Company Bio

The Native American owned firm of TBE ARCHITECTS (Thalden Boyd Emery) has become one of the best-known casino-hotel architects in America. TBE ARCHITECTS has a depth of experience like no other Native American-owned architectural firm. Their passion for architecture and design, especially in Indian Country, has led to working with 114 Native American Tribes and First Nations. TBE ARCHITECTS provides full architectural services including master planning and interior design.

The firm, with its highly experienced staff of professionals combines the Native American background and architectural expertise of Chief Boyd (chief executive officer and principal), the creative hotel and casino design expertise of Rich Emery (president and design principal), the design acumen of David Nejelski (creative director and principal) the management talents of Nick Schoenfeldt (vice president and principal) and plus the savvy business and client curator Linda Roe(vice president, client development). Collectively, this team has worked together for over 47 years and bring a unique blend of experience, expertise, approach, and an intrinsic understanding of design and hospitality architecture to every project.

Our reputation as masters of bold, high quality and fully integrated projects are backed by an as equally highly experienced technical staff that has proven abilities in delivering projects on time and on budget. TBE’s “style” reflects that of our clients.

Firm History

Since 1971, TBE ARCHITECTS has been designing resorts, hotels and casinos for the hospitality and gaming industries. The firm’s approach of creating “Ordinary to Extraordinary” is based on developing unique and exciting visions and bringing them to life. The firm has built a reputation for delivering projects on time and on budget. TBE ARCHITECTS provides full architectural services including master planning and interior design.

TBE Architects is an active associate member of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA), the Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA) and the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA).

Sponsored Events

The Gaming & Hospitality Active Threat & Crisis Management Symposium

April 30- May 1, 2018

The Park MGM Las Vegas, formerly the Monte Carlo, Las Vegas, NV

National General Manager & Casino Executive Exchange


September 23-25, 2018

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa | Rancho Mirage, CA