Our People

 

Rich Emery, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA
President + Design Principal

Nick Schoenfeldt
Vice President + Principal

David Nejelski
Creative Director + Principal

Christopher Urhahn is a Project Manager at TBE Architects

Christopher Urhahn
Senior Project Manager + Associate

Mike Carter
Director of Client Development

Mike Klosterman

Michael Klosterman
Senior Project Architect + Associate

Larry Wolters

Larry Wolters, NCARB,
LEED-GA

Senior Project Manager + Associate

 

Johnathan Ruder

Johnathan Ruder
Director of Production + Associate

"Great design is the result of finding perfect balance between program, the owner's vision, and the guest's wants and needs. We know that you only get one opportunity to make an outstanding first impression, which is why our team is 100% dedicated to designing completely unique and exciting environments, where people want to stay and/or play. Our firm's success is directly reflected in the success of our clients, and with 50 years of experience, designing for over 400 hotel and 300 casino projects, you can bet we've got the perfect solution for your design needs."

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RICH EMERY

Several projects designed by TBE ArchitectsRich Emery, AIA, is President and one of three dynamic Principals of TBE Architects. Rich joined the firm in 1982, after earning a degree in architecture from the University of Kansas, and leads Design and Production on all projects. Rich's methodical skill and talent has inspired our team to design award winning projects throughout the years. Over the past 35 years, Rich has been instrumental in designing hotels, luxury resorts and casinos throughout North American and overseas. Throughout his career, Rich has been at the cutting edge of design, positioning himself as an early adopter of CADD technology, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and Virtual Reality, providing a realistic view of the potential for fast-tracking and phasing of projects. Rich has invested a significant amount of time researching design strategies for “Integrated Casino Resort” properties, and which amenities are most likely to attract “Millennials.” The collective value of projects designed by Rich reach well into the Billions.


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NICK SCHOENFELDT

Projects designed and completed by TBE ArchitectsNick graduated from the University of Kansas with two Architectural degrees, and has spent his career specializing in hospitality design. His portfolio of projects includes a wide variety of private clubs, restaurants, hotels, and casinos. His background includes extensive Design Build experience with hotels and resorts which enables him to respond to constructability issues, while still maintaining the design intent. Nick's experience and intuitive understanding of the critical needs for speed and team consensus has proven to be highly valuable within the firm and especially to our clients. Since joining the firm in 1999, Nick has been instrumental in completing more than 40 casino/ hotel projects and earning the position of Principal. Nick is passionate about all things beautiful, love of people, strong work ethic, and creating a “teamwork/can do” attitude among his colleagues and peers.                               

Email: nicks@tbearc.com




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DAVID NEJELSKI

Hotel Casino Resort Projects that David Nejelski helped design David Nejelski received his Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University. He came to the firm as a Jr. Designer and has risen to be the Creative Director + Principal. In the past 24 years with the firm, David has designed hotels and casinos in all 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 also has extensive experience in fast-track and project phasing and has designed projects worth collectively over $1 billion.


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CHRISTOPHER URHAHN

With more than 23 years of leadership experience in architecture and a background that also includes construction, Christopher leads large, complex projects, many of which include phased construction. His skill in organizing the many facets of a project, administering budgets, monitoring schedules, managing consultants, and communicating with client groups has resulted in architectural solutions that ultimately bring high value to our clients. Christopher's leadership has had direct influence on projects including: Wildhorse Resort & Casino (expansion) in Pendleton, Oregon, We-Ko-Pa Casino (new development) in Fort McDowell, Arizona, and Churchill Downs Hotel & HRM (expansion) in Louisville, Kentucky.

Email: curhahn@tbearc.com




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Mike Carter

TBE Projects worked on by Julie GreenfieldAs the Director of Client Development, Mike works closely with the principal owners and management team at TBE Architects to ensure that current and perspective client needs are addressed. He travels frequently and can be found at all of the major trade shows and conventions, including NIGA, OIGA, WIGA, G2E, and others. In addition, Mike coordinates the firm's proposals and qualifications packages, ensuring that they are completed and delivered on time. Email: mcarter@tbearc.com


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Mike Klosterman

Michael is a licensed architect, with a Bachelor of Architectural Technology from Washington University and has over 35 years of architectural experience. Michael joined TBE Architects in 2019 and his skill and knowledge of advanced model creation and team management has already been applied to positively impact several major design projects. As a senior project architect, Michael’s responsibilities center on the development of production drawings and require him to facilitate frequent communication with a variety of construction consultants as well as the internal design team at TBE Architects.

 


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Larry Wolters

Projects designed by the team at TBE ArchitectsLawrence (Larry) Wolters received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas and has been in the architectural industry for over 33 years. As a licensed architect with LEED certification, Larry has worked as both project architect and manager for a variety of projects, with values scaling between $2 million and $200 million. His primary roles at TBE include project management, overseeing production staffing, and facilitating collaboration between our firm, our client’s project management team, and a variety of contractors. Throughout this process, he works tirelessly to ensure that every phase of project development stays on track.

Email: lwolters@tbearc.com




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JOHNATHAN RUDER

Johnathan is a licensed architect with over 35 years of architectural experience. He is a graduate from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and his skill and knowledge of advanced model creation and team management have proven to be an invaluable asset for our team. As the Director of Production, Johnathan’s responsibilities center on ensuring that our production team is fully staffed and able to meet the unique demands of our clients. During the course of a week, Johnathan participates in several project production meetings, and plays a vital role in keeping communication paths between our clients, consultants, construction, architects, and our interior design team flowing productively.