Motivated by an excitement for the creative possibilities abound in architecture and design, Lucien began his career in the field of architecture in 1998. Lucien attended Parsons School of Design, where he was awarded a merit scholarship, and explored the progressive concepts that drive modern-day design. After receiving his Masters of Architecture in 2003, Lucien continued to develop his proficiency in the practical side of high-end residential architecture while working at the firms of Nicholas Petschek Architect in New York City and Granoff Architects in Greenwich Connecticut.
In 2006 Lucien founded Lucien Vita Design, a firm committed to understanding his client’s vision and lending a modern look to the traditional architecture of the area.
After eight years of producing original works and achieving a number of awards and publications, the team of Lucien Vita design has grown to include the influence of other highly talented architects and designers, finding incredible creative potential in the collaboration of our clients’ ideas and designers’ expertise. In 2014, the company rebranded itself as Vita Design Group to affirm its belief in the importance of this collaborative process.
As principal of Vita Design Group, Lucien enjoys working with clients and associates to find new ways to express ideas and identity through architectural design. As a resident of Westport Connecticut, Lucien is passionate about contributing to the beauty of the town and its identity as an artistic community. He and his wife and 2 children enjoy participating in the community, and short excursions to discover the charms of neighboring towns and cities.
Gary attended his first year of Architecture school at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, and later received his Bachelor’s of Architecture degree from Roger Williams University School of Architecture in Rhode Island. Gaining much of his experience at Mark P. Finlay Architects in Southport, CT as a Senior Design Associate, he worked on both commercial and custom residential projects throughout the country. Since Gary joined the group in 2012, we recognize his strength is in his understanding of architecture across many styles, and enthusiasm for pushing the envelope in design. While he manages all aspects of VDG’s residential and commercial projects, his favorite days are spent buried in piles of trace paper working through a new design.
Jennifer moved from Brighton, MI to the East Coast in 2008. She established herself quickly as an architectural associate at Mark P. Finlay Architects in Southport, CT and worked on numerous residential projects in the CT area. In 2013, she was a welcomed addition to Vita Design Group, due to her ability to multitask and orchestrate various aspects of the group’s projects. She holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Before joining Vita Design Group in 2013, Mark worked for over a decade for Benienfeld Architecture in New Rochelle, NY as a draftsman and IT manager. It was there that he got the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects in both commercial and residential design. Mark is proficient in 3D modeling and architectural renderings. He understands building regulations and their impact on the interior and exterior design of a property. Daily, Mark is responsible for creating sets of highly detailed construction documents. These drawings are considered a pivotal component in executing a construction contract and provide the contractor with a guide to build the project at hand. He holds an Associate of Arts in Architectural Technology from Alfred State College.
With over a decade of experience in the publishing and finance world, organizing events and executive planning, Cynthia joined our team as Marketing Director in 2013. She manages Vita Design Group’s print media and online presence. Drawing on her respect for beautiful spaces, she also assists in the research of interior selections for the design group. We appreciate her attention to detail in every aspect of her position. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.
Dave is a Fairfield County native and has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry. Early in his career, Dave served as a carpenter and worked his way up through numerous positions, until his success as a project manager enabled him to start his own company, New England Coastal Builders. His many years of working with Vita Design Group led him to merge forces and become the Construction Principal of their Design/Build division. His experience includes high profile, large-scale new construction and renovation projects. Dave maintains an unwavering commitment to support clients’ needs and he has the vision and expertise to deliver innovative solutions. He lives by the motto there are “no problems only solutions”. His main objective as the Construction Principal for Vita Design Group is to ensure that the project stays on schedule and within budget. He handles the coordination of all subcontractors and brings VDG’s creative cutting edge designs to life for clients through various building techniques. Dave’s work has been featured in an assortment of publications and he has won multiple HOBI awards recognizing his excellence in home construction.