Our History


IBI Group was founded in 1974 by nine partners to provide professional services in planning and design for urban development and transportation. 

From the beginning, we integrated different professional disciplines to provide comprehensive services to clients.

Our professionals have a broad range of backgrounds and experience in urban design/planning, architecture, civil engineering, transportation engineering, traffic engineering, systems engineering, urban geography, real estate analysis, landscape architecture, communications engineering, software development, and many other areas of expertise.

As we’ve grown, we’ve added other disciplines – interior design, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, and others.

From the initial two offices in Toronto and Vancouver, IBI Group now has 63 offices in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, with more than 2,400 employees.

A key element in the successful growth of IBI has been the direct involvement of the principals (directors and associate directors) in the firm’s projects. Each project has a responsible principal who is accountable for the successful completion of the work.

In 2000, IBI embarked on a program of strategic growth through acquisitions. In 2004, the firm went public with the formation of the IBI Income Fund. The Fund was converted to a corporation – IBI Group Inc. – at the end of 2010.