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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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Rebecca Grant

Principal | Architecture - Education
Portland, OR

#english# #Architecture# #Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+#
Portland, Oregon United States of America

Based in the Portland office, Rebecca is part of the Learning+ team and has specialized in educational architecture and sustainable design during her 17 years of professional practice. A leader at IBI Group for nearly a decade, she is an astute project manager and effective communicator who ensures that design intent is carried through a project from concept to construction. She deftly balances sustainability, budget, timeline, stakeholder engagement, and innovative, results-oriented design in her service to clients and community.

Rebecca is a LEED Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council and an Architects-in-School Program Member with the Architectural Foundation of Oregon.  She played an integral role in the successful completion of award-winning LEED Gold projects including Parkrose Middle School Replacement, Sandy High School, and Trillium Creek Primary School. Rebecca was also involved in the design of the Snohomish Aquatic Center, a truly unique facility north of Seattle.

Bankim Kalra, AICP

Manager, Urban Planning
Pompano Beach, FL

#english# #Active Transportation# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Placemaking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transportation#
Pompano Beach, Florida United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/bankim-kalra-aicp-886a851/

Bankim Kalra has over 15 years of consulting experience on IBI projects in Florida, South Carolina, and Edmonton prior to his relocation to lead IBI India’s urban planning and design practice. With a background in architecture, urban planning and a specialization in economic development, Bankim has developed a diverse portfolio integrated transit and land use planning, urban design, redevelopment planning, streetscape design and strategic TOD projects to his credit.

During his time with IBI Group, he has grown into being an effective Project Manager and a seasoned professional with global experience and a unique perspective in understanding the challenges of integrating diversity in community building. Bankim has been part of several award-winning IBI projects including the Bhubaneswar Smart City Plan in India and the Downtown Tavares Master Plan in Florida.

Roxana Forliti

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

#english# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

Roxana has 20 years of total experience including 12 years of experience with IBI Group. Her most notable projects include the private residences at Hotel Georgia in Vancouver and 41 East Hastings – a project that was designed to meet LEED Gold certification and achieved this status in February 2018. Roxana is a Registered Architect in Mexico and is currently an intern architect in Vancouver. She received the best innovative feature award in 2012 for her work with the private residences at Hotel Georgia. Her most notable current project is Sun Towers in Burnaby. As the Project Manager, she has worked on the project from the design development stage and has provided coordination to ensure the architectural design met with the consultant requirements.

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.

Susanna Pon

Associate | Architecture
Calgary, AB

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Hospitality# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Calgary, Alberta Canada

As an architect with a structural engineering background, Susanna Pon brings multidisciplinary views and solutions to any project. She has over ten years of experience in master planning, site planning, programming, design, technical production, document coordination, project management, construction administration, and project close-out of new and renovated commercial, institutional, recreational, hospitality, and residential projects. She has worked with numerous client user groups on institutional and recreational projects to consolidate their needs and provide a design that accommodates all groups in a multi-purpose setting.

Jamie Wright

Director
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office Lead# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Ontario Canada
I love the range of our practice, from master planning, which calls upon an architect's collective experience to address regional issues, to custom residential where specific design solutions evolve directly with a few people.

Jamie Wright is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the recipient of the Order of da Vinci award for his work on behalf of the profession. Over the past 40 years, he has been the principal-in-charge of some of the firm’s most important residential, commercial, and institutional projects, many of which have received prestigious design awards including two Governor General’s Medals in Architecture.

Mansoor Kazerouni

Global Director, Buildings | IBI Living+
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Residential# #Senior Management#
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Every building has its own idiosyncratic constraints of context, site, program, budget, and vocabulary. The challenge is to successfully resolve them into a gracefully crafted architectural composition. Our role as designers is to ensure that each building has its own personality and responds appropriately to its urban context. This is what we do best.

Mansoor Kazerouni is a registered architect and has led the IBI Group design team on some of the firm’s most prestigious residential, hotel, office, institutional, and complex mixed-use projects. His work is characterized by thoughtfulness, design excellence, and attention to detail. Mansoor’s contribution to the urban environment has been acknowledged through awards, publications, and appointments to a number of Urban Design Advisory Panels including the cities of Mississauga, Markham and Vaughan. He actively contributes to the architectural discourse in Toronto as a guest speaker at professional forums and a guest critic at architectural schools.

Mansoor was also Program Co-chair and an Advisory Board Member of ULI Toronto. He has a diploma in Architecture from the Academy of Architecture in Mumbai, and a Masters degree In Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.

Anita Leonoff

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Leader# #Learning+# #Office# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Retail / Commercial# #Subject Matter Expert#
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

Anita Leonoff joined IBI Group shortly after graduating from UBC’s Architecture School and learned quickly. In the mid 1980s, Anita began the renovation work on the Hotel Vancouver, one of her longest running projects and one she continues to work on to this day. In the 1990s, Anita took on the local work for Holt Renfrew which at the time was renovation work. This later turned into a new store for Vancouver, followed by Calgary, and a number in Ontario and Quebec, which is a testament to her work. Anita’s areas of specialty include institutional and hospitality facilities design, retail and office tenant fit-ups, heritage renovations, and the management of the approvals and public consultation processes.

Mitch Altier

Associate | Manager, Water Resources Engineering
New Lexington, OH

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Municipal Services# #Roads & Highways# #Water / Wastewater# #Water Resources Management#
New Lexington, Ohio United States of America

Mitch Altier is responsible for handling water, wastewater, street, and ground/well water projects for local municipalities, counties, and water and sewer districts in New Lexington. As such, he also helps locate funding sources for various communities. His knowledge and skills allow him to successfully lead the municipal engineering team in the New Lexington Office. His specialization extends across all aspects of water and wastewater design. This expertise, coupled with Mitch’s working relationships and communication style, prove valuable when acting as a liaison to project stakeholders.

Yong Kang

Director | US Sector Lead, Buildings
Los Angeles, CA

#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, California United States of America
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.

Marsha Bousquet

Associate Director | Practice Lead, P3
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Green# #High Rise Residential# #Industrial# #Light Rail Transit# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #P3# #Planning & Urban Design# #Rail# #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Although Marsha Bousquet has 26 years of experience related to urban infrastructure development from planning through implementation, since 2009, Marsha?s focus has been entirely dedicated to AFP/P3-type projects. Her role extends from the commercial management of P3 projects, design team management, bid management during RFQ/RFP stage, and instilling best practices in delivery. Prior to that, she undertook master planning and entitlements for major redevelopment projects in Canada and the United States that have reshaped development patterns to take advantage of public transit, contributing to more sustainable city building.

Her professional experience in planning major infill, redevelopment projects involving the transformation of industrial lands to mixed-use, Transit Oriented Developments; master site planning for light rail and commuter rail transit stations; transportation planning studies for urban transit; and securing entitlements related to multi-tower high rise residential and mixed-use projects gives her a broad and unique perspective into design team work on AFP/P3 projects.

Saif Zaidi

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Interiors# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Resorts#
Toronto, Ontario Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/saif-zaidi-oaa-49158422

Saif Zaidi is an Intern Architect (OAA) with over 15 years of comprehensive experience in architectural and interior design projects, responsible for concept and design to drawings through to execution. He has demonstrated expertise in conceptualizing, designing, contract management, project management, and business development.

Saif is the team lead for Hospitality & High-Rise Residential Interiors and has designed projects ranging from small residences to large scale mixed-use, retail, corporate office interiors, high-rise residential and hospitality. Working on design-build module projects has enabled him to provide practical design solutions and coordinate with multidisciplinary trades more effectively. His attention to detail and excellent problem solving skills ensure that every project he works on is completed on schedule and to the highest possible standard.

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