Our People

We are a talented team that thrives on providing design solutions and creating memorable spaces for our clients. 

Daniel Romero

Danial RomeroDaniel Romero founded RVJA in 1996 and heads the firm’s architectural, urban planning, and design services as the creative director and lead designer. He establishes the creative vision that is the distinguishing factor of RVJA’s success as an international leader in the hospitality and entertainment fields. Since the firms inception, Daniel Romero has designed and overseen projects in 52 cities across the continents, including 13 theme parks and many individual theme park zones and attractions.

Prior to his work at RVJA, Romero led design efforts on specialized international urban projects for Butler Lemons Romero, Inc. For the prestigious firm HHCP Architects in Orlando, Romero served with distinction as the Vice President of International Leisure and Hospitality, responsible for all worldwide project designs created by the division. He is a recognized visionary in the world of entertainment design and master planning.

Daniel received a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the National University of Mar del Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1985.  He further increased his skills by attending Entertainment Design courses at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

 

Guillermo VanRell

Guillermo VanRellGuillermo VanRell is an architect whose skill and artistry distinguishes RVJA worldwide in large scale planning for mixed-use and entertainment projects. He balances practical and technical design expertise with an ever-evolving eye for emerging trends and current markets.  

VanRell joined Daniel Romero to found RPVA, which is now RVJA. Before joining the firm, Guillermo worked for many years at Dorsky Hodgson & Partners Architects, as lead designer specializing in mixed-use developments; leisure and hospitality projects; and themed entertainment environments. Prior, he worked as senior associate at ACAI Associates, Inc. working primarily in educational and institutional facility design.

At RVJA, VanRell is lead designer, urban planner and conceptual sketch artist working on a wide variety of mixed-use developments, including industry-leading attractions and entertainment design. Guillermo complements the firm with his limitless creativity and problem-solving skills.

In 1980, he received a Master’s Degree in Construction from the he National School of Technical Education, Domingo F. Sarmiento Building Constructions, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1986, he received the title of Architect and Urban Planner from National University of Mar del Plata, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His focused commitment to each project, incomparable work ethic, and enthusiasm make his leadership invaluable to RVJA.

 

Nelson Jeng

Nelson Jeng“Nelson” Jeng is a partner at RVJA and the Director of Marketing.

Before joining RVJA, Nelson was an experienced International Meeting and Conference organizer. He was the chief director of the Taipei International Travel Fair from 1997 to 2000.

Nelson’s undergraduate studies were in clinical psychology (BA of Mental Rehabilitation, Fujen Catholic University) and his graduate level studies were in leisure (MA in Recreation Services and Resources Management, New York University) This background gives Jeng both keen understanding of how to optimize leisure design and a unique insight into why. Jeng also attended the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, focusing coursework on planning and design for housing for the aging. He is a member of the National Leisure and Park Association (NLPA). Jeng’s extensive educational and professional background enhances his project approach.

After joined the RPVA/RVJA in 2002, Nelson fully dedicated himself to planning and design of Tourism/Leisure/Theme Park related projects. Nelson accumulated a significant amount of theme park and tourism related real estate development experience, with a specialty in assisting client communication with local government and planning officials. All the developments he has participated in are leading projects within the China tourism real estate market, including destinations such as OCT Group (Shenzhen Happy Valley, Beijing Happy Valley and Tianjin Happy Valley), Haichang Group (Kingdoms of Discovery, Chongqing Caribbean Water Park, Chengdu Polar Ocean Orlando, Tianjin Polar Ocean World, Wuhan Polar Ocean World), Chengdu Zihixin (Floraland II, Caribbean Pirate Water Park) and Hangzhou Song Town (2006 World Leisure Expo and Grand Venetian).

 

Bruce McMillen, AIA

Bruce McMillenBruce McMillen is a talented architect and gifted project manager. His careful oversight of the myriad details in the design process has been honed throughout a career spanning thirty years.  Bruce has design and leadership experience on projects ranging from one to over one-hundred million dollars. His primary architectural expertise is in the entertainment, tourism, commercial, and institutional fields. 

Combining design creativity with architectural vision to develop compelling building solutions, Bruce has led facility design efforts around the world including work on the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and Men in Black attractions for Universal Studios Orlando, Tommorowland Light and Power Company in Disney’s Magic Kingdom, New York’s Rockefeller Center Observation Deck; Action! An Adventure in Moviemaking for the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry; and Battle Stations 21, an immersive, interactive training battleship simulation for the US Navy; and Universal Studios Japan Movie Magic 4D Theater.

Passionate about architectural design and creativity, Bruce is a team leader comfortable with projects large and small. His managerial success stems from rigorous attention to detail and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with both his team and clients. High performance teams demand exceptional skills, and in his managerial capacity McMillen excels.

He received his Master’s Degree in Architecture in 1980 from the University of Florida in Gainesville where he received the Alpha Rho Chi Leadership Medal and the Otis A. Skinner Scholarship for Architecture. He is a former president of the American Institute of Architects Orlando Chapter and remains an active member.