Klai Juba Wald creates award-winning projects that enhance communities nationwide with their self-motivated, dedicated, talented and experienced team of project architects and designers – all committed to design, our unsurpassed reputation for being astute listeners while providing exceptional, high quality service and meeting the most demanding deadlines in the industry.
Leadership is synonymous with initiative – and here at Klai Juba Wald where we proudly serve the hospitality industry, leadership is truly “translating vision into reality” through teamwork and thoughtful coaching, enlisting each team member to bring his/her own unique level of expertise to every job, no matter what their role, no matter what the job. Commitment begins with our principals – John Klai, Dan Juba, John Wald, Brian Fink, Ann Fleming, and Steve Peck, associate principal – engaging our associates, whose undeniable talent results from the initiative they take at work, at home, no matter where they are.
At Klai Juba Wald, leadership is all about accepting responsibility and taking the lead – and as a leader, what you’re expected to contribute and deliver is only your very best.
John R. Klai II, FAIA
FOUNDING PRINCIPALJohn leads Klai Juba Wald Architects in its community outreach and business development initiatives. His visionary leadership and passion for enduring relationships has ensured the successful creation of some of the firm’s more complex resort projects including the highly visible remodel and expansion of the MGM Grand Las Vegas, the Silverton Casino Resort, the Hard Rock Las Vegas, and ground-up projects for the Seminole Tribe in Tampa and Hollywood, Florida. John’s integrity, good will and nurturing style expands awareness and knowledge of architecture and the value of design for clients, colleagues, collaborators and young professionals, resulting in projects that benefit communities and their visiting public. An active alumnus of North Dakota State University, John is a registered architect in twenty-seven jurisdictions, holds NCARB and NCIDQ certificates and serves on the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design. He was elevated into the AIA’s College of Fellows in 2015 for his contributions to the Las Vegas community and advancing architectural education.
FOUNDING PRINCIPALAs co-founder of Klai Juba Wald Architects, Dan spearheaded the development of many of the firm’s seminal projects including the massive Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino; the remodel, expansion and repositioning of the Luxor Hotel & Casino and the Aladdin into the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino; and many others that have defined Las Vegas’ reputation as an international destination. His leadership, passion for master planning, insight into complex building operations and extensive knowledge of the gaming and hospitality industry established the firm’s service-oriented, high caliber approach to delivering high-level design for many of Las Vegas’ most notable properties. Prior to co-founding Klai Juba Wald with John Klai, Dan and John were vice presidents at Marnell Corrao Associates in Las Vegas. He and John are attributed with dozens of expansions, alterations, additions and original designs that shaped one of the world’s most famous corridors—the Las Vegas Strip. Dan is also a proud alum of North Dakota State University.
John B. Wald, AIA
PRESIDENT / MANAGING PRINCIPALJohn joined Klai Juba Wald in 1995, soon after the firm’s founding, and today, as managing partner, oversees the firm’s design vision and methodology and fosters the firm’s architectural legacy. His tenure includes design and management for many of the firm’s most significant projects in Las Vegas including the remodel and expansion of the Luxor and the Orleans, including the Orleans Arena; the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, with all its distinct components; Panorama Towers; and SKY Las Vegas. John brings vital intelligence and insight to creating architectural experiences that resonate with visitors and users. His passion for the design process and the development of project teams ensures outstanding service, creativity, quality and delivery on every project—now a hallmark of the firm’s culture and approach to design. John is a graduate of North Dakota State University, holds a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is a licensed architect in Nevada, Colorado, Kansas, New Jersey, Illinois and Ohio.
Brian Fink, AIA
PRINCIPALAcross his over 20 years with Klai Juba Wald, Brian has focused on architectural design and effective collaborations for the delivery of important hotel, casino and entertainment projects. His significant project management and design contributions include the highly successful Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino properties in Hollywood and Tampa, Florida. He led the $550 million LINQ collection of retail, dining and entertainment venues and the unbuilt ‘W’ Hotel and Casino project. Brian brings his collaborative, people-oriented style to managing the daily operations of the studio and to ensuring internal and external teams deliver exceptional performance and value for clients and users. His approach fosters and advances technological systems at the firm and throughout project design and development. Brian is a licensed architect in Nevada and Arizona, holds a NCARB certificate and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Discovery Children’s Museum of Las Vegas.
Ann Fleming, NCIDQ, IIDA, ASID, LEED Green Associate
PRINCIPAL OF INTERIORS
Ann Fleming is an active member of the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality, joins the firm as Principal of Interiors. Former Principal and Co-Founder of Cleo Design with over 20 years of experience, Ann is a leading Registered Interior Designer in hospitality and gaming and a member of the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design. She has worked with industry giants including MGM Resorts, Wynn Las Vegas, Seminole Hard Rock, Cordish Development and Rush Street Gaming to name just a few. Her reputation for creating exceptional interior spaces and delivering unparalleled client service precedes her on every project.
Steve Peck, AIA
ASSOCIATE PRINCIPALSteve’s tenure at Klai Juba Wald began as a Project Architect, and he has risen to become the firm’s preeminent project manager for cross-office, cross-country services in the delivery of effective architectural design. He managed the firm’s Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Illinois, and facilitated the sustainable strategy that led to the project becoming the world’s first LEED Gold certified casino. Steve’s approach to architecture combines critical aspects of collaborative teaming and project design, management, delivery and administration that set new standards for multidisciplinary client service. His expertise in project phasing is being put to task with the significant expansion of the two Seminole Tribe projects in Florida, where he currently serves as Executive Architect. Steve’s first ground-up project, Hard Rock Tampa, opened its most recent expansion in January 2017 and, at more than 190,000 square feet, it is the US’s 4th largest and the world’s 6th largest casino complex. Steve’s expertise allows clients to benefit from the firm’s timely, seamless, efficient design and documentation process.
Michael Stewart, AIA
Mike is an award-winning designer with twenty-eight years global experience in the hospitality, resort, sports, gaming and entertainment markets. He was Global Director of Design at YWS from 2008 to 2018 and began his career at Marnell Corrao Associates in 1990. Known for his successful melding of architecture with interior design, Mike leads teams to optimize all aspects of a project to benefit the experience of users while bringing new insight to branding and revenue opportunities to clients. Among Mike’s design successes with YWS are TopGolf Las Vegas, Esports Arena and Caesars Palace Octavius Tower Expansion—and while in the employ of Marnell, his varied design experience included collaborative efforts on the Treasure Island, Bellagio and the Bellagio Spa Tower and Conference Center addition, the Borgata in Atlantic City and the M Resort. Mike graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arizona and studied abroad at the Imperial College of London, England, in association with the University of Nebraska. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), serves on the AIA Las Vegas Board of Directors, holds a Certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and is a member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC).