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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Sarah Christianson

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Los Angeles, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Seniors Communities# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Los Angeles, USA

Sarah Christianson is a registered Architect AIBC and a LEED GA. Her experience includes complex residential and mixed-use projects as well as ageless living communities, which has contributed to her growing role in the Living+.

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.

Shujun Liu

Associate | Manager, Mechanical Engineering
Toronto West, Canada

#english# All# #Civic & Government# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Mechanical Engineering# #Retail / Commercial# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto West, Canada

Shujun Liu is a Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the design of mechanical systems for industrial, institutional, and commercial buildings for both private and public sector clients. He has in-depth knowledge of building codes and standards, which he applies to the detailed design of HVAC, plumbing, piping, and fire protection systems. Shujun has recently led a ten-man mechanical team for multiple TTC stations, Metrolinx layovers at Mimico and Lewis Road, Metrolinx James Station in Hamilton, the Metrolinx Stouffville Corridor pursuit and the Honda Alliston Paint Shop.

Charlie Hoang

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Transit Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities#
Toronto, Canada

Charlie Hoang is an Architect with 20 years of experience. Over his career, he has built an impressive portfolio of transit projects that includes at-grade stations (Cumberland Bay Station, Victoria Park Station), underground stations (Ottawa LRT, Eglinton LRT, TTC Finch and Union) and service buildings (EEBs, second exits, and maintenance facilities). His responsibilities span all project phases including architectural design, project and design management, client relations, development of functional layouts and design concepts, value engineering, and code compliance coordination between consultants, city officials, and third parties.

Sol Wassermuhl

Director
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #Leader# #Residential#
Toronto, Canada

Sol Wassermuhl has been a pivotal figure in the Toronto architecture community and has served international clients, with projects in Canada, China, Russia and USA. Sol is a member of the Toronto Society of Architects and the Ontario Association of Architects, and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Gianni Ria

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, High Rise Residential
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Leader# #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Canada

Gianni Ria holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto and over the past 30 years, served as lead designer on a number of successful hospitality, residential and commercial projects. Gianni has Recent hospitality projects include the SOHO Metropolitan Hotel and Residences, a four star hotel in Toronto’s entertainment district, and the Hazelton Hotel and Residences in the Trendy Yorkville area of Toronto. Gianni’s work has been recognized through awards and publications.

Jane Sillberg

Global Director, Human Resources
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Senior Management#
Toronto, Canada

Jane Sillberg is the Global Director of Human Resources and is responsible for managing the IBI Group HR team, advising the senior leadership team and managers on business and Human Resources issues, and developing HR policies, processes, and procedures to ensure consistency across the firm. Her role in IBI’s recent structural re-organization included creation of a new performance management program, career path and succession planning, and definition of job descriptions and salary ranges.

Jane is a frequent speaker at HR, benefits, and compensation conferences, and a past board member of the Communications and Technology Council in Ottawa and St. Joseph Health Care in London, Ontario. Jane has a Masters Degree in business management focusing on human resource management.

Jay Claggett

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Planning
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Automotive# #Bridge Engineering# #Civic & Government# #Design Build# #Education# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #High Rise Residential# #Highway / Road Design# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Industrial# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #K-12 Education# #Leader# #Low Rise Residential# #Manufacturing# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Office# #Planning & Urban Design# #Police Stations# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Public Outreach# #Residential# #Resorts# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities# #Software Development# #Spiritual Places# #Transit Oriented Development# #Warehouse & Distribution Centre#
Toronto, Canada
Cities cannot and should not become fixed in time; they are living creatures that evolve and develop over time. The most dynamic and successful cities embrace change by integrating public and private realms with world-class architecture and infrastructure, creating a kind of urban fabric woven from people, places, and things.

Jay Claggett, MCIP, RPP is a land use planner with over 25 years of professional planning and development experience. He has prepared numerous policy reviews, land use investigations, highest and best use analyses, market/financial analyses, site plans, district/master plans and land disposition strategies on behalf of public, institutional and private sector clients. He has been the Project Director or Project Manager for a range of complex real estate and master planning projects involving lands throughout Canada. As a result of Jay’s practical knowledge of the planning process and his excellent working relationships with staff at all levels of government, he has obtained timely planning approvals and successfully negotiated conditions and partnerships for small and large-scale residential developments, commercial, office, institutional and industrial projects.

Diane Phillips

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Ottawa, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Leader# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert#
Ottawa, Canada

Diane Phillips is responsible for architectural projects in the Ottawa practice, and is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Through her architectural, project management, and leadership skills, Diane quickly and accurately grasps her clients’ visions. With over 30 years of practicing architecture in Ontario, Diane has been responsible for the project management, design, contract documents, and contract administration for a wide range of award-winning and published projects.

Michael Kazan

Director | Senior Project Manager
Alexandria, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Green# #Interiors# #Leader# #Office# #Planning & Urban Design# #Strategic Planning# #Systems Engineering#
Alexandria, USA

Michael Kazan is actively involved in the preparation, technical quality, and administration of planning, programming and large-scale public-sector interior design and renovation projects in urban settings. Focused on planning and government projects, Michael has been challenged to integrate historic and contemporary spaces, by introducing state-of-the-art telecommunications, data, and engineering systems, while creating environmentally responsible public-sector facilities. Since joining the firm in 1975 as a facilities planner, Michael has contributed his leadership, strategic planning, and management expertise to community, educational, judicial, municipal, and federal projects throughout the United States. In 1994, he established the office in Alexandria, Virginia, to provide services to our federal and related public-sector clients.

Alex Mereu

Transportation Planner
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Land Use Planning# #Master Planning# #Mobility+# #Planning & Urban Design# #Public Outreach# #Research & Development# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning#
Toronto, Canada

Alex Mereu brings a balanced and perceptive approach to consulting through his professional experience in land use and transportation planning. Alex has gained professional experience developing and analyzing planning alternatives through working on comprehensive master plans, transportation master plans, and benefits case analysis in various international contexts including Saudi Arabia, Germany, New Zealand and Canada. He is passionate about the future of cities and how innovative solutions can help us balance nature and progress as we strive for a more sustainable way of life. Alex is an effective communicator, highlighted by his experience in public consultation and his past role as an interim professor at the University of Waterloo.

Dorin Vargatu

Associate | Manager, Intelligent Systems
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Revenue / Tolling# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Management#
Toronto, Canada

Dorin Vargatu has successfully utilized the knowledge gained through his extensive systems engineering experience to effectively lead various software and systems projects. Dorin specializes in systems analysis, software design and development, systems integration and deployment of real-time electronic toll collection, traffic management and commercial vehicle tracking and control systems.

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