Our People

Spread across over 60 cities, our team is a global collective of urban experts in design, architecture, engineering, civil, transportation, urban geography, real estate, landscape, communications, software development and so much more. These are the people defining the cities of tomorrow.

Supporting our global team of 2,500 difference makers is IBI’s Leadership team, setting out a compelling vision and guiding IBI Group towards the future.

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Rikke Brown

Associate | Manager, Water/Wastewater
Ottawa, Canada

#english# All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Water / Wastewater# #Water Resources Management#
Ottawa, Canada

Rikke Brown P.Eng is a LEED AP Water Resources Engineer who has been involved in the preparation of stormwater management reports and plans and design of stormwater management facilities servicing residential and commercial developments in Ottawa. She has also provided stormwater management support to various land development and transportation projects. Ongoing projects include the Blackstone Conds (Cardel Homes), Morgan?s Grant Phase 10A Stormwater Facility Update (Ottawa-Carleton District School Board), and the Leitrim Development Area Updated Serviceability Report.
Her modeling experience includes hydraulic and hydrological analysis using SWMHYMO, XPSWMM and QUALHYMO.

Phil Colleran

Associate | Manager, Landscape Architecture
Boston, USA

#english# All# #Landscape Architecture# #Mixed Use#
Boston, USA

Phil Colleran has directed a range of urban mixed-use development projects in the US and abroad. He has significant experience with complex planning projects and large teams in the Far East, the Middle East and North Africa. In his work, he is responsive to environmental and civic concerns and has deployed ground-breaking design strategies suitable to climate and project conditions.

Fred Leone

Associate | Manager, Civil Engineering
Southfield, USA

#english# All# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Rail# #Water / Wastewater# #Water Resources Management#
Southfield, USA

As a Civil Engineer and Civil Group Leader, Fred Leone is responsible for any design activity covered by the civil engineering discipline. Responsibilities include site layout and design, development of various site utility requirements, sanitary sewer systems, site topography, roads, parking lots, site drainage, sedimentation and erosion control and railroad facilities.

Bankim Kalra, AICP

Manager, Urban Planning
Pompano Beach, USA

#english# Active Transportation# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Placemaking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transportation#
Pompano Beach, USA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/bankim-kalra-aicp-886a851/

Bankim Kalra has over 15 years of consulting experience on IBI projects in Florida, South Carolina, and Edmonton prior to his relocation to lead IBI India’s urban planning and design practice. With a background in architecture, urban planning and a specialization in economic development, Bankim has developed a diverse portfolio integrated transit and land use planning, urban design, redevelopment planning, streetscape design and strategic TOD projects to his credit.

During his time with IBI Group, he has grown into being an effective Project Manager and a seasoned professional with global experience and a unique perspective in understanding the challenges of integrating diversity in community building. Bankim has been part of several award-winning IBI projects including the Bhubaneswar Smart City Plan in India and the Downtown Tavares Master Plan in Florida.

Terry Ruszczak

Associate | Manager, Contract Administration
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Project / Programme Management#
Toronto, Canada

Terry Ruszczak is a dedicated, results-oriented, energetic and creative Architectural Technologist, with 35 years of experience in contract administration/field inspection, with an emphasis on project management and leadership. He directs the drafting team for working drawings, tendering, shop drawing review and monitored/inspected the project on-site as liaison between the client, consultants and contractors. He is commended for his communication with multiple stakeholders in the implementation of designs into construction documents.

Comprehensive knowledge of building science principles, construction methods and techniques and his understanding of zoning by-laws allow for Terry’s unique and creative ability to execute accurate working drawings for building permit application and construction maintaining the highest levels of Life Safety.

Walid Bakhos

Associate | Manager, Planning
Dubai, UAE

#english# All# #Landscape Architecture# #Planning & Urban Design#
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Salim Kumar Narayanan

Studio Principal
Vancouver, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Healthcare+# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Industrial# #Leader# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Resorts# #Retail / Commercial# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Vancouver, Canada

Salim Narayanan has over 25 years of experience in various capacities ranging from Senior Project Manager to Designer in architecture for projects in Canada, USA, Middle East and India. He is skilled in developing design concepts, construction documentation, contract administration, and liaising with consultants, construction companies, city authorities, and clients. His experience in North America primarily includes mixed-use high-rise residential buildings. His previous experience also includes residential and office towers, commercial complexes, hotel and resort projects, institutional and healthcare facilities, sports/multi-purpose halls, movie theatres, industrial buildings, transit centers, housing complexes, luxury palaces, and grand houses. Salim has a keen interest in integrating technology, detailing, and functional design.

Raafat Abadir

Associate | Manager, Contract Administration
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Education# #High Rise Residential# #Office# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Canada

Raafat Abadir has a long career with IBI Group dating back to 1989 as a Principal Contract Administrator. At the time, he specialized in the construction administration of high-rise residential and office buildings, schools, and commercial buildings. Prior to this, Raafat gained ten years of architectural design and development engineering construction before relocating to Canada. Raafat has played an integral part in the managing of many notable, award-winning projects in the Greater Toronto Area, including One Financial Place, H.J. Alexander School, The Avenue, One Bedford Drive, River House-Old Mill, Waterpark Place (5 Phases), and the list goes on. Currently, Raafat is managing King Square Mall, Treviso (3 Phases), Harwood & Bayly (2 Phases), The Britt, 11 Wellesley, and 9 Tippett. His ability to coordinate and solve multi-site concerns with excellence has a proven record of client and firm satisfaction.

Cathryn Chopko-Beck

Associate Director | Landscape Architect and Planner
Edmonton, Canada

#english# All# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Data Analytics# #Green# #Landscape Architecture# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Research & Development# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Edmonton, Canada

Cathryn Chopko Beck areas of expertise include landscape and urban design, land use planning, socio-economic analysis/market research, site planning, recreation and tourism planning, policy development and environmental planning.

Chris Jones

Associate | Manager, Landscape Architecture
Boston, USA

#english# All# #Highway / Road Design# #Landscape Architecture# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design#
Boston, USA

Chris Jones directs a variety of campus landscape master planning and site design projects. His efforts also focus on site design for urban mixed-use development projects and associated streetscape restoration.

Jack Chung

Associate Manager, Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential#
Toronto, Canada

Jack Chung has over 20 years of experience specializing in high-rise residential projects. Through his involvement on a number of projects, such as 88 Scott Street, Pears on the Avenue and The KIP, he has developed long-lasting client relationships for the firm. His hands-on experience over the years has enabled him to effectively see a project from design through to project completion.

Stelios Pelantakis

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Land Engineering
Dubai, UAE

#english# All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering#
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Stelios Pelantakis counts over 22 years’ experience in Infrastructure Engineering and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Since joining IBI Group in 2000 he has worked for projects in Greece, UK, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Stelios is Practice Lead for Land Engineering projects in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

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