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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James Sorensen

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Boston, USA

#english# All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Engineering# #Mobility+# #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert# #Traffic Management# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
Boston, USA

James Sorensen specializes in ITS projects and has led a wide variety of advanced public transportation systems, traveller information systems, traffic management applications, and public safety and emergency response technologies. He also has provided ITS strategic planning and technology assessments for a wide variety of public agency and private sector clients. James was the Project Manager for the ITS and Communications Design of the CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit project, the Bridgeport Connecticut ATMS and Operations project, and the development of regional ITS architecture for Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Puerto Rico.

James is a past president of the Intelligent Transportation Society of Massachusetts and a recipient of their Award of Excellence. He has worked on two projects that have received the Intelligent Transportation Society of Connecticut?s Project of the Year Award. He is also a member of IBI Group’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Working Group.

Walter Estay

Educational Facilities Practice Lead
San Jose, USA

#english# All# #Office Lead# #Subject Matter Expert#
San Jose, USA

Walter Estay is the Northern California Educational Facilities Practice Lead. With over 30 years of experience in the hospitality, civic, and education building sectors, Walter’s current and primary focus is on developing educational facilities for next generation learners. With his extensive knowledge in community engagement, consensus building, planning, project delivery, and quality control, Walter delivers innovative solutions that meet the current and future needs of students and staff.

In addition to his role as Educational Facilities Practice Lead, he also serves as the managing principal of Northern California. He is responsible for guiding the operations and management of the San Jose, San Luis Obispo, and Bakersfield, California offices. Walter’s role as Managing Principal is multifaceted. He leads the successful execution of a wide variety of educational and civic projects while continuously challenging and guiding the professionals with whom he works to advance in their careers and strive for excellence. He has embraced this new people-centric role as an opportunity to focus on morale, culture, people, and learning.

Walter’s design portfolio features academic buildings, facility master plans, facility assessments, libraries, athletic facilities, and district administration buildings. He has completed planning and design services for a multitude of school districts located in Nevada, Texas, and California. Walter has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Houston and is a licensed architect.

Mark French

Senior Principal
Houston, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Houston, USA

With over 30 years of experience, Mark French LEED AP BD+C offers extensive design and project management experience in educational facilities. He is involved on all aspects of a project including schematic design, design development, construction documents and project management. Mark earned the Recognized Educational Facility Professional designation from the Council of Educational Facility Planners International in 2002 due to his extensive experience in educational facility planning and design. He also achieved the designation of Accredited Learning Environments Planner in 2013.

Tuere Fa’aola

Transportation Planner
San Diego, USA

#english# Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Engineering# #Land Use Planning# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Parking# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation Planning# #Wayfinding & Signage#
San Diego, USA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tuere-fa-aola-ptp-b6a12813

Tuere Fa’aola’s areas of expertise in transportation planning range from transit analysis, alternatives analysis, multimodal analysis, travel demand forecasting, and varied traffic analyses. Tuere has managed and led the preparation of corridor studies, transit studies, micro simulation analysis, parking and traffic impact studies. In addition, she has experience in general planning studies that include, but are not limited to, pedestrian master plans, circulation elements, and regional agency MOUs.

Jonathan Levy

Associate
San Diego, USA

#english# Active Transportation# #All# #Bridge Engineering# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civil Engineering# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Operations & Maintenance# #P3# #Parking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Roads & Highways# #Systems# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning#
San Diego, USA

Jonathan Levy has 40 years of experience in engineering and public works and known for his ability to produce results working with complex public agencies including the, the City of Los Angeles, Caltrans, CPUC and the City of San Diego.

Jonathan is registered both as a Civil and Traffic Engineer in the State of California, and as a Professional Engineer in the State of New York. His various responsibilities over the years included multi-modal transportation planning, traffic engineering, construction management, and public works maintenance.

Danny Brewster

Associate, Architect
Houston, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #Mobility+# #Retail / Commercial# #Strategic Planning#
Houston, USA

Danny Brewster brings over 20 years of institutional and commercial architectural experience. He has successfully managed projects with tight constraints and budget parameters including new facilities, additions and renovations. He is involved in every project phase and has a reputation for effectively leading large, complex teams and creating sustainable solutions for clients. His commitment to thoughtful strategic planning encourages industry leadership.

Ian Nelson

Associate | Manager, Information Communications Technology
Toronto, Canada

#english# Airports# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Civil Engineering# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Data / Operations Centre# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Education# #Engineering# #Green# #Higher Education# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #K-12 Education# #Library# #Light Rail Transit# #Office# #P3# #Ports# #Project / Programme Management# #Research & Development# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Water Resources Management# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ian-nelson-06047b21/
The future city doesn't have departments managing operations from isolated facilities with separate staff. It makes use of ICT infrastructure, integrated operations, intelligent systems, and data analytics to more effectively deliver services to its citizens.

Ian Nelson joined IBI Group in 2001 and has diversified experience in the ICT and ITS industries, leading the planning, design, and integration for a diverse clientele in market sectors including government, transportation, transit, and education. Ian has global experience from work in over seven countries. Ian has experience working on all phases of a project life cycle, starting from business case development and strategic analysis, through to preliminary design, detailed design, procurement management and construction administration.

Specific knowledge and experience includes fibre optic communications, wireless communications, data centres, large operation centre, CCTV and video management systems, audio-visual systems, and intelligent building technologies.

Rahul Mehra

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Bridge Engineering# #Brownfield Development# #Civil Engineering# #Data / Operations Centre# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Healthcare+# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Learning+# #Living+# #Mechanical Engineering# #Mobility+# #Municipal Services# #Operations & Maintenance# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Software Development# #Subject Matter Expert# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Management# #Transit Planning# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rahul-mehra-b804b33/

Rahul Mehra is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario with 15 years of experience. He joined IBI Group upon graduation and has built an extensive background in tolling and revenue systems and manages the broad scope of these projects from design, through implementation, solution deployment into the ongoing operation and maintenance of IBI’s systems. Rahul was a key participant in the Health Care Challenge initiative and has continued to collaborate with colleagues from sectors to advance IBI?s interests in the area of health care related solutions.

Rahul is currently dividing his time between a number of tolling projects in Mexico, testing for the development of new standards with the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, and several toll consulting assignments across North America.

Jill Mackay

Associate
Seattle, USA

#english# All# #Mobility+# #Municipal Services# #Product_sAVe App# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Software Development# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Traveller Information#
Seattle, USA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jill-mackay-pmp-79566a7/

Upon joining IBI Group, Jill Mackay was tasked to develop Regional ITS architecture for a broad range of clients, including throughout the state of Washington. Through the facilitation of stakeholder workshops, Jill became adept at helping agencies identify a vision and strategic path for the identification, prioritization and implementation of innovative transportation technologies that would improve operational efficiencies and performance.

Beyond the planning phase, Jill has worked on fare collection, electronic toll collection and CAD/AVL system implementations from the initial needs assessment phase through to systems acceptance. Currently, Jill is leading IBI Group’s multidisciplinary Connected and Autonomous Vehicles practice, which is comprised of professionals dedicated to guiding our traffic and transit agency clients on how to plan, prepare and benefit from innovative autonomous technologies. A team from the CAV Working Group was recently a finalist in New York?s Driverless Future design challenge, which sought ideas on how automated vehicles could address urban growth issues in New York City.

Bill Kussro

Associate Director, Operations Manager
Southfield, USA

#english# All# #Civil Engineering# #Engineering# #Structural Engineering#
Southfield, USA

Bill Kussro is a Licensed Professional Civil and Structural Engineer in 49 states and responsible for managing a group of 30 structural engineers, civil engineers and CAD designers. He is ultimately responsible for the technical accuracy, administrative aspects and overall quality control of the projects assigned to the team. He is also involved in planning, conducting and supervising a variety of engineering assignments requiring the application of detailed technical principles and practices to solve problems of significant complexity.

James Loucks

Associate | Interior Designer
Alexandria, USA

#english# All# #Civic & Government# #Courts# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Interiors# #Leader# #Living+# #Subject Matter Expert#
Alexandria, USA

Over the past 18 years, James Loucks has been involved in every type of project, from historic offices to technical space and public facilities. As the US Interiors Lead, these skills are leveraged to manage multiple projects. One of his most recent notable projects involved the phased reorganization and renovation of 200,000 sq ft of space for the National Institutes of Health.

Puneet Comar, PE, QSD

Director of Land Development, US West
Irvine, USA

#english# All# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Brownfield Development# #Civic & Government# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Education# #Engineering# #Green# #Hotels# #K-12 Education# #Land Use Planning# #Leader# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Master Planning# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Public Outreach# #Residential# #Resorts# #Retail / Commercial# #Roads & Highways# #Special Events# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development# #Water Resources Management#
Irvine, USA
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