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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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Lisa D’Abbondanza

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Education# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities#
Toronto, Canada

Lisa D’Abbondanza LEED AP is a Registered Architect in the Toronto office Transit Architecture studio. With over 20 years of experience, her ability to understand and implement rigorous design, management and construction standards has allowed her to successfully serve major institutional clients and municipalities and develop her skills as both a Design Architect and Project Manager. Lisa?s specialization in Transit Architecture began with the award-winning modernization of the TTC Victoria Park Station and Bus Terminal. Lisa played an integral role on the recently completed western segment of the Mississauga Bus Rapid Transit Line consisting of eight transit stations. She is currently the system-wide Architectural Lead for the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit Line consisting of 15 transit stations and ten surface stops. Lisa is a member of Ontario Association of Architects, Canada Green Building Council, Toronto Society of Architecture, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and Women in Transportation Society.

Alexandre Haddad

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Civic/Industrial Buildings
Toronto West, Canada

#english# All# #Automotive# #Civic & Government# #Design Build# #Energy# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Leader# #Manufacturing# #Master Planning# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Retail / Commercial# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto West, Canada

Alex Haddad is a professional engineer with a background in mechanical and aerospace engineering, with over 25 years of experience. Alex is currently responsible for Business Development activities for the Automotive, Manufacturing and Commercial and Government sectors in Canada. His experience includes design and development of various complex projects for a wide range of building types including commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities. His clients have included General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Air Canada, Toronto Hydro, telecommunications firms, and post-secondary education institutions. Alex has been involved in master planning design, management and business development activities. His experience encompasses Construction Management, Design-Bid-Build and Design Build projects.

Robert Lucas

Associate | Manager, Architecture
New York, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Education# #K-12 Education# #Research & Development# #Transportation#
New York, USA

Robert Lucas offers experience in design coordination, presentations, and construction documents. He possesses an extensive knowledge of computer aided drafting, BIM and design. He has worked in all aspects of architectural practices including site survey, space planning, and research. His responsibilities have included areas of project coordination and preparation of construction documents for a range of mass transit and educational facilities including rehabilitation, renovation, additions, and new construction.

Robert has acted as Senior Project Manager and Team Leader for the NYC School Construction Authority team since the Heschel School completion in 2014. He handles all aspects from management to oversight of the technical team.

Paul Bennett

Studio Associate
Dublin, Ireland

#english# Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Data / Operations Centre# #Engineering# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility Hub# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #Parking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Special Events# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Dublin, Ireland
https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulbennett999/

Paul Bennett joined IBI Group ten years ago after a long career as Field Services Director delivering Traffic Management, CCTV and Security operational contracts to Government and the Private Sector. Paul has also been assigned to a number of high profile projects which require design, procurement, delivery and optimisation of Operations Centres, ITS assets, stakeholder processes and integration of key systems. These projects bring together Paul’s technical, quality, commercial, and project management and business change capabilities.

Kaman Pang

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Highway / Road Design# #Traffic Engineering# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation Planning# #Traveller Information#
Toronto, Canada

Kaman Pang has 12 years of experience in the areas of Traffic Signal Operations and ITS. Her traffic signal operations experience includes leading and conducting traffic signal systems reviews, traffic signal coordination and operations reviews, corridor alternative evaluations, route alternative analysis, and microsimulation analysis. Her ITS experience includes the design and implementation of transit signal priority and transit related ITS elements, the deployment of advanced traveller information systems, and the deployment of video display walls.

Audrey Jacob

Deputy Regional Director, Canada East
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Leader# #Mixed Use# #Office Lead# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Senior Management#
Toronto, Canada
The beauty of IBI Group is that I can easily tap into relevant, top-notch expertise to add value to the work I do for clients.

As Deputy Regional Director of Canada East, Audrey Jacob is responsible for the financial performance of the IBI Group Toronto office and works with her Regional colleagues to ensure effective teaming and collaboration, liaising with the Canada East practice leaders. Audrey is a Registered Professional Planner, a Professional Land Economist with more than 25 years of experience. She leads the firm’s Real Estate Economic & Planning practice specializing in growth management/land needs, market analysis, development/financial feasibility/strategy, economic impact, development charges, and municipal financial impact analysis. Audrey has a BA in Geography from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Urban Planning from McGill University and a member of Pragma Council (University of Waterloo), Lambda Alpha, and the Urban Land Institute.

Homayoun Vahidi

Director
Vancouver, Canada

#english# All# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Management# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering#
Vancouver, Canada

Homayoun Vahidi has over 20 years of experience in the management, planning, design, implementation, evaluation, operation, and maintenance of ITS projects and is in charge of IBI Group’s engineering and systems practice in British Columbia. Homayoun has broad and combined expertise in transportation engineering and systems, with specialty expertise in technology applications. He has led numerous large-scale transportation systems projects for the Province of British Columbia and for TransLink in the Metro Vancouver region over the past decade.

Stephen Shawcross

Director
Calgary, Canada

#english# All# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Green# #Leader# #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# #Research & Development# #Residential# #Water Resources Management#
Calgary, Canada
Personal health and well-being are intrinsically linked to a strong sense of community, which is a product of thoughtful urban design and a balancing of environmental, social, and economic factors. These fundamental principles underlie the places I am inspired daily to create along with my fellow practitioners at IBI Group.

Stephen Shawcross is a planning consultant specializing in master planning, urban design, market research, economic/financial impact analysis, and water resource management. He has over 40 years of experience across Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and the USA where he has been involved in hundreds of planning assignments, along with the development of numerous award-winning and environmentally-sustainable communities. Stephen is a sought after conference speaker on the impact of emerging social, environmental, and economic trends on various aspects of community development.

John Knape

Frameworks Director
Rochdale, UK

#english# Acute Care# #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Architecture# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Civil Engineering# #Design Build# #Healthcare+# #Highway / Road Design# #Interiors# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Landscape Architecture# #Oncology# #Parking# #Pediatrics# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Systems# #UK Regional#
Rochdale, United Kingdom

John Knape is a qualified Architect with over 30 years of post-qualification experience and has been especially committed to the design of healthcare facilities and building types which fulfil social needs. His experience covers work in both the public and private sectors and he can draw upon a thorough knowledge of relevant design standards including Department of Health Building Notes and Technical Memoranda. John has experience of a wide range of procurement methods including traditional and two-stage tendering, design & build, partnering, management contracting and PFI and in his role as the practice’s Frameworks Director, has been instrumental in leading successful bid processes to secure IBI’s position as Primary Supply Chain Members on all three UK national healthcare Frameworks.

John has recently led teams on a number of projects in both the acute and primary care sectors, including the award winning development at Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool. John is keen to pioneer innovative design solutions such as the “Barn Theatre” concept, but places great emphasis on excellent relationships with client and contractor as the key to a successful project.

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.

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.

Jamie Wright

Director
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Leader# #Living+# #Office Lead# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Canada
I love the range of our practice, from master planning, which calls upon an architect's collective experience to address regional issues, to custom residential where specific design solutions evolve directly with a few people.

Jamie Wright is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the recipient of the Order of da Vinci award for his work on behalf of the profession. Over the past 40 years, he has been the principal-in-charge of some of the firm’s most important residential, commercial, and institutional projects, many of which have received prestigious design awards including two Governor General’s Medals in Architecture.

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