Architectural Team

  • Mary Allen

    Mary Allen

    Architectural Associate

    A Connecticut native, Mary Allen is a project manager for the firm.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Connecticut and her Master of Architecture from Syracuse University.  During her studies, she was able to spend semesters studying in Florence and London, respectively.  

    Before joining MPF Architects, Mary worked as a project manager for Kenneth Park Architects in New York City, where she coordinated and produced construction documents for international retail brands.  Mary brings experience in residential architecture from her previous work with other local residential firms. 

  • Matthew Balkey

    Matthew Balkey

    Architectural Associate

    As a member of the design and production teams, Matthew Balkey assists in drawing production for residential buildings. 

    Raised in Pennsylvania, Matthew’s architectural ambitions were kindled in 7th grade after reading the book entitled “Mansions of the Virginia Gentry.”  He attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Architecture and dual concentrations in Historic Preservation and Architectural Practice and Enterprise. 

    In the course of his studies he participated in a UNESCO project to document Mughal tombs in India, was a founding member of the Students for Classical Architecture, and studied in Rome for a year.  While living and traveling throughout Europe, Matthew’s favorite sites included the German baroque masterpieces of Balthasar Neumannand and Asamkirche in Munich. Prior to joining MPF Architects, Matthew interned for Astorino and Albert A. Drobka in Pennsylvania.

  • Kelsey Brennan

    Kelsey Brennan

    Architectural Associate 

    Kelsey Brennan joined MPF Architects as an Architectural Associate and works primarily on the production team.

    Kelsey came to MPF Architects after graduating from the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture with a concentration in Architectural Practice and Enterprise.  She spent a year abroad in Rome, studying Classical Architecture and travelling throughout Europe.  Kelsey played for the school’s club lacrosse team and still participates in several local sports leagues.  Prior to joining the firm, Kelsey was an intern at Indiana Landmarks Society in Indianapolis.

  • Brian Dennison

    Brian Dennison

    Architectural Associate

    Brian Dennison joined MPF Architects in 2010 and is a project manager for the firm. His current responsibilities include drawing production and construction administration for residences in the local area and a new project in South Carolina.

    Prior to joining MPF, Brian worked at the firms of Sutton Yantis Associate Architects and Randall Mars, where he gained valuable experience working on high-end custom residences around the greater Washington D.C. area. Brian received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee. 

  • Charles Fazekas

    Charles Fazekas

    Senior Architectural Associate, IT Professional

    Charles Fazekas joined MPF Architects in 2000. As a project manager for the firm, he is responsible for the production and construction administration of residential and commercial projects. 

    Charles has over ten years of experience in Information Technology and also manages all IT for the firm.  Charles attended Waterbury State Technical College, where he received an Associate Degree in CADD Engineering Technology. 

  • Joan Fish

    Joan Fish

    Architectural Associate

    A project manager for the firm, Joan Fish oversees production of residential projects.  Joan brings valuable experience from previous careers at several firms, including AECOM in New York City, (where she worked on the World Trade Center Transporation Hub), Steffian Bradley Architects in Enfield, Connecticut, and Blackstone Block Architects in Boston Massachusetts. Joan is also a LEED Accredited Professional in Building and Construction. 

    Joan graduated from Brown University with a degree in Architectural Studies and received her Master of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.  She is from Hawaii and enjoys vacationing on the island with her family. 

  • Brandt Jobst

    Brandt Jobst


    Brandt is a Connecticut native and architect for MPF Architects. He graduated from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, where he received a Bachelor of Architecture and minored in the History of Art and Architecture. Prior to joining MPF Architects, Brandt worked for Wiles Architects as a Designer, Project Architect and BIM Coordinator, where he gained extensive experience in educational, vocational, assisted living and religious projects. In 2014, after construction was completed on a large church that Brandt was acutely involved in, it was awarded the AIA Connecticut People's Choice Award.

    Brandt lives in Fairfield with his wife, Janet, and their three boys. He views architecture as the ultimate art form, deeply transforming and impacting the living environment. Brandt is a registered architect in the State of Connecticut and a member of the American Institute of Architects


  • Alexandra Kennis

    Alexandra Kennis

    Architectural Intern

    Alexandra graduated from Greens Farms Academy in 2015. During summers prior to graduation, Alexandra traveled to Paris, Florence and Rome to study classical architecture. She also completed an "Introduction to Architectural Design And Theory" at Columbia University. Prior to her internship at MPFA, Alexandra interned for two years at Roger Ferris + Partners.

    Alexandra is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Architecture at The University of Maryland.

  • Bryan Kocher

    Bryan Kocher

    Architectural Associate

    Bryan Kocher serves as a project manager for local residential and commercial projects.  Bryan is originally from Philadelphia and received a Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University.

    Prior to joining the firm, Bryan worked on commercial projects at J. Stevens and Associates in Glenside, Pennsylvania.  He then gained experience in high-end custom home design at Stokes Architecture in Philadelphia.  Bryan is a LEED Accredited Professional.   

  • Maureen Kokorda

    Maureen Kokorda

    Senior Architectural Associate

    Maureen started at MPF Architects as an intern while attending Wellesley College.  She graduated cum laude from Wellesley with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, which included coursework at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

    Maureen’s enthusiasm for architecture was cultivated through her time spent living abroad, during which she enjoyed exploring Europe’s medieval towns.  As a senior associate, Maureen is an integral part of the interior architecture team.  

  • Ted Leviss

    Ted Leviss

    Architectural Associate

    Ted Leviss is a Fairfield native and joined MPF Architects originally in 1999. Previous to that, Ted work for Connecticut architecture firms Newman Architects and Kagan Architects and Planners.

    After five years with MPF Architects, Ted took a twelve year hiatus from the East Coast. During that time, he earned his Master’s degree in Architecture and worked at a number of California-based firms. Starting in San Diego, Ted worked for Kim Grant Designs and SVA Architects, and then moved to Los Angeles to work for Marmol-Radziner. In 2001, he left Marmol-Radziner to help establish and grow Walker Workshop Design Build.

    Ted has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and a Master’s from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design and has studied in Italy and Denmark.

    Ted is a LEED AP and a licensed general contractor and he lives in Fairfield with his wife and children.

  • Matt Lian

    Matt Lian

    Senior Architectural Associate

    Matt Lian joined MPF Architects in 2001.  As a project manager, he is responsible for the design, drawing production, and construction administration of several large residential projects throughout New England. 

    Matt graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.  While at school, Matt was a member of the American Institute of Architecture Students and an avid volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. His work with the program began when he worked on several projects in New Haven, Connecticut, while still in high school at Fairfield Prep.

  • Matthew McMaster

    Matthew McMaster

    Architectural Associate

    Matthew McMaster joined the firm in 2007 as an intern.  After graduating from Hobart College with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, he began working full-time for the firm.  Matt took time off to complete his Master of Architecture and recently returned after his graduation from Syracuse University.

  • Massimo Pellegrini

    Massimo Pellegrini

    Architectural Intern

    Massimo is an intern with MPF Architects. Raised in Fairfield, Connecticut, Massimo attended Kent School, in Kent, Connecticut. In 2014, he completed his freshman year at the Virginia Military Institute, where he studied Civil Engineering and played inside linebacker for the VMI Keydets football team. During his time at VMI, he was a member of the Timber Framer's Guild and the men's capella group.

    Massimo will return to school at Parsons: The New School for Design to study architecture in fall 2015. Massimo's favorite creative minds include Charles and Ray Eames, Victoria Hagan and Steven Gambrel, among others. 

  • Maverick Shaw

    Maverick Shaw

    Architectural Intern

    Maverick is an intern with MPF Architects.

    A former professional snowboarder, Maverick attended Stratton Mountain School, an elite winter sports school in Stratton, Vermont. Taking an interest in building from his father, the owner of Shaw Builders, Maverick has taken on an internship role with Mark Finlay Architects in hopes of narrowing down his study options before embarking on his journey to college in the fall of 2016.


  • Deborah Szabo

    Deborah Szabo

    Senior Interior Designer

    Deborah Szabo is a longstanding associate of the MPF Architects team and has been here since she joined the firm in 1994.  As a senior associate, Debbie provides expertise in interior architectural design of residential and commercial projects. 

    Debbie began her education at Becker Junior College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she received an Associate Degree in Interior Design. Continuing her studies, Debbie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from Winthrop University in South Carolina (an accredited FIDER/CIDA university). Debbie is also certified by the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). 

    An avid photographer, Debbie enjoys traveling - to locations as distant as New Zealand - and discovering new inspirations that contribute to her architectural work. 

  • Garrett Young

    Garrett Young

    Architectural Associate

    Originally from Massachusetts, Garrett Young is part of the production team and works primarily on residential buildings. 

    Garrett attended the University of Hartford in Connecticut and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.  During his studies, Garrett was the Treasurer of the American Institute of Architectural Students (AIAS) and an intern at Littleton Electric Light Department.  Garrett enjoys living within close proximity to his favorite city, New York, and benefiting from all the cultural activities the city offers to creative minds. 

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