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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Mar Granados

Associate | Architect
New York, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Residential#
New York, USA

Mar Granados is an architect with over ten years of experience and holds licenses both in Europe and the United States. She has been working as an architect in New York City since 2003 after graduating with a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. She has completed many successful projects globally, including Spain, Italy, Vietnam, Turkey and Singapore. Her extensive knowledge and expertise with design has granted her the opportunity to be a guest juror for multiple studies in schools such as Columbia University, Pratt Institute and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is a key member of IBI Group’s design initiatives.

Jennifer Lem

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #High Rise Residential# #Hotels# #Interiors# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# #Resorts#
Toronto, Canada

Jennifer Lem has highly developed conceptual skills, planning abilities, as well as a keen eye for finishes and details as evidenced by her work on the Edition Hotels (Miami; Waikiki), New World Hotel (Guangzhou), and St. Regis Hotel (Mexico City). Her ability to document and detail the interior environment is integral to her role in developing the Hospitality and Residential Interiors practice, where she is currently working on Minto?s Yorkville Park, Museum House, Harmony Village and the Nitesh Estates amongst projects.

Stephen Donnelly

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Education# #Green# #Higher Education# #Learning+# #Project / Programme Management#
Toronto, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-donnelly-75900069/?ppe=1

Stephen Donnelly is one of the firm’s leading specialists in the design and construction of educational facilities. His experience ranges from childcare centres, elementary and secondary schools to award winning College and University buildings. He has been involved in all facets of project realization for many of the firm’s large-scale sophisticated projects at several Canadian Universities.

Stephen is currently the project manager and lead designer for the new Applied Health Sciences Addition at the University of Waterloo. He has extensive experience delivering projects via a variety of delivery methods including Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build and P3 procurement.

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.

David McKenna

Studio Associate Director
Liverpool, UK

#english# Active Transportation# #All# #Civic & Government# #Green# #Healthcare+# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Higher Education# #Landscape Architecture# #Living+# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Roads & Highways# #Spiritual Places# #Strategic Planning# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Traffic Engineering# #Transportation# #UK Regional# #Water / Wastewater# #Water Resources Management#
Liverpool, United Kingdom
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-mckenna-06485522/
Designing streets and spaces for people whilst accommodating traffic.

David McKenna has over 25 years of experience with the added bonus of dual-qualifications as both a Chartered Landscape Architect and Chartered Engineer. This knowledge and accreditation has enabled David to take a creative, yet practical approach to design and to communicate effectively with professionals.
David is considered a subject matter expert on the IBI landscape team and has particular experience in designing streets and spaces for people. He is particularly adept in projects where water is a significant element and also specializes in Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments.

Mansoor Kazerouni

Global Director, Buildings | IBI Living+
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Residential# #Senior Management#
Toronto, Canada
Every building has its own idiosyncratic constraints of context, site, program, budget, and vocabulary. The challenge is to successfully resolve them into a gracefully crafted architectural composition. Our role as designers is to ensure that each building has its own personality and responds appropriately to its urban context. This is what we do best.

Mansoor Kazerouni is a registered architect and has led the IBI Group design team on some of the firm’s most prestigious residential, hotel, office, institutional, and complex mixed-use projects. His work is characterized by thoughtfulness, design excellence, and attention to detail. Mansoor’s contribution to the urban environment has been acknowledged through awards, publications, and appointments to a number of Urban Design Advisory Panels including the cities of Mississauga, Markham and Vaughan. He actively contributes to the architectural discourse in Toronto as a guest speaker at professional forums and a guest critic at architectural schools.

Mansoor was also Program Co-chair and an Advisory Board Member of ULI Toronto. He has a diploma in Architecture from the Academy of Architecture in Mumbai, and a Masters degree In Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.

Ernie Webster

Associate, Landscape Architect
Calgary, Canada

#english# Airports# #All# #Bridges# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Education# #Fire Stations# #Green# #Healthcare+# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #High Rise Residential# #Higher Education# #Hotels# #Industrial# #K-12 Education# #Landscape Architecture# #Learning+# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Mental Health Care# #Mid Rise Residential# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Office# #P3# #Parking# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Public Outreach# #Residential# #Resorts# #Retail / Commercial# #Roads & Highways# #Seniors Communities# #Special Events# #Spiritual Places# #Stadium / Athletic Facilities# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Calgary, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ernie-webster-07000931/

Ernie Webster is an accomplished designer with over 20 years project experience in the UK and Canada. He has been involved with several wide ranging and prestigious projects and his strengths lie in creating unique, interesting concepts and making them technically sound and constructible within a given budget. He has become known and respected as a well-organized project manager, playing a leading role on various multidisciplinary teams.

Steven Thesier

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Binghamton, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #Education# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Office Lead#
Binghamton, USA

Steven Thesier has more than 26 years of experience with areas of specialty that include project management and project design for new construction and renovations, educational facilities planning, referendum planning for educational facilities, NYSED coordination on school projects, and NYS OGS project development and execution.

Saurabh Bhatia

Associate
New Delhi, India

#english# All# #Engineering# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Strategic Planning# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation#
New Delhi, India

Since joining IBI Group, Saurabh Bhatia has gained diversified international experience in the ICT and ITS industries. Through the combination of an MBA in strategic management and a strong engineering background, he offers the right set of skills for projects that require both management and technical expertise. He has an extensive experience leading the design and deployment of ICT systems and ITS technologies for a diverse clientele in global market sectors including government bodies, transportation & transits, real estate developers, telecommunications service providers, broadcasting, among sectors within the infrastructure space. His work has also included providing strategic consulting to a broad range of clients including developing business and technology strategies and evaluating business cases.

Tom Tsaktsiris

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Resorts# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Toronto, Canada

Tom Tsaktsiris LEED AP BD+C specializes in high-rise Residential and Hospitality projects. His early involvement on a number of high profile projects such as The Four Seasons Hotel and Residences, The Shores at Bronte Harbour and the Toronto Delta Hotel has propelled him to the position of Project Manager where he has further developed his relationships with his clients and honed his management skills, while leading highly motivated multi-member teams. Tom has played an integral role in the successful execution of the Valhalla Condos and Towns for Edilcan, Minto’s Yorkville Park and The Yorkdale Condominiums for Heights Development Inc., where his work is helping to revitalize the Lawrence Heights neighbourhood.

Jeff Hackenbracht

Principal
Westerville, USA

#english# Active Transportation# #All# #Bridges# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Leader# #Project / Programme Management# #Roads & Highways# #Transportation#
Westerville, USA

Jeff Hackenbracht has a strong background in design, engineering and construction project management of roadway and bridge projects. He has successfully managed projects for several clients including ODOT, the City of Columbus, as well as the Delaware and Franklin County Engineers. His attention to detail comes from his in-depth knowledge of ODOT and city requirements. His communication throughout the project development process has earned him high praise from pleased clients. Numerous projects have included new roadway design, roadway widening and resurfacing, ADA compliance upgrades, bikeway design, bridge replacement and rehabilitation, pavement markings, design of new curbs, gutters, sidewalks, storm drainage, traffic signal upgrades, culvert extensions, ditches, grading, design of median barriers and lighting design.

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.

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