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Jared Marcus

Associate | Manager, Planning
Hamilton, ON

#english# #All# #Development Engineering# #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design#
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Jared Marcus is a seasoned veteran of the Hamilton planning practice and has played an integral role in the successful execution of a long list of land development projects in the Hamilton and Niagara markets. Known as the office?s go-to problem solver for matters of site and subdivision design, his expertise in conceptual and technical design and quality assurance coupled with a deep understanding of the planning approvals process has made him a mentor and resource to junior staff over the years.He is responsible for the continued development and growth of design talent and QA initiatives in the practice and more broadly through the office.

Lorraine Bell

Independent Director | Chair of the Audit Committee

#english# #All# #Board Member#
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Ms. Bell is a Corporate Director and a Chartered Professional Accountant with more than 30 years of experience in the financial sector. Ms. Bell is a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee as well as a member of the Governance Committee of Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc.. She recently completed 12 years of service as a Director of the Ontario Financing Authority’s Board of Directors. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Toronto Associates and the Hot Docs Foundation (U.S.A) Board of Directors, both in New York, as well being a Trustee of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

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.

Mark French

Director | US Deputy Education Lead, Buildings
Houston, TX

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

With over 30 years of experience, Mark French LEED AP BD+C offers extensive design and project management experience in educational facilities. He is involved on all aspects of a project including schematic design, design development, construction documents and project management. Mark earned the Recognized Educational Facility Professional designation from the Council of Educational Facility Planners International in 2002 due to his extensive experience in educational facility planning and design. He also achieved the designation of Accredited Learning Environments Planner in 2013.

Salvatore Birritteri

Associate, Architectural Technologist
Denver, CO

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Planning & Urban Design# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation#
Denver, Colorado, United States of America

Sal Birritteri is an Urban Designer with 13 years of experience working on a broad base of multidisciplinary projects. Most recently he has worked on projects that are transit related. These projects include the design of facilities such as passenger shelters, stations and intermodal terminals and have required involvement from conceptual design to construction supervision. His experience on past projects and his training as an Architectural Technologist have given him a strong background in architectural building science. His design and project management skills enable him to effectively see a project from visioning through to construction.

Grace Gao

Associate | Manager, Urban Design
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Green# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility+# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Grace Gao has over 16 years of multidisciplinary experience in urban design, planning and architecture. Her approach to urban planning strives to create healthy, meaningful, balanced and connected communities in a sustainable framework. Grace contributes to a broad range of local and global projects including: urban design and place making; mixed use master planning; TOD neighbourhood development; open space and streetscape, and sports events, on behalf of private, public and institutional sector clients.Her architectural and planning background combined with extensive work experience in a landscape architectural firm have strengthened a comprehensive academic knowledge and a keen sense of scales/ coordination for various type developments. Her effective project management skills, team collaborative spirit, multitasking efficiency and creative design capabilities, are a constant asset to her projects and teams.

Shari Gratke

Project Manager, Architecture
San Jose, CA

#english# #Architecture# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Data / Operations Centre# #Design Build# #Education# #Green# #Higher Education# #Interiors# #K-12 Education# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Learning+# #Library# #Master Planning# #Office# #Parking# #Parks# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach#
San Jose, California, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/shari-gratke-russo-0a275198/

Shari is a Project Manager specializing in K-12 projects and a co-office lead in our San Jose office. With over 20 years of experience in designing education facilities, she has led notable projects in northern California such as the Lincoln Elementary School Modernization and the Cupertino Middle School Modernization for our Cupertino School District client, among many others. A forward-thinking and progressive architect, Shari plays an integral role on projects bringing her experience and confidence to our key clients in education. Shari is a licensed architect in the state of California.

Visweswara Rao Gantasala

Associate Director | Senior General Manager
Hyderabad, India

#english# #Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS)# #Data Analytics# #Mobile Technology# #Mobility+# #Smart Cities# #Software Development# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
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.

Mark Bendix

Director | Office Lead
Toronto West, ON

#english# #Airports# #All# #Automotive# #Bridge Engineering# #Brownfield Development# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Energy# #Engineering# #Hospitality# #Industrial# #Land Use Planning# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Maintenance Facilities# #Manufacturing# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Office Lead# #Parking# #Project / Programme Management# #Strategic Planning# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Terminals# #Transit Planning# #Transportation# #Warehouse & Distribution Centre#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-bendix-46b55b11/
A successful project is usually the result of the close cooperation and team work between the owner, the architect, the engineers, the contractor, and design and construction professionals.

Mark Bendix is a Director and Office Lead with over 35 years of experience in the management, direction and coordination of large technical groups. He has an Electrical Engineering background and has been responsible for the evaluation, planning, design and maintenance of industrial, commercial and institutional facilities across a wide cross section of these sectors. This includes transit facilities, automotive plants, water and wastewater facilities, hotel and entertainment facilities, transformer stations, aviation facilities and office buildings. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in a number of Canadian provinces and is a Fellow of Engineers Canada.

Mark is responsible for the technical and financial performance of the Toronto West office that provides a diverse range of services and oversees the performance of design teams on complex projects. This includes interpreting and understanding the project requirements, confirming these with the various stakeholders and sponsors, identifying the various design services needed, maintaining and adjusting resources as required to meet schedules and budgets, coordinating the various design tasks and teams and executing the design quality assurance and control processes.

Donna Johnston

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #Acute Care# #Ambulatory Care# #Architecture# #Courts# #Design Build# #Education# #Green# #Healthcare# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Low Rise Residential# #Office# #P3# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Donna is a licensed architect and LEED-accredited professional with extensive experience as Project Manager for the programming, master planning, design and construction of complex technical facilities. An Associate with IBI Group with a focus on institutional projects, she has been involved in many challenging educational and science-based lab buildings for diagnostics, research and general academics; transit projects; health care institutions and geriatric facilities, and courthouses. With a solid background in a variety of project delivery types, including compliance-based, design-build, fast-track, P3/AFP, and construction management, she is able to bring creative approaches to the realization of demanding projects. Her experience also extends to corporate, retail, custom residential and interior design. With an integrated and cooperative approach to team-building, Donna frequently assumes the role of user-needs coordinator, and has been the lead for a number of successful and award-winning joint-venture collaborations.

Donna is a graduate of Carleton University.

Ivan Petrovic

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Southfield, MI

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Engineering# #Interiors# #Project / Programme Management# #Strategic Planning#
Southfield, Michigan, United States of America

Ivan Petrovic has over 18 year of diverse experience working in architecture, engineering and construction. He continuously monitors and analyzes project resource utilization and reviews production and delivery methods to maximize efficiency, and identify and implement changes for process and cost improvements. Ivan develops and implements strategic planning initiatives related to the public building market sector to identify potential opportunities for better client care. As Project Manager, Ivan serves as the principal design liaison with our client for the duration of the project and is responsible for the communication of information between the client and the various design group leaders.

Puneet Comar, PE, QSD

Director of Land Development, US West
Irvine, CA

#english# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Green# #Land Use Planning# #Leader# #Public Outreach# #Special Events# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development# #Water Resources Management#
Irvine, California, United States of America
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