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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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Ray Whitchurch

Associate | Urban Planner
Salt Lake City, USA

#english# All# #Civic & Government# #Development Engineering# #Land Use Planning# #Landscape Architecture# #Mixed Use# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach#
Salt Lake City, USA

Ray Whitchurch is a project manager, Landscape Architect, Urban Designer and Planner, for large-scale federal, state, municipal, institutional, mixed use villages, commercial, and residential projects. With 26 years of experience, his projects have included landscape designs, architectural design, land planning and re-zoning, municipality general plans, subdivision development, public reviews and outreach.

Neil Munro

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Education# #Entertainment Centre# #Higher Education# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Stadium / Athletic Facilities# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, 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.

Kirk Shimazu

Associate | Project Manager
Los Angeles, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Leader# #Library# #Planning & Urban Design# #Subject Matter Expert#
Los Angeles, USA

Kirk Shimazu is the US Civic Lead where he draws upon over 40 years of architecture, planning and urban design experience. His critical thinking skills enables him to engage in thoughtful design solutions from the earliest design phases through construction documents minimizing change orders in the field. He effectively leads project teams and assures client goals and expectations are met in a timely and economical manner. Kirk’s extensive project background and strength in design have been key to the ultimate success of numerous project assignments. His commitment to quality design informs the development of the building elements, systems, materials and details to achieve functionality, durability and long-term flexibility through the process of value design.

Homayoun Vahidi

Director
Vancouver, Canada

#english# All# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Management# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering#
Vancouver, Canada

Homayoun Vahidi has over 20 years of experience in the management, planning, design, implementation, evaluation, operation, and maintenance of ITS projects and is in charge of IBI Group’s engineering and systems practice in British Columbia. Homayoun has broad and combined expertise in transportation engineering and systems, with specialty expertise in technology applications. He has led numerous large-scale transportation systems projects for the Province of British Columbia and for TransLink in the Metro Vancouver region over the past decade.

Stephen Sowa

Project Architect
San Jose, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #Education# #Green# #Learning+# #Public Outreach# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
San Jose, USA

Stephen Sowa, AIA LEED AP has been a project architect with IBI Group for the last 13 years, and has a total of 28 years of experience. He adds his passion through the design, and management of built projects through a collaborative effort with the client, stake holders, community leaders and staff. Included are his strong insights in sustainable, healthy environments and a commitment to decreasing our footprint into each project.

Chris Jones

Associate | Manager, Landscape Architecture
Boston, USA

#english# All# #Highway / Road Design# #Landscape Architecture# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design#
Boston, USA

Chris Jones directs a variety of campus landscape master planning and site design projects. His efforts also focus on site design for urban mixed-use development projects and associated streetscape restoration.

Matt Colwill

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, Canada

#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#
Toronto, 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.

Craig Atkinson

Associate, Project Architect
Los Angeles, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Design Build# #Education# #Fire Stations# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Library# #Master Planning# #Police Stations# #Public Outreach#
Los Angeles, USA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-atkinson-2bba6b42/

Craig Atkinson is a lead in the Southern California Education sector with more than 27 years of experience in the design and construction of public projects in the educational and civic sectors. He has extensive knowledge and ‘know how’ in community relations, project consensus building, design, planning, project delivery, and quality control.

Craig’s years of project management experience for public clients throughout California have made him a resource for client and community relations and quality control within IBI Group. He has also served on the Santa Barbara County, North County Board of Architectural Review, coached various sports including Special Olympics.

Jack Chung

Associate Manager, Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential#
Toronto, Canada

Jack Chung has over 20 years of experience specializing in high-rise residential projects. Through his involvement on a number of projects, such as 88 Scott Street, Pears on the Avenue and The KIP, he has developed long-lasting client relationships for the firm. His hands-on experience over the years has enabled him to effectively see a project from design through to project completion.

Peter Pillman

Director, Architecture Lead
Salt Lake City & Denver, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office Lead# #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development#
Salt Lake City & Denver, USA
"Make it matter."

Peter Pillman holds degrees in both Environmental Studies and Architecture, which is the foundation to his more than 20 years of widespread experience in master planning and urban design projects. This breadth of knowledge and experience is a key factor in his level of comfort working in the multi-disciplined environment of land use planning and transit planning, producing master plans based on the key principles of Transit Oriented Development. Peter provides leadership and administration as part of the US West region, focusing on Utah, Texas, and Colorado. In addition to this role, he is also the US Lead for Living+.

David Nicholas

Associate, Landscape Architect
Salt Lake City, USA

#english# All# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Hotels# #Landscape Architecture# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Public Outreach# #Residential# #Resorts# #Transit Oriented Development#
Salt Lake City, USA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-nicholas-b1270a85/

David Nicholas is a registered Landscape Architect that brings diverse planning, design and implementation experience to IBI Group with an emphasis in parks and recreation, urban design and institutional work. With a Bachelors degree in design from Arizona State University, David has managed and led award-winning projects that have become focal points of their communities.

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.

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