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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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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.

Steve Kuo

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Steve Kuo holds a Master Degree in Architecture from Cornell University and has 25 years of experience in all stages of architectural process with particular focus in design development, technical planning, construction documentation and management during building phase with a specialization in mixed use and high-rise residential projects.

As Project Manager, he oversees production of working drawings, contract administration and leads consultant teams for Client/Owner representatives as well as directs an Internal staff of ten on various large scale projects including Maple Leaf Square and Air Canada Centre.

Rachel Hutchins

Studio Associate
Manchester, England

#english# #Active Transportation# #Data / Operations Centre# #Landmark Events# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Placemaking# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Smart Cities# #Spatial Intelligence# #Stadium / Athletic Facilities# #Subject Matter Expert# #Traffic Management# #Transit Management# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information# #UK Regional# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-hutchins-97861556/

Rachel Hutchins is a spatial data expert who helps coordinate our Geographical Information Systems (GIS) offering globally. Rachel started working with IBI for the London 2012 Olympic games, and has helped shape our international Games offering on further projects such as the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games.

Rachel specializes in the analysis of transport data and works with clients such as Highways England, Transport for Greater Manchester and Transport for London, to use this data to provide innovative answers to complex transport challenges. In addition to the Transport Sector, Rachel provides spatial data expertise to projects across IBI’s portfolio. Rachel often coordinates with multiple stakeholders from different agencies to ensure projects are delivered to the highest standard, on time and on budget.

Ryan Tomas

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Engineering
Edmonton, AB

#english# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Roads & Highways#
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-tomas-ab2866a7/

Ryan Tomas, a Professional Engineer with over five years of experience in municipal engineering. Ryan has provided preliminary and detailed engineering design, project management, contract administration, construction supervision and surveying for various projects throughout the City of Edmonton and surrounding area.

Henry Burstyn

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Architecture# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Green# #Healthcare+# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Leader# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Parking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/henry-burstyn-74314794/

Henry Burstyn has over 20 years of experience and has developed a significant portfolio of work in residential, commercial, institutional, master plans and complex urban mixed-use projects leading multidisciplinary teams. His extended experience covers a wide range of building types from multi-unit residential (condominium, rental and townhouses) to institutional schools, retrofits and larger commercial centres. Henry’s contribution to projects has been acknowledged through being a guest lecturer and his projects being awarded a number of prestigious design awards including Pinnacle Awards, Oakville’s LBD Award of Excellence, OAA Award of Excellence, RAIC Award and the Governor General’s Award.

Sol Wassermuhl

Director
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential#
Toronto, Ontario, 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.

Eric Czerniak

Associate | Manager, Buildings Projects
Toronto West, ON

#english# #All# #Design Build# #Energy# #Engineering# #Industrial# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Transit Facilities#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

Eric Czerniak has over 20 years of experience in design and project management serving both public and private sector clients. His expertise spans the transit, industrial, commercial, energy and land development sectors. Eric has been involved in all aspects of project development, from the feasibility study phase through to preparation of technical documentation including design drawings and specifications; permitting, licensing and approvals; tendering and award; contract administration; testing and commissioning and project close-out. He is experienced in leading teams representing IBI Group as the owner’s engineer and architect which includes preparing the terms of reference; being the client’s technical advisor and representing different clients in the procurement and award of design and construction contracts. Eric is a team player and an effective communicator having managed multidisciplinary teams on projects delivered under different delivery methods including design-bid-build; design-build and AFP/P3. Eric is also a volunteer with the Professional Engineers Ontario, serving on a professional standards sub-committee for joint coordinating professionals.

Mike Richardson

Studio Director
Manchester, UK

#english# #Acute Care# #Ambulatory Care# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Courts# #Design Build# #Detention Facilities# #Education# #Fire Stations# #Healthcare# #Healthcare+# #Interiors# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Leader# #Living+# #Mental Health Care# #Office# #Oncology# #Police Stations# #Project / Programme Management# #UK Regional#
Manchester, United Kingdom, Europe

Mike Richardson is the Global Quality Management Steering Committee Chair, Justice Sector Lead and has responsibility for both QM and Health & Safety within the UK & Ireland.


With over 29 years of experience, Mike has developed an acknowledged reputation for high quality, award winning innovative design solutions. Mike has experience developing complex bespoke briefs with Government Departments, clients and stakeholders. He has senior responsibility and specializes in the design and delivery of multi faceted projects including a diverse range of secure, blue light, healthcare, and education building types throughout the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands.

Donald Verbanac

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #Active Transportation# #Airports# #All# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Light Rail Transit# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Ports# #Project / Programme Management# #Rail# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://ca.linkedin.com/in/donald-verbanac-677b06a0

Don Verbanac is an interdisciplinary Project Manager specializing in transit facilities. Don has 20 years of combined experience in architecture, urban planning, transportation, retail and industrial design from Canada, the USA, Mexico and the Netherlands. For the past decade, Don has primarily worked on BRT, LRT and subway (metro) stations as well as bus terminals and on-street transit facilities. His multidisciplinary background along with his acumen for complex engineering projects have been applied to Waterloo?s King-Victoria Transit Hub, Mississauga BRT, and the successful bid for two large P3 LRT projects in Canada.

Don has professional degrees in urban planning (BAA) from Ryerson University and an architecture degree (M.Arch) from the University of Manitoba. Don is registered as an architect (Bureau Architectenregister-SBA) in the Netherlands, as an intern architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, as well as a registered professional planner (RPP) with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners. Don is currently the Segment (Design) Manager on Science Centre and Kennedy Stations where he is managing interdisciplinary design works in parallel with construction as part of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

Matt Colwill

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Vancouver, BC

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Data / Operations Centre# #Engineering# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Rail# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Special Events# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Planning# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Water Resources Management# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattcolwill/

Matt Colwill, BA.Sc, P.Eng, has 15 years of experience in the fields of road user safety and traffic operations. Matt has conducted operational and safety reviews for a range of public sector clients, at all levels of government, including the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, the City of Toronto, the City of Ottawa, York Region, the City of Waterloo, Transport Canada, and a number of private sector clients. These projects have involved safety and operational assessments of freeways, rural highways, urban and suburban arterials, and local roadways, and they have addressed the needs of vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and specialty road users.

Matt is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and serves as the Transportation Safety Committee representative to the Sustainability Standing Committee. He is also an active participant in the Road Safety Committee of Ontario.

Matt has also published papers and presented at the Transportation Association of Canada annual meeting, addressing topics that include the safety impacts of freeway HOV lanes, the effectiveness of winter weather collision countermeasures, and designing streets to protect vulnerable road users.

Rod Sieker

Director | Office Lead
Calgary, AB

#english# #All# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Leader# #Municipal Services# #Office Lead# #Project / Programme Management#
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Rod Sieker is a professional engineer with over 20 years of experience in municipal engineering. He specializes in land development, including residential, commercial, and industrial projects, and has provided preliminary and detailed engineering design, site planning, project management and contract administration, and construction supervision. He has also completed site servicing assessments addressing sanitary, stormwater, potable water supply, and transportation requirements for greenfield developments and redevelopment projects.

Nanette Shahinian

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Nanette Shahinian is an Architect with over 30 years’ experience in residential and institutional buildings. She has worked on a range of buildings from high-end boutique condominiums to large scale mixed use projects. Through her involvement on high-profile projects such as Chaz Condominium, The Avenue, South Park Halifax and the Bathurst JCC, she has developed relationships with both long-standing and new clients. Nannette’s work is characterized by the desire to develop design solutions for complex buildings, which fully satisfy the client’s needs, and the detailing and physical quality of our built environment.

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