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo, BR, BArch, Architecture and Urban Planning

Jan 1985 - Dec 1989

Areas of Specialization