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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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Gabriel Pavel

Associate | Manager, Systems Engineering
Richmond Hill, ON

#english# #All# #Data Analytics# #Energy# #Engineering# #Municipal Services# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration#
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Gabriel Pavel is a Project Manager with over 20 years of experience in process controls design and systems engineering, networking, and SCADA systems, electrical controls, loop controllers, AC drives, and process and analytical instrumentation. Gabriel has a wide range of experience in municipal water/wastewater, food/pharmaceutical, and energy/utility process control, including design, development and on-site commissioning.

Saurabh Bhatia

Associate Director | Sr. General Manager
New Delhi, India

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

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.

Sylvia Hajo

Associate, Interior Designer
Houston, TX

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Education# #Interiors# #Retail / Commercial#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

Sylvia Hajo has over 20 years of interior design experience, with a specialization in the design of spaces for educational, commercial, health care and institutional clients. Her primary responsibilities include: design management of the project, design collaboration with client, creating interior design concepts, specifying furniture and fixtures, equipment , managing the interior design process including all furniture selections and specifications, overseeing interior project schedules, and adhering to furniture/fabrics/accessories project budgets. Sylvia is conscientious, precise, and is known as an effective communicator with client and stakeholder groups.

Saif Zaidi

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Interiors# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Resorts#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/saif-zaidi-oaa-49158422

Saif Zaidi is an Intern Architect (OAA) with over 15 years of comprehensive experience in architectural and interior design projects, responsible for concept and design to drawings through to execution. He has demonstrated expertise in conceptualizing, designing, contract management, project management, and business development.

Saif is the team lead for Hospitality & High-Rise Residential Interiors and has designed projects ranging from small residences to large scale mixed-use, retail, corporate office interiors, high-rise residential and hospitality. Working on design-build module projects has enabled him to provide practical design solutions and coordinate with multidisciplinary trades more effectively. His attention to detail and excellent problem solving skills ensure that every project he works on is completed on schedule and to the highest possible standard.

Helen Parkyns

Studio Principal
Birmingham, UK

#english# #All# #Data Analytics# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Highway / Road Design# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Systems# #Traffic Management# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #UK Regional#
Birmingham, United Kingdom, Europe

Helen Parkyns has 20 years of experience working on many of the UK and Europe’s flagship ITS projects. She is an internationally respected project manager who combines technical insight and accomplished communication and team management skills to deliver operational ITS projects and services. She has worked on all aspects of the lifecycle of ITS projects, from feasibility studies through to implementation and post-project evaluation. Helen has extensive experience in the development of policy and business cases, operational management of road networks and traffic control centres, driver information systems and behavioural responses to such systems, data exchange, trends analysis and data manipulation, national and European projects.

Neno Kovacevic

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Urban Design / Landscape Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Energy# #Highway / Road Design# #Land Use Planning# #Landscape Architecture# #Master Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Subject Matter Expert# #Water Resources Management#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/neno-kovacevic-91971015/

Neno Kovacevic is a leading Landscape Architect and Urban Designer who has worked on numerous initiatives in North America, Central America and internationally. He brings more than 20 years of experience to environmentally sensitive design, integrating sustainability into community master planning, parks, open space, urban public plazas and streetscape design. His experience reflects the diverse, evolving role of landscape architecture in facilitating economic development, community building and sustainability. His work is distinguished by a talent to identify and resolve client issues through visionary and practical design solutions, supported by solid project management skills and a proven ability to work as a contributing member of a collaborative design team.
In 1994 he completed his Masters degree in landscape architecture at Edinburgh University and is fully registered to practise in Canada, the United States and Montenegro.

Jennifer Lem

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
New York, NY

#english# #All# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #High Rise Residential# #Hotels# #Interiors# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# #Resorts#
New York, New York, United States of America

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.

Jeremy Theodore

Principal | Education Practice Lead
Seattle, WA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Learning+#
Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Jeremy Theodore leads the Seattle education practice and has shown solid growth in Seattle and beyond. An architect with a Masters degree in engineering and prior construction experience, Jeremy has a deep understanding of the whole planning and design process, from the vision required to bring a campus or community’s story to life, to smart construction phasing, integrated systems, and refined details. These experiences have given Jeremy a genuine respect for each person’s role in the design process as well as an understanding of the artistic opportunities and technical needs embodied in each issue.

Kim Van Ruskenveld

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Edmonton, AB

#english# #Education# #High Rise Residential# #Interiors# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities#
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

A NCIDQ-Certified Interior Designer with over ten years of design and management experience, Kim is the Regional Interior Design Lead for Canada West. Kim has acted as design lead on a wide range of projects, overseeing the entire project process from programming, design development, through to contract administration. Kim has experience in corporate, commercial, office, healthcare, residential, retail, and institutional projects.

Her current work includes the City of Edmonton Co located Emergency Dispatch 911 Centre, the Grande Prairie Regional College National Bee Diagnostic Centre, and the Alberta Education – Provincial Marking Centre Relocation. Kim holds memberships with Canada Green Building Council, Interior Designers of Alberta, and the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

Jay Claggett

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Planning
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Industrial# #Land Use Planning# #Leader# #Master Planning# #Mobility Hub# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities#
Toronto, Ontario, 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.

Ryan Hutson

Associate - Manager, Transportation Engineering
Westerville, OH

#english# #Civic & Government# #Civil Engineering# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Highway / Road Design# #Mobility+# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Roads & Highways# #Smart Cities# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Technology# #Transportation Engineering#
Westerville, Ohio, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-hutson-pe-ps-00a4163a

Ryan is the Manager for Transportation Engineering in Ohio. With nearly 15 years of experience, he is known for leading our general engineering contracts with the Ohio Department of Transportation. These contracts include all aspects of transportation engineering. Our most recent contract includes ODOT’s first on-call contract for intelligent transportation systems (ITS) services, which will be provided by our intelligence group. An unusual project that Ryan worked on was 24 miles of new border fence in Yuma, Arizona. A graduate of the Ohio State University, Ryan is a licensed professional engineer in nine states and is also a licensed professional surveyor in three states. He also served as the President of the Engineer’s Club of Columbus, Ohio (from 2017-18), which is the one of the oldest clubs of its kind, founded in 1888.

Jonathan Levy

Associate - Manager, Transportation Engineering
San Diego, CA

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civil Engineering# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Operations & Maintenance# #P3# #Parking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Roads & Highways# #Systems# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering#
San Diego, California, United States of America

Jonathan Levy has 40 years of experience in engineering and public works and known for his ability to produce results working with complex public agencies including the, the City of Los Angeles, Caltrans, CPUC and the City of San Diego.

Jonathan is registered both as a Civil and Traffic Engineer in the State of California, and as a Professional Engineer in the State of New York. His various responsibilities over the years included multi-modal transportation planning, traffic engineering, construction management, and public works maintenance.

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