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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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Celia Johnstone

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civil Infrastructure# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Office Lead# #Project / Programme Management# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Transit architecture is no longer seen as just a utility, it plays a vital role in creating sustainable cities around the world as populations shift to urban centres. Great design can make infrastructure both efficient and beautiful, a source of delight on your daily commute as well as a lasting contribution to the community.

Celia Johnstone LEED AP is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. She has over 20 years of experience in coordinating complex, multidisciplinary public-transit facility projects, as well as all facets of practice management. Celia has a portfolio of major transit infrastructure design projects, including underground, at-grade, and elevated transit facility design for the TTC, GTAA, and GO Transit. She is the lead architect for the new Redline LRT, the first subway system in Tel Aviv.

Mojgan Nozari

Associate, Project Manager
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Mojan Nozari is an Intern Architect experienced in mixed-use residential/commercial high-rises, libraries, office buildings, and community centres. She has expertise in schematic design and development; technical drawings and detailing; as well as building codes in British Columbia and California. Her LEED and MAIBC registrations are in progress.

Stelios Pelantakis

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Land Engineering
Dubai, UAE

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Technology# #Transportation#
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East

Stelios Pelantakis counts over 22 years’ experience in Infrastructure Engineering and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Since joining IBI Group in 2000 he has worked for projects in Greece, UK, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Stelios is Practice Lead for Land Engineering projects in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

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.

Neil Lewin

Managing Principal, Manchester
Manchester, UK

#english# #Acute Care# #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Architecture# #Automotive# #Civic & Government# #Courts# #Design Build# #Fire Stations# #High Rise Residential# #Industrial# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Leader# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Manufacturing# #Mental Health Care# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Oncology# #Parks# #Pediatrics# #Placemaking# #Police Stations# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Stadium / Athletic Facilities# #Transit Oriented Development# #UK Regional# #Warehouse & Distribution Centre#
Manchester, United Kingdom, Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/neil-lewin-8579b62a/
Working with both the private and public sectors we bring a spectrum of skills within IBI Group to meet clients' needs, providing Architecture, Urban Design, Regeneration, Planning and Landscape Architecture.

Neil Lewin is a Managing Principal whose primary focus is developing the Living+ brand in the UK, which includes IBI Group’s work in the residential, high density mixed use and commercial sub-sectors. Neil also leads the UK infrastructure team comprising urban designers, planners and landscape architects. Neil is an architect and member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He has more than 25 years of experience in his field and since joining IBI Group in 2009, he has led complex project teams in both the private and public sectors. He has worked hard to successfully collaborate a spectrum of skills within the practice, including architecture, urban regeneration and masterplanning to ensure IBI Group’s clients continually receive a comprehensive, high quality service. Neil’s role includes assisting the Regional Director to develop the structure and growth of the business, improving the design quality, depth of clients and profitability.

David Chow

Director | US P3 and Mobility+ Lead
Los Angeles, CA

#english# #All# #Civil Engineering# #Engineering# #Land Use Planning# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Planning & Urban Design# #Senior Management# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transportation#
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Many firms say they are multidisciplinary, but IBI Group delivers this value from the very beginning of a project. It is part of how we think and what makes us unique.

As US Lead, Infrastructure, David Chow is responsible for the region’s operational results, including financial performance, professional and technical work, staff development, and client satisfaction. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree (Civil Engineering) from the University of California at Irvine and is both a registered Professional Engineer (Civil) and a certified Planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is a licensed engineer in California, Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, and North Carolina, and is nationally certified by AICP as a planner in North America.

David has over 25 years of experience in engineering, planning, and urban design. He has managed major investment studies, complex transportation and land-use projects, Transit Oriented Development projects, as well as the design of local and regional transit systems, and technical work for environmental impact studies.

Gene Simmons

Field Services Director
Houston, TX

#english# #All# #Learning+# #Project / Programme Management#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

Gene Simmons initially worked on the contractor?s side, learning hands-on experience in carpentry, surveying, concrete formwork and placement. Moving into management, Gene worked as a project superintendent, estimator, project manager and handled client relations. He shifted to the architectural side almost 30 years ago and has worked as the Director of Field Services since 2000.

His practical experience is vitally important to maintaining communication among project team members and IBI Group’s field staff taking projects seamlessly from design through to construction.

Ian Nelson

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Communication Systems
Toronto, ON

#english# #Airports# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civil Engineering# #Data / Operations Centre# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Green# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Light Rail Transit# #P3# #Ports# #Project / Programme Management# #Research & Development# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ian-nelson-06047b21/
The future city doesn't have departments managing operations from isolated facilities with separate staff. It makes use of ICT infrastructure, integrated operations, intelligent systems, and data analytics to more effectively deliver services to its citizens.

Ian Nelson joined IBI Group in 2001 and has diversified experience in the ICT and ITS industries, leading the planning, design, and integration for a diverse clientele in market sectors including government, transportation, transit, and education. Ian has global experience from work in over seven countries. Ian has experience working on all phases of a project life cycle, starting from business case development and strategic analysis, through to preliminary design, detailed design, procurement management and construction administration.

Specific knowledge and experience includes fibre optic communications, wireless communications, data centres, large operation centre, CCTV and video management systems, audio-visual systems, and intelligent building technologies.

Robyn Brown

Associate | Manager, Planning
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Planning & Urban Design# #Research & Development#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Robyn Brown is a key figure in the Toronto office Real Estate, Economics & Planning team. As a dedicated professional, her project work is geared to giving her clients the best advice possible. Her work transcends a broad spectrum of real estate advice, including highest and best-use studies/disposition strategies; economic development strategies; growth management; market studies; feasibility studies; community services and facilities studies; economic impact analysis; demographic analysis and related skills. She is involved in a wide range of external organizations, including the Urban Land Institute (including their Women’s Leadership Initiative and Mentorship Committee), TCREW, BILD and s. She has proven to be an excellent and effective IBI Group ambassador. Robyn is the ultimate team player, inspiring and pushing s to think creatively and proactively.

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.

Steven Kresak

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Senior Management#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-kresak-5982591a/

Steven Kresak is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of IBI Group Inc. and is responsible for the firm’s legal affairs worldwide. His accountabilities include the legal, compliance, real estate, insurance and corporate governance functions. Steven is based in Toronto, Ontario, IBI Group’s corporate headquarters. From 2006 through 2014 Steven served at Infrastructure Ontario, in a variety of leadership roles including Director, Special Initiatives; Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions; and Senior Vice President, Commercial Projects, where he led a series of transactions to monetize government assets in the transportation, remanufacturing, entertainment, rail and telecommunications sectors. Prior to 2006, he practiced law at Goodmans LLP. Steven earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Saskatchewan and a Law degree (Distinction) from the University of Alberta. He is a former Editor of the Alberta Law Review.

Raafat Abadir

Associate | Manager, Contract Administration
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Raafat Abadir has a long career with IBI Group dating back to 1989 as a Principal Contract Administrator. At the time, he specialized in the construction administration of high-rise residential and office buildings, schools, and commercial buildings. Prior to this, Raafat gained ten years of architectural design and development engineering construction before relocating to Canada. Raafat has played an integral part in the managing of many notable, award-winning projects in the Greater Toronto Area, including One Financial Place, H.J. Alexander School, The Avenue, One Bedford Drive, River House-Old Mill, Waterpark Place (5 Phases), and the list goes on. Currently, Raafat is managing King Square Mall, Treviso (3 Phases), Harwood & Bayly (2 Phases), The Britt, 11 Wellesley, and 9 Tippett. His ability to coordinate and solve multi-site concerns with excellence has a proven record of client and firm satisfaction.

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