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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Omar Da Barp

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Leader# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Canada

Omar Da Barp has over 30 years of experience ranging from design development, preparation of construction documents, contract administration and project management in residential, assisted living, commercial, institutional and recreational projects. Omar is currently overseeing a production department counting over 50 staff members.

Rares Caraba

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Geomatics
Calgary, Canada

#english# All# #Geomatics# #Subject Matter Expert#
Calgary, Canada

Rares Caraba, Alberta Land Surveyor, Canada Land Surveyor, and Engineer, is responsible for acquiring accurate field data, quality control, and applications for land development to the City of Calgary and surrounding Counties and Municipal Districts.

Peter Spal

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Water Resources
Ottawa, Canada

#english# All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Subject Matter Expert# #Water / Wastewater# #Water Resources Management#
Ottawa, Canada

Peter Spal, P.Eng has over 28 years of experience as a Project Manager and Technical Specialist in the field of stormwater management planning, stormwater master servicing and drainage projects, including detailed design, contract administration and inspection. His experience includes various projects ranging from stormwater management studies and infrastructure projects to master drainage plans and flood analysis, which includes numerous projects for the City of Ottawa and the former Region Municipality of Ottawa, Carleton as well as private developers. He has completed numerous stormwater management projects related to site plans for urban development and commercial sites for both infield and greenfield sites.

Peter has been at the forefront of developing creative stormwater management solutions either by generating new solutions or upgrading of the existing aging infrastructure.

Tissa De Silva

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Leader# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #product_Airport Taxi Dispatch# #product_Transmission Operations Optimizer# #product_Transmission Simulator# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration#
Toronto, Canada

Tissa De Silva leads the Toronto Information Technology and Systems practice at IBI Group. He has over 20 years of experience in state-of-the-art information technology system architecture, system design, system development, integration, and delivery of both software and hardware system applications. Tissa has worked on technology planning, computer and communications restructure design, and advanced software systems, design, and implementation throughout his career, leading multi-million dollar projects in Canada, the USA, and the UK.

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.

Mike Murray PE LEED AP

Office Lead
Westerville, USA

#english# All# #Brownfield Development# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Detention Facilities# #Electrical Engineering# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Green# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Office Lead# #Parks# #Public Outreach# #Retail / Commercial# #Roads & Highways# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Transportation# #Warehouse & Distribution Centre# #Water / Wastewater#
Westerville, USA

Mike Murray specializes in the design of civil and transportation infrastructure projects for public and private sector clients across a broad range of project types including traditional and non-traditional public sector transportation; municipal and county clients, commercial and residential development, parks, trails, and schools. He is currently focused on the management, design, construction management/administration of civil/transportation improvement projects which include: horizontal infrastructure (road widenings/new alignments/intersection design/bridge/traffic and access management) commercial, residential, municipal and recreational site developments; storm and sanitary sewer design; water system design; multi-use trails; and recreational spaces as well as construction administration and inspection. Mike?s technical expertise and management capabilities has enabled him to lead many large and innovative projects, including the SR 4 Bypass and several sections of the Ohio River Trail.

Mike also previously served the City of Centerville (Ohio) as Assistant City Engineer. This experience has allow him to assist several communities in Southwest and Central Ohio as the municipalities contract engineer.

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 Christianson

Studio Principal
Vancouver, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Leader# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Resorts#
Vancouver, Canada

Jeff Christianson is a Project Architect with more than 25 years of experience in the design and construction administration of multi-family residential, hotel, and mixed-use projects in Vancouver. He has been involved in all aspects of project development with emphasis on design development through project completion. With over 20 towers completed, he is an experienced Project Leader with expertise in design, design development, working drawings, and construction administration. Recent projects include several high-rise developments for Concord Pacific Place.

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.

Harry S. Fuller

Associate | Landscape Architect
Boston, USA

#english# Active Transportation# #All# #Bridges# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Courts# #Education# #Fire Stations# #Green# #Healthcare+# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Landscape Architecture# #Leader# #Learning+# #Library# #Living+# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility+# #Office# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Police Stations# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Stadium / Athletic Facilities# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Boston, USA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/harry-fuller-b381a67/

Over the past 35 years, Harry Fuller has directed a range of urban open space planning and design projects in New England and elsewhere in the US and abroad. As the US Lead in Planning, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, he divides his time among management, marketing, and project work, bringing the same enthusiastic leadership of people to leadership of complex, multi-year projects.

Mark Drane

Studio Principal
Cardiff, UK

#english# All# #Architecture# #Education# #Higher Education# #Learning+# #Public Outreach# #Research & Development# #Subject Matter Expert# #UK Regional#
Cardiff, United Kingdom

Mark is an architect and member of IBI’s global education practice, IBI Learning+. He leads the firm’s Higher Education and Science practice in the UK. Additionally, Mark is a Doctoral Researcher at the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre at UWE, Bristol with a research interest in the links between wellbeing and the physical environment. Mark firmly believes that the combination of Evidence Based Design and teamwork is the key to solving complex, real-world, problems.

Blair Hamilton

Principal Architect
Houston, USA

#english# All# #Architecture#
Houston, USA

Blair Hamilton contributes over 35 years of diverse architectural experience to IBI Group. He is responsible for all aspects of a project, with particular emphasis on construction documents, project management, and contract administration. His responsibilities include development and management of the firm’s master specifications and quality control standards; as well as contract review and approvals.

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