Jose Pablo’s (“JP”) road to becoming an architect began as a child growing up in Northern Mexico in a family of artists and technical professionals.  JP’s interest in architecture grew from the influences of his mother, a designer, and his father, an engineer, which melded his creative and technical aspirations.  He earned his B.S. in Architecture in 2010 from Baja California State University and became a licensed architect in Mexico shortly after.  JP’s aptitude for mastering cutting-edge technology, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, allowed him to start a career in teaching software to other professionals.  He also taught several drawing and design courses at his alma mater while he worked on a variety of residential, educational and commercial projects in Mexico. 

JP’s passion, however, lay in design and building, not in academia. This led him to relocate to Las Vegas, Nevada in early 2016 where he worked as a designer and drafter for a specialty design-build contractor on high-profile projects throughout the US for discerning clients such as Wynn Resorts, Disney, and Dream Works. As a Job Captain for Daniel Joseph Chenin, Ltd., JP brings his documentation skills, industry-leading knowledge of various software, strong work ethic and pursuit of exceptional design, all with precision and service at the forefront. JP is currently working on obtaining experience in all facets of an architectural practice through the National Council of Architecture Registrations Boards (NCARB) so that he can obtain his US architecture license.

Jose Pablo Ruiz, ASSOCIATE AIA

Eric brings to Daniel Joseph Chenin, Ltd. and its clients over 25 years of international experience in architecture and interior design, with expertise in design and project management for elite 5- and 6-star hospitality giants and private residences.
The rich design heritage of Chicago lay the foundation of Eric’s education and early career. After graduating in 1999 with a degree in Interior Design from the Harrington College of Design, Eric began working with Scott Himmel Interior Architecture and Design on multi-million-dollar condominiums in the Gold Coast area of Downtown Chicago and North Shore mansions.

From there, he joined Hnedak Bobo Group (HBG), ranked as a top-tier hospitality and entertainment design firm by leading hospitality industry publications.  Five years later, Eric joined the internationally acclaimed TAL Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada where he worked for 13 years as a senior designer and project team lead. Eric worked on numerous bespoke projects across the U.S. and throughout the world for brands including Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Disney Imagineering, Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Auberge Resorts, and Viceroy Hotels and Resorts.  In addition to his project experience and achievements, Eric holds a National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certificate with the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ), the worldwide recognized benchmark of a highly qualified professional interior designer.

Clients, pier consultants, industry vendors and co-workers all attest to Eric’s exceptional skills, which along with his approachability, leads to a collaborative experience with successful results. At Daniel Joseph Chenin, Ltd., Eric applies his professional expertise and rational approach to managing projects and leading the design team’s efforts, while technically documenting projects, ensuring that all problems are resolved and the design vision is seamlessly realized. 

Ally, a tricolour King Charles Caviler, has been with Daniel Joseph Chenin, Ltd. since its inception.  She is the brand ambassador, product ergonomics and comfort specialist, snack inquisitor, and office comedian.


Kevin welch, associate aia

Since 2016, Kevin Welch has worked with Daniel Joseph Chenin, Ltd. as a Design Collaborator.  He has worked on many of the firm's award wining architectural projects, including the TNT Residence, which won a 2017 AIA Nevada Design Award.  He studied architecture at UNLV, where he was a top student of the firm’s principal in a semester-long architectural design studio in 2010.

Grace KO

Grace was born in Seoul, South Korea, and spent her formative years in Anchorage, Alaska before moving to San Francisco, California to pursue her studies in design. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Design from the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, California. With over 10 years of design experience, Grace’s recent works include luxury residential projects in Honolulu, Hawaii and Las Vegas, Nevada. Her focused experience in hospitality design has allowed her to work with international hotel brands. While a designer at TAL Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada, Grace was the project designer for world renowned properties, including: The Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California, Malliouhana Resort in Anguilla, British West Indies, Wynn Resorts in Cotai, Macau, and The Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco, California.
Prior to moving to Las Vegas, Grace worked at the Honolulu studio of Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG). At WATG, her projects ranged from international resorts to domestic hotel renovations. Her roles have taken her abroad, like traveling to Hangzhou, China to participate in design presentations. Having lived in Honolulu, Anchorage, San Francisco, and New York, Grace has undeniably been influenced by a multitude of varied cultures and a worldly aesthetic. She is particularly inspired by the interplay of traditions and how they blend and meld to create a vision unique in their own right. Grace's sensibility for composition and fluency for detail serve her well as a Project Designer for Daniel Joseph Chenin, Ltd. 



When she was a teenager, Esther moved from Orange County, California to grow roots in the Las Vegas Valley.  She is very involved with local church activities and went on a missionary trip to South America with plans to do another trip to Africa in the future.  Her other passion has always been design.  She studied architecture, interior architecture and interior design at UNLV, where she was a top student of the firm’s principal in a semester-long upper division interior design studio.  She received her B.S. in Interior Architecture in 2018 and came straight to work for Daniel Joseph Chenin, Ltd. as an intern and was later hired as a Junior Designer.

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Daniel, the firm’s Principal, is an award-winning architect with 20 years of combined experience in architecture and interior design.  He is a licensed architect in Arizona, Nevada, & Florida, certified by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB), and an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  Additionally, Daniel is a proponent of environmentally-sensitive design and is a LEED accredited professional with a specialized credential in Building Design and Construction (BD+C).  Setting Daniel apart from other architects is his ability to offer integrated design services, drawing from his diverse background, including almost a decade of premium interior design experience for brands such as Four Seasons, Auberge Resorts, Mandarin Oriental, and Starwood Hotels (W Hotel).  Prior to starting his boutique design firm, Daniel was the Director of TAL Studio, an award-winning hospitality interior design studio with top-tier destination commissions throughout the world.  Prior to TAL Studio, Daniel worked as a Senior Designer at the award-winning regional architecture firm, Tate Snyder Kimsey and his roots go back to being an intern in the late 90s at the internationally-published architecture firm, Assemblage Studio under the direction of architect Eric Strain. Daniel's experience areas include hospitality design, corporate office design, and residential design.

In addition to Daniel's practical knowledge and experiences, from 2002 - 2012 and 2017, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Architecture. Daniel has taught design studios at the foundation and the upper division levels in both interior design and architecture, including creating a Corporate Branding and Interior Design semester-long course where students were taught how to theoretically rebrand prestigious companies through the built form of the companies’ corporate headquarters and/or retail spaces. 

Daniel’s talents, work ethic, attention to detail, and focus on customer service, have earned him an excellent reputation among clients, peers, vendors, his students and the community.  In recognition of Daniel’s leadership in design, service to the profession and the community, he was the recipient of the coveted AIA Western Mountain Region (WMR) Young Architect Award for the year 2014, the AIA Nevada Young Architect Award for the year 2012, and the AIA Nevada Distinguished Service Associate Award for the year 2010. Daniel has served multiple times on the AIA Las Vegas Board of Directors, and served as the AIA National Young Architect representative for the AIA WMR during 2014-2015. Additionally, for the past six years, Daniel has been appointed to the AIA Nevada Executive Committee as the NCARB Architect Licensing Advisor for the State of Nevada.

Daniel is currently the Design Review Architect for Discovery Land Company’s Las Vegas development in Summerlin, “The Summit” custom home lot community.  In his role, Daniel oversees the review and approval of every architectural submission for each custom designed home from predesign through completion to ensure adherence to The Summit Design Guidelines.  

Daniel received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture (2002) and Masters in Architecture (2005) from UNLV where he graduated first in his class and was awarded the prestigious Fielden Medal for Academic Excellence in Architecture and the College of Fine Arts’ Most Outstanding Graduate Scholarship.​


esther chung, ASSOCIATE AIA