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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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Omar Da Barp

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Canada

Omar Da Barp has over 30 years of experience ranging from design development, preparation of construction documents, contract administration and project management in residential, assisted living, commercial, institutional and recreational projects. Omar is currently overseeing a production department counting over 50 staff members.

Carl-Henry Piel

Director | US Services Lead, Intelligence
Boston, USA

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Office Lead# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Traveller Information#
Boston, USA

Carl-Henry Piel is a registered Professional Engineer with 23 years of experience in systems engineering and 18 years of experience specifically in the ITS domain. His ITS work has focused on systems integration and computer, communications, and sensing technologies. Carl-Henry is the US Professional Services – Traffic Lead and recognized for his expertise when it comes to transportation and systems. He has a broad systems engineering background, encompassing telecommunications systems, control systems design, real-time data acquisition and signal processing systems, and artificial neural networks for control systems and signal processing.

Neena Soans

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems
Pompano Beach, USA

#english# #All# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation#
Pompano Beach, USA

Neena Soans PMP has 15 years of systems and software engineering experience and has been exposed to all facets of the specification, design and implementation of various systems and applications during that timeframe. This includes ITS, Tolling Systems, Communications Systems, Intelligent Building Technology Systems and Security Systems. Neena has extensive experience with the development of functional and performance specifications, and the development, maintenance and support of complex software systems.

Paula Margaritis

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, Canada

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Interiors# #Office#
Toronto, Canada

Paula Margaritis has 15 years of intensive multidisciplinary experience in architecture, planning and interior design. Her architectural background brings solid knowledge on built form modules and allows ultimate flexibility in developing and creating highly progressive and innovative solutions in any environment. As a senior designer, she has participated on several larger scale projects ensuring a highly creative and detailed quality in designing interiors and coordinated with the functional and technical aspects of the projects. As a passionate, energetic, efficient and organized professional, she processes excellent communications, sound project management skills and a team spirited personality.

Steve Schibuola

Director, Engineer
San Diego, USA

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Green# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Research & Development# #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Transit Planning# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning#
San Diego, USA

Steve Schibuola is the US Transportation Planning Lead with 25 years of experience in a variety of urban transportation disciplines. He provides strategic and service planning for public transportation, including major investment studies, feasibility studies, and environmental assessments of transportation improvements; policy and research studies in the field of sustainable transportation; and user needs assessments, software design, and operations planning for intelligent transportation systems.

Yong Kang

Director | US Sector Lead, Buildings
Los Angeles, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Hospitality# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Senior Management# #Strategic Planning#
Los Angeles, USA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/yong-j-kang-aia-60281a11/

As the US Sector Lead, Buildings, Yong Kang is responsible for overseeing the strategy, growth and development of the company’s new and existing business for IBI Group’s architectural, engineering and interior design practices nationwide. Bringing over two decades of proven experience in leading and managing major projects, Yong is a recognized leader in his profession. He is internationally recognized for having led the design of more than 15 million square feet of complex building environments for his clients throughout North America and Asia including multi-national conglomerates.

Yong is a licensed architect and is actively affiliated with numerous professional organizations including: the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Southern California Development Forum (SCDF) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) amongst others. Yong holds a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University.

Charlie Hoang

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Transit Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto, Canada

Charlie Hoang is an Architect with 20 years of experience. Over his career, he has built an impressive portfolio of transit projects that includes at-grade stations (Cumberland Bay Station, Victoria Park Station), underground stations (Ottawa LRT, Eglinton LRT, TTC Finch and Union) and service buildings (EEBs, second exits, and maintenance facilities). His responsibilities span all project phases including architectural design, project and design management, client relations, development of functional layouts and design concepts, value engineering, and code compliance coordination between consultants, city officials, and third parties.

Stephen Shawcross

Director
Calgary, Canada

#english# #All# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Green# #Leader# #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# #Research & Development# #Residential# #Water Resources Management#
Calgary, Canada
Personal health and well-being are intrinsically linked to a strong sense of community, which is a product of thoughtful urban design and a balancing of environmental, social, and economic factors. These fundamental principles underlie the places I am inspired daily to create along with my fellow practitioners at IBI Group.

Stephen Shawcross is a planning consultant specializing in master planning, urban design, market research, economic/financial impact analysis, and water resource management. He has over 40 years of experience across Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and the USA where he has been involved in hundreds of planning assignments, along with the development of numerous award-winning and environmentally-sustainable communities. Stephen is a sought after conference speaker on the impact of emerging social, environmental, and economic trends on various aspects of community development.

Colin Wilson

Studio Principal
Manchester, UK

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Mobility+# #Municipal Services# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technologies# #Traveller Information# #UK Regional#
Manchester, United Kingdom

Colin Wilson is a European Engineer and a Chartered Engineer with a wide range of experience of delivering ITS projects in Europe, North America, Asia and the Caribbean. Specialising in management, procurement and delivery, he has undertaken projects on behalf of public agencies including the European Commission, Highways Agency, Transport for London, and the National Roads Authority and Road Safety Authority in Ireland.

Norma Moores

Associate | Manager, Active Transportation
Hamilton, Canada

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Highway / Road Design# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Transportation#
Hamilton, Canada

Norma Moores is an expert in active transportation (cycling and walking) with a thorough knowledge of facilities, networks and policies. She has developed an understanding of pedestrian accessibility needs within public rights-of-way. She is currently instructing workshops for the US National Complete Streets Coalition.She also provides professional services for transportation projects such as, planning and design for municipal and provincial roads, and traffic operational studies.

Many projects have included public consultation programs for which she has been responsible for their organization, facilitation and follow-up. Her honest approach to dealing with citizens’ concerns has earned her a reputation as an effective communicator.

Ivan Petrovic

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Southfield, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Engineering# #Interiors# #Project / Programme Management# #Strategic Planning#
Southfield, USA

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.

Maarit Heinonen-smith

Architect
London, UK

#english# #Design Build# #Green# #Healthy New Towns# #High Rise Residential# #Hotels# #Low Rise Residential# #Mental Health Care# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Resorts# #Seniors Communities# #Spiritual Places# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom United Kingdom
https://www.linkedin.com/in/maarit-heinonen-smith-65a3b4b6/

Maarit is an experienced, Chartered Architect with years of experience in high profile and award-winning sheltered and extra care housing, retirement villages and care homes located throughout the UK.

Maarit specializes in architecture and design for over 55’s, designing bespoke and inspiring residential architecture which allows for flexibility within the design for changing needs and individuality of the residents with a consideration to their health and well-being. Each design is a unique response to the site and brief, and developed through a dialogue with clients and end-users. During her career, her designs have achieved several awards for design quality, most recently at Healthcare Design Awards 2018 and Housing Design Awards 2017.

Maarit has designed retirement living developments worth £20m+ in value. Working with some of the largest local authorities, charities, housing associations and private developers in the UK, her knowledge has provided her with the best practice knowledge and innovation in this sector.

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