Andrea Klein Master Planner - Landscape Architect

Andrea has 20+ years of experience in Themed Entertainment, Hospitality, Mixed-Use Commercial, Transportation, Institutional, Healthcare, Municipal, and Multi-family Residential projects. She is a licensed Landscape Architect in the state of California and LEED accredited, and she has contributed to the design of a variety of projects in Asia and the Middle East, including entertainment overlay planning, exposition planning, luxury residential developments, embassy complexes and airport expansion projects.

EDUCATION:

B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design

B.L.A., Rhode Island School of Design

M.L.A., Harvard University Graduate School of Design

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

Universal Studios Japan, Osaka, Japan

Monkey King Theme Park, Jinan, China

Warner Brothers Theme Park, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Bollywood Parks,  Dubai, UAE

Jeff Cook CADD Designer

Jeff has been in the architecture and themed design industry for over 5 years, working on everything from multi-million dollar homes to theme parks.  He grew up on construction sites and moved onto electrical engineering and system administration specializing in network architecture and programming while he studied.  He focuses primarily on CAD, BIM and 3D Modeling and incorporates his other disciplines into the design and development of every project.  In his free time, he’s known to be into backpacking, mountain biking, archery, home brewing, 3D printing and building furniture.

EDUCATION:

B.ARCH., California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo

M.S., California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

One World Observatory, New York City, NY

Large-scale server deployment for CADRC in conjunction with the Air Force and Boeing Tapestry

Jessica Leivo Design Coordinator

Jessica spent 15 years as a kitchen & bath designer in the home remodeling industry, gaining diverse experience in construction and project management.  She recently graduated valedictorian with a degree in set & exhibit design and crossed over into the themed entertainment world.  She has worked in the field as a technical supervisor for theme park production, as well as behind a desk as a show set designer.

EDUCATION:

B.S., The Art Institute of California

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

Parkwide Holiday Decor, Universal Studios, Hollywood

Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios, Hollywood

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Press Event, Universal Studios, Hollywood

Jodi Roberdes Director of Facility Design Services

Jodi has played an integral role in many architectural and interior design projects for The Hettema Group since 2009, including Dragons Wild Shooting at Lotte World, the Malaysia Truly Asia Centre, The High Roller observation wheel in Las Vegas, DreamWorks Water Park, Meadowlands and was Lead Architectural Designer for the One World Observatory experience at the World Trade Center in New York City. She is currently in charge of the architectural design for a major theme park in Asia.

Jodi was Director of Design at Scenery West Design & Construction, creating turnkey projects involving multiple disciplines, specialty consultants, architectural facility interface and show integration. She was responsible for projects including Sony’s ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ attraction, Japan; Sea World’s Circ de la Mer Attraction, San Diego; Fort Worth Zoo, Texas Wild! 8-acre expansion; five GameWorks Entertainment Centers throughout the U.S., and Oakley Flagship Stores.  As Senior Associate at JKI International Architectural & Planning, Jodi executed multiple design/build projects domestically as well as interior entertainment facilities and attractions internationally. Jodi was consultant to Walt Disney Imagineering, assisting with exteriors and interiors for Disney’s California Adventure.

EDUCATION:

B.A., Architecture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

M.A.,Urban Design and Planning Technical University, Athens, Greece

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

One World Observatory at One World Trade Center, New York City

High Roller Observation Wheel, Las Vegas

Juan Acuña   CADD Job Captain

In Juan’s 18-year architecture career, he has worked on several large projects.  He spent 12 years in Las Vegas working in hospitality, commercial and retail projects such as World Market Center and Echelon Place Hotel and Casino.  In the last 6 years, he’s made a career change to work in the theme park industry, where projects have included One World Observatory in New York, the Linq Wheel in Las Vegas, The Hello Kitty, Jurassic Dreams and The Monkey King Parks all in China.

EDUCATION:

B. of Architecture, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Kun Yang Architectural Set & Exhibit Designer

Kun has 8 years of experience in architecture including one year’s work experience as an architectural designer in China and multiple internship experiences from architectural firms to Planning and Construction Department in the government. His portfolio of projects ranges from school buildings, multi-unit residences and residential communities to large urban complex, residential area planning and sustainable urban designs. Kun is a generous and responsible team player and a thoughtful and focused designer, who is on the way to becoming an architect with professional skills developed through a wide range of transnational studies, internships and work experience.

EDUCATION: 

B.Arch., Xiamen University, China

M.Arch., University of California Los Angeles, USA

Lydia Montes Facility Design Manager

As Facility Design Manager, Lydia interfaces closely with our teams’ Executive Architect, Producers and Art Directors to design the perfect “containers” to house our attractions. This includes developing the size of each facility, fitting it to the site, outfitting it with the required support systems, and designing interior spaces in keeping with the attraction’s story.

Lydia has been in the theme park industry for more than 10 years. In addition to her experience in architecture and facility design, she has also held the titles of Show Set Designer and Show Set Manager. Lydia has lent her design talents to numerous high-profile entertainment projects. For her, every day at work is just “another day of theme park magic!”

Notable Projects:

Abraham Lincoln Museum, Springfield IL

Warner Bros. Park, Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi

Hershey’s Factory Tour Ride

Education:

Bachelors of Architecture, Woodbury University

Masters of Architecture and Real Estate Development, Woodbury University

Mario Huerta Senior Facility Designer

Mario has worked on theme park attractions for over 20 years.  He has worked on four Disney theme parks in Asia and California, including Tokyo DisneySeas, DCA base park, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, and Shanghai Disneyland.  He has held rockwork engineering, show set lead, and facility project architect roles for 15 projects, most notably Animal Kingdom’s Expedition Everest, Toy Story Mania at DCA, Florida and Tokyo, and lead architect for Shanghai Disneyland’s Enchanted Storybook Castle.  He has relocated to Tokyo and Shanghai for construction support and specializes in architectural ornamentation and documentation from concept through execution phases.

EDUCATION:

B.A., UC San Diego (1990) Urban Studies & Planning and Political Science

M.Arch., UC Berkeley (1995)

Nina Tchaghayan Architectural Production Manager

With close to 15 years of varying experience in the design and construction industries, Nina has been the Project and Design Manager for a variety of project types which include:  Theme Parks, Museums, Institutional, Historic Rehabilitation and Preservation, Custom/High end Residential, Mixed-Use, Tenant Improvements and more.

With a Bachelor of Architecture and special interests ranging from experiential design to historic preservation, Nina has extensive experience in all stages of projects; from conducting research, designing and coordinating with various consultants to leading teams, preparing presentations and cost estimates, as well as, observing construction.  

As Design Manager, Nina managed a team of 15-20 show set designers for Bollywood Parks and Motiongate theme parks in Dubai.  She was also Lead Technical Designer for the Nature Lab exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, as well as, for Super Silly Fun Land for Universal Studios in Hollywood, which included the overseeing of fabrication.       

EDUCATION: 

Bachelor of Architecture, Woodbury University

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

Union Station 360, Los Angeles

Bollywood Parks, Dubai

Motiongate, Dubai

Nature Lab Exhibit, Natural History Museum, Los Angeles

Super Silly Fun Land, Universal Studios, Hollywood

Sunnie Burke Executive Architect

Sunnie is a licensed architect who has worked on a wide variety of building projects, including residential, commercial, and institutional facilities. For over 15 years, Sunnie has created comprehensive design packages for themed entertainment projects. Her production management skills have been a key factor for many projects staying on schedule and within budget.

EDUCATION:

B.S., School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology

M.A., Architecture, Southern California Institute of Architecture

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

Disneyland Resort

Universal Studios: Singapore, Japan, Hollywood

Warner Bros:  The Making of Harry Potter, England

Vinita Pugal Master Planner - Landscape Architect

Vinita has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. She is a California Licensed Landscape Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional.  She co-founded a design company that designs a wide range of large-scale projects internationally. She serves as a principal advocate to the Bureau of Indian Standards for drafting Building Codes for Landscape Architecture. After moving to California, she has worked on various prestigious civic projects in Los Angeles. She has been actively involved in providing Experiential Design Concepts and Master Plans for companies that specialize in Themed Entertainment Design. She believes if there’s a beautiful story, it can be webbed into reality.

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Architecture

Master of Planning and Landscape Architecture, School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi, India. 

NOTABLE PROJECTS:

Motiongate and Bollywood Theme Park, Dubai Parks and Resorts

Coney Island Redevelopment Studies

Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica

Beverly Gardens Parks Restoration

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