Mark P. Finlay, AIA
President & CEO
Mark P. Finlay, President and founder of the firm, received an Associate Degree in Architectural Engineering from the Wentworth Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He then continued his studies at the University of Kentucky at Lexington, where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture Degree and won top honors for architectural design. During his last semester at the University of Kentucky he traveled to Europe, primarily Paris and Venice, to further his studies in architecture. Upon his return to the U.S., Finlay went on to work for the firm of Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates in Hamden, Connecticut for seven years.
In 1984, Finlay established Mark P. Finlay Architects, AIA. As principal and senior designer of the firm, he oversees and personally directs the design and execution of each of the firm’s projects. Since its opening, Finlay’s work has been recognized by numerous awards and widely published in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Golf Digest and Town & Country, among other leading national and regional publications. The firm’s work has been featured in many books including Architect Russell Versaci’s “Roots of Home,” released in 2008.
Finlay is a registered architect in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architecture and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America.
Finlay and his wife Jeanne have four children and reside in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Robert J. Devore
Robert DeVore has been with Mark P. Finlay Architects since its founding year in 1984. Originally from Fairfield, Connecticut, DeVore attended the Chester Institute for Technical Education in Stratford, Connecticut. After graduating in 1975, he went on to work for Melville Corporation, a national retail design firm, for three years. He then worked at Kasper & Associates from 1978 until 1981, where he was involved in various residential and commercial projects. In 1981, DeVore began a three-year period at Valus & Carpenter, during which he worked on residential projects.
DeVore joined Mark P. Finlay Architects shortly after its establishment in 1984 and was named Partner and Head of Production in 1985. He is a registered architect in the state of Connecticut.
DeVore lives in Fairfield, Connecticut and has two children.
Joseph P. Mulligan
Joseph P. Mulligan is one of the four Partners at Mark P. Finlay Architects. Originally from Stratford, Connecticut, he graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York. After graduation, he worked at A. J. Palmieri Architects & Associates, where he spent ten years working primarily on small scale commercial properties. From there he moved to Kasper Associates for three years as the Director of Architecture and Engineering for many small and large scale commercial projects.
Mulligan joined Mark P. Finlay Architects in 1999 and was named partner in 2005. Today, he leads the firm’s technical teams in residential and commercial projects. He is a registered architect in the state of Connecticut.
Mulligan lives in Stratford, Connecticut with his wife Donna and three sons.
Jay L. Valade
Jay L. Valade Jr. has been with Mark P. Finlay Architects full time since 1987. Originally from Trumbull, Connecticut, Valade attended the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture in South Bend, Indiana where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture Degree in 1987. During his studies, Valade took part in the University’s year-long Rome Studies Program in Italy. Upon returning to the United States, he took an internship at Mark P. Finlay Architects as he continued with his university studies.
After graduation, Valade joined Mark P. Finlay Architects full time as an Architectural Associate. In 2005, he was named Partner. As Senior Designer, Valade leads the firm’s design teams for various residential and commercial projects. He is a registered architect in the state of Connecticut.
Valade lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with his wife and two children.