Architectural Team

  • Brandt Jobst

    Brandt Jobst


    Brandt is a Connecticut native and architect for Mark P. Finlay Architects. He graduated from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and minored in the History of Art and Architecture. Prior to joining Mark P. Finlay 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.

  • 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


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

    After five years with MPFA, 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 has recently returned to 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.

  • Deborah Szabo

    Deborah Szabo

    Architectural 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. 

  • Ryan T. Ralston

    Ryan T. Ralston


    Ryan T. Ralston was raised in Fairfield with roots going back to Colonial America in the Sherwood and Burr lineages. An alumnus of Fairfield Prep and Carnegie Mellon University, he graduated undergrad with college honors, having received a Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Business Administration. Before joining Mark P. Finlay Architects, Ryan work on high-end residential and leisure club projects for Christopher Pagliaro Architects (formerly PBS Architects) in Darien and Sawyer|Berson Architecture & Landscape in New York City. He currently works as an Architect at MPFA, preparing design presentations, construction documents, and managing construction administration.

    Ryan is a Registered Architect in; CT, NY, RI, NJ, MA, and DC. In his leisure time, he enjoys backcountry backpacking, hiking, Formula 1, traveling domestically and abroad, and generally anything that involves spending time outside. He has lived in Black Rock, Norwalk, Jersey City, Pittsburgh, and currently resides in Fairfield with his wife Meagan.

  • Ryan Humiston

    Ryan Humiston

    Architectural Associate

    Ryan is a Fairfield native and architectural associate for Mark P. Finlay Architects. He graduated from Keene State College in Keene New Hampshire, where he received a bachelor’s degree in architecture. Prior to joining Mark P. Finlay Architects Ryan interned in the New England area where he gained experience and knowledge of the architecture world.

  • Fabiana Baker

    Fabiana Baker

    Architectural Associate

    Fabiana moved to the US shortly after graduating from Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she received a Bachelor's degree in Architecture. She worked several years in New Canaan, CT for an architectural firm and then for MHH, an interior designer. She then gained experience in high-end custom residential projects at Forehand + Lake in Fairfield, CT.  She lives in Norwalk, CT with her husband and daughter.

  • Beverly McCarthy

    Beverly McCarthy

    Architectural Associate

    Originally from Washington State, Beverly moved to Connecticut after graduation. She recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Architecture and a concentration in Furniture Design. While still at school, Beverly participated in the Rome Studies program and spent a year abroad in Rome, travelling around Italy studying traditional architecture.

    Prior to joining MPF, Beverly interned at a high-end residential architecture firm in Florida and a commercial interiors and residential architecture firm in New York. Now she resides in Connecticut and frequently explores the East Coast with her family and friends.

  • Andrew Vaccarelli

    Andrew Vaccarelli

    Architectural Associate

    Originally from Prospect, CT, Andrew received a Master’s degree in Architecture from Roger Williams University in 2019. Prior to starting at MFA, he worked at BSC Services, LLC in Wallingford for 6 years developing cognitive skills in commercial construction processes as well as adopting a hands-on work ethic.  

    Andrew maintains a continuous experiential pursuit of greater knowledge and desire to create, formulating his passion for architectural design. 

  • Casey Ray

    Casey Ray

    Architectural Associate

    Casey was born and raised in Poland, ME before moving to Bristol, RI for college, where he attended Roger Williams University. Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and minor in Sustainability Studies, he continued on to receive master’s degree in architecture.  Upon graduation, he moved to Connecticut to work for Amenta|Emma Architects in Hartford, CT, where he worked on many higher education and mixed use projects throughout the state.

    Casey lives in Bethany, CT with his wife, Rachel and daughters, Finley and Avery.


  • Mary K. Cavazos

    Mary K. Cavazos

    Landscape Designer

    Mary Kokorda Cavazos is a Landscape Designer on the MPFA team, creating the outdoor spaces where people form their most cherished memories. Mary earned her Master of Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont. She views Landscape Architecture as the confluence of ecology, design, and human experience. 

    Over the past several years she has worked for an engineering firm, a plant nursery, and as a landscape designer for Pellettieri Associates in New Hampshire, developing concepts and planting plans for lakefront vacation homes. She is thrilled to be back in Fairfield County where she grew up.

    Mary enjoys painting, cooking, exploring walking trails, and fishing - all activities that inform her relationship to the landscape. She and her husband live in Monroe with their family.



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