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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 2,600 difference makers is IBI’s Leadership team, setting out a compelling vision and guiding IBI Group towards the future.

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John Knape

Frameworks Director
Rochdale, UK

John Knape
#Frameworks Director# #Acute Care# #Healthcare# ## #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Healthcare# ## #Architecture# #Design Build# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Oncology# #Healthcare# ## #Pediatrics# #Healthcare# ## #Project / Programme Management# #UK Regional#
Rochdale, United Kingdom, Europe

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.

#Europe#
Sumeet Sharma

Associate - General Manager
New Delhi, India

Sumeet Sharma
#Associate - General Manager# #Advanced Traffic Management System# #Transportation# #ATMS# ## #All# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Smart Cities# #Strategic Planning# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation#
New Delhi, India, Asia
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sumeet-sharma-pmp-a484ab5/
Strategizing livable Cities with economic sustainability.

Sumeet has a diverse portfolio of experience in transaction advisory for government bodies to structure public private partnership projects, planning organizational frameworks, real estate joint development projects, techno-economic feasibility studies, marketability analysis of property developments and engineering management for large scale technological projects for smart city developments. He has in-depth knowledge and skillset in development options and feasibility studies including financial and risk analysis of capital intensive infrastructure and real estate projects. He has worked on government infrastructure developments, mega commercial and institutional projects, mixed use developments and housing.

As an engineer and being certified project management professional, he is presently involved in management of technological projects including smart urban systems at Bhubaneswar, India.

#Asia#
Visweswara Rao Gantasala

Associate Director | Senior General Manager
Hyderabad, India

Visweswara Rao Gantasala
#Associate Director | Senior General Manager# #Advanced Traffic Management System# #Transportation# #ATMS# ## #All# #Data Analytics# #Mobile Technology# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Smart Cities# #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Hyderabad, India, Asia
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gantasala/
"The biggest strength of IBI is its philosophy of looking at the cities from the dimension of a citizen while working for the betterment of the cities.”

Visweswara joined IBI Group as a Transportation Systems Engineer in the year 2007 after graduating from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB). As one of the first few hires of IBI India, he has started his career working on toll and HTMS implementation projects for highways. He was involved from the inception of the Indore BRT ITS implementation project (the firm’s first World Bank project in India), which subsequently helped the firm in securing a stream of contracts from The World Bank. In the recent times, he is working on the Hyderabad Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS) Project. Visweswara has been instrumental in building the software development practice in India and is currently working as the Product Manager for the IBI’s Smart City Platform and is also responsible for developing various Urban ITS Software solutions for IBI. He is also the office lead for our Hyderabad office.

#Asia#
Susanna Pon

Associate | Architecture
Calgary, AB

Susanna Pon
#Associate | Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ##
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

As an architect with a structural engineering background, Susanna Pon brings multidisciplinary views and solutions to any project. She has over ten years of experience in master planning, site planning, programming, design, technical production, document coordination, project management, construction administration, and project close-out of new and renovated commercial, institutional, recreational, hospitality, and residential projects. She has worked with numerous client user groups on institutional and recreational projects to consolidate their needs and provide a design that accommodates all groups in a multi-purpose setting.

Jim Fitzpatrick

Principal | Education, Buildings
Portland, OR

Jim Fitzpatrick
#Principal | Education, Buildings# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ##
Portland, Oregon, United States of America

Jim Fitzpatrick has been promoted to serve as Principal of our Portland office. Jim has over 22 years of architectural experience with 16 years of K-12 architectural experience in the Portland office. Jim?s role has been to manage clients, in-house staff, and consultants over the course of multiple education projects of all sizes and complexity. He has an exemplary customer service philosophy of making sure clients get what they need. His attention to detail, thorough planning and communication, and the willingness to go above and beyond ensures projects run smoothly.

Neil Munro

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Neil Munro
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Education# #School# ## #Entertainment Centre# #Commercial# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Stadium / Athletic Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

With over 40 years of professional architectural experience, Neil Munro has a diverse portfolio of work and project experience working with government agencies, residential, institutional, commercial and urban planning clients. Neil has an exemplary record of institutional work including acting as principal in charge for two demanding and complex architectural commissions, the York University Schulich School of Business, which received the Governor General’s Award for Architecture, and University of Waterloo ? School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine recipient of the Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence Award.

Neil has authored papers and given public lectures on ecological and environmental design issues. For his achievement in environmental design, he was also appointed a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Ana-Francisca de la Mora C.

Associate Director - Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Ana-Francisca de la Mora C.
#Associate Director - Practice Lead, Architecture# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Green# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #P3# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Rail# #Transportation# ## #Research & Development# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ## #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ana-francisca-de-la-mora-c-03a85365/

Ana-Francisca de la Mora C., LEED AP, is a licensed architect in both Ontario and Mexico with almost 20 years of experience. Her work is characterized by its innovative, high-quality architectural design with a deep commitment to making healthy places that are accessible and inclusive. Over the last decade, she has focused on large scale transit stations and facilities. She has played an integral role in the successful design and execution of Toronto’s Finch West Station, CN Tower Plaza, Stoney Bus Facility and currently is the lead architect for Keelesdale Station for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. She has also collaborated on international projects, such as design guidelines for the Mobility Hubs (CETRAM) in Mexico City and technical review of the new BRT in Puebla, Mexico on behalf of the World Bank.

Ana-Francisca has served in various committees including the ULI, Harbourfront Centre and UWC alumni and is an active member of the Toronto Society of Architects. Her speaking engagements include talks and workshops at IIDEX, Ryerson University, York University, McMaster University, National University of Mexico (UNAM) and National Arts Centre (CNA) in Mexico

#North America#
Diane Phillips

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Ottawa, ON

Diane Phillips
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Environmental Assessment# #Development Engineering# ## #Leader# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert#
Ottawa, Ontario, 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.

#North America#
Arthur Briggs

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Arthur Briggs
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Arthur Briggs LEED AP has established himself as a team leader over the past ten years with IBI Group. He is highly respected within the industry and has a keen understanding of construction detailing and delivery. He has helped establish IBI Group as a known leader in the design and construction of a wide variety of building types. Arthur presents himself as a resource for all staff and well-respected for his thoroughness.

#North America#
Omar Da Barp

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Omar Da Barp
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, 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.

Natasha Imshenetska

Associate - Manager, Landscape Architecture
Calgary, AB

Natasha Imshenetska
#Associate - Manager, Landscape Architecture# #All# #Commercial# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Landscape Architecture# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ##
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Ms. Natasha Imshenetska, Associate, Manager, Senior Landscape Architect completed her PhD in 2000, majoring in Agricultural Sciences. Natasha is a full member of Alberta Association of Landscape Architects and Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Natasha is a member of Calgary Jury (Registration Committee) and reviews the candidates obtaining the licence as a registered landscape Architect in Alberta. She has over 20 years’ experience in Landscape Architecture in Canada, Russia and Ukraine and has expertise in recreational facilities, planting design, designing landscape for long-term care facility projects, park playgrounds, residential and commercial landscapes, subdivision landscape design, plant ecology and site supervision. Natasha is a well organized project manager and involved in a wide range of project types. Her wide professional knowledge and her ability to create sustainable and interesting landscapes, makes her a valuable member of IBI Group.

Peter Richards

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, ON

Peter Richards
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Engineering# #Landmark Events# #Special Events# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Parking# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-richards-70582261/

Peter Richards has 15 years of experience, with a focus on traffic operations analysis, traffic and parking assessments, and traffic signal coordination. Peter has extensive experience completing traffic impact studies, parking studies, including parking utilization studies for various developments, by-law reviews, and parking standards reviews.

Peter also has experience undertaking traffic capacity analysis, review of multi-modal developments, site circulation and access review, transportation demand management strategies, traffic model calibration, developing and implementing optimized and coordinated signal timing plans, queuing analysis, public consultation sessions, speed and delay surveys, and innovative traffic solutions.

For the Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games Transportation Plan work, Peter was presented the Award of Merit 2016 from the Canadian Institute of Planners for Sustainable Mobility, Transportation and Infrastructure. His professional memberships include Professional Engineers Ontario, Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Canadian Parking Association.

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