To contact me, please send an email to dbuchwalder@gmail.com.


Concept & Show Set Designer
Pasadena, CA
Oct 2020 - Present

•  Developed feature show elements from initial concepts
•  Integrated show set designs with existing facilities
•  Supported concept artists with 3D modeling
•  Generated concepts for small projects such as collectibles and toys

Show Set - Sr. Associate
L.A. Design Associates, Inc.
Sherman Oaks, CA
June 2022 — Present

•  Concepted Attractions and land area development for project master plans
•  Developed CAD packages and 3D models to support master plan efforts

Show Set Designer
American Scenic Design, Inc.
Pasadena, CA
March 2018 — Feb 2019, July 2019 — Nov 2021

•  Developed CAD show set packages
•  Modeled 3D assets for animations and show set designs
•  Created ride and show moments for feature attractions

Facility Design Manager
The Hettema Group
Pasadena, CA
Feb 2019 — July 2019

•  Developed CAD show set package
•  Maintained creative intent while incorporating architectural facility models
•  Integrated highly-themed retail fixture cladding and finishes for individual spaces

University Relations Chair (Volunteer)
Themed Entertainment Association - NextGen Committee
March 2015 — Present

•  Led team of volunteers to support university outreach
•  Managed network of 40+ student organizations worldwide
•  Created resources and programming for student participants
•  Maintained databases of membership and archives of materials


Lighthouse Immersive, Storyland Studios, MDSX, Rethink Leisure & Entertainment, Herschend Family Entertainment


•  Proficient in AutoCAD, SketchUp, Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and other office software
•  Experience in hand-drafting, basic drawing, 3ds Max, Lumion, Unreal, Revit, Rhino, NoLimits2, InDesign, Illustrator, and physical modeling
•  Strong technical skills, focus in structural engineering
•  Excellent skill in written and verbal communication
•  Broad interest in creative design and problem-solving
•  Intermediate proficiency in Spanish


Savannah College of Art and Design
MFA in Themed Entertainment Design

University of Hawaii
Post-graduate studies in the school of Architecture

University of Dayton
Bachelor of Civil Engineering
Minor: Art History


Themed Entertainment Association; home haunts; drum and bugle corps; costuming; environmentalism; cycling