Our People

Barry Thalden

Founder, Chairman Emeritus

Barry Thalden has over 40 years of experience as an architect and an artist, and
specializes in the design of hotels and casinos. Based in the Las Vegas office, Barry works
with many of the major casino and hotel owners. He has worked with outstanding
companies both in gaming and in hotel and resorts including Hyatt, Marriott, MGM
Mirage, Holiday Inns Worldwide, Radisson, Caesar’s, Harrah’s, Players International,
Hilton and Donald Trump. He has been moderator and keynote speaker at national
conventions held throughout North America, as well as the author of articles published
in the gaming and resort industry’s leading magazines. He has been honored by being
listed in “ Who’s who in America” and “ Who’s who in the World” in recognition of his

Chief Boyd

CEO + Prinicpal

Chief Boyd has extensive experience in a variety of native American projects beginning in 1963 with the Cherokee Cultural Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Chief has worked with 101 tribes across the country and is one of the most well known native American architects. He is the official architect to the Cherokee national Historical Society and has held that position since 1964. Chief has been actively involved with his tribe(Cherokee) for over 45 years and is presently the Secretary of the cherokee national Historical Society.

Rich Emery

President + Design Principal

Richard Emery, NCARB, is president of the firm. After earning his architecture degree from Kansas University, He joined the company in 1982 and leads Design and Production for all projects in the office. His design talent has inspired the firm in its design of award winning projects throughout the years. In the past 32 years, Rich has designed hotels and casinos in gaming markets throughout North American and overseas. His design talent has inspired the firm to create designs of award winning projects throughout the years. Aside from his vast knowledge in casino and resort design, Rich has been at the cutting edge of CADD technology and Building Information Modeling (BIM). With his extensive experience in fast-track and phasing, Rich has designed projects collectively worth over several billion dollars.

Nick Schoenfeldt

Vice President + Principal

Nick graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Architecture. Throughout his career, he has specialized in hotel design. He built a vast portfolio of projects including restaurants and casinos. His background with design-build experience enables him to synthesize the furniture, finishes and architectural elements into a cohesive whole. Prior to joining TBE Architects, he worked with the former owner of the Adam’s Mark Hotel chain. He has successfully led more than 20 casino/hotel projects in the last 10 years.

David Nejelski

Creative Director + Principal

David received his Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University. He came to the firm as a Jr. Designer working under the direction of Rich Emery, and is now the Director of Design. In his past 18 years with the firm, David has designed hotels and casinos in many of the gaming markets throughout the United States and Canada. Much of his work has focused on unique theme and entertainment concepts from inception through development. David has designed projects worth $400M.

Dave Collins

Landscape Architect

Dave is a registered Landscape Architect. In his 32 years working for TBE Architects, he has collaborated on a wide range of projects including commercial/retail development, hotels, casinos, resorts, and recreational facilities. He has been involved in casino and hotel projects located throughout the United States and abroad, and in all stages of project development – from master planning, to design, on through construction.

Linda Roe

VP Client Development

Linda J. Roe is Vice President of Business Development & Client Relations and responsible for establishing and maintaining client relationships, and insuring effective communications throughout the project. Her years of membership in the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) includes many legislative visits to Capitol Hill lobbying on behalf of tribes for Tribal Sovereignty. Based in Phoenix, Linda has over 35 years of architectural firm experience and over 20 years working with clients in the gaming industry.