Tom Montchai

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Thomas Montchai, AIA, Design Architect

Tom has more than 29 years of professional experience in retail design, designing everything from architectural facades at Universal's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, Legoland in Winsor, England, to designing and acting as the master planner for a major theme park in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  At DEI he is responsible for the design concept development, site planning, and overall architectural design.  This includes program gathering, ideation of retail concepts, review of construction documents, and coordination of retail concepts and interior design.

Tom is a registered architect in 12 states.  He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.  



  • 9 years experience at DEI Incorporated
  • 20 years commercial, entertainment, retail architecture and design for industry leaders such as Universal Studios, Legoland, and Six Flags


Universal Studios  Orlando, Florida

Designed architectural facades for the New York and Hollywood Boulevard retail district. Project architect for the Fievel’s Playland attraction based on Steve Speilberg’s American Tail Fievel Go West.


Legoland  Winsor, England

Designed architectural facades for retail and attractions complex.  Concept based on the Lego brick module system.  Developed interactive attractions and show facility design.


Hopi Hari Theme Park  Sao Paulo, Brazil

Design and Master Plan director for major theme park in South America.  This $200 million project consists of five theme areas and entertains over two million visitors each year.


Blue Bunny Ice Cream Visitor Center  Le Mars, Iowa

Designed 12,000 sf. visitor center showcasing the history and ice cream making tradition of the Blue Bunny brand.  Exhibits include creating your flavor and participating in taste testing. 



University of Cincinnati

B.S. in Architectural Engineering Technology


Professional Organizations

  • Registered Architect in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, Utah, Michigan, 

South Carolina, Texas, Wyoming, Virginia, Colorado, New Mexico

  • International Association of Amusement Park and Attractions
  • American Institute of Architects
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards