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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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Robert Lucas

Associate | Manager, Architecture
New York, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Research & Development#
New York, USA

Robert Lucas offers experience in design coordination, presentations, and construction documents. He possesses an extensive knowledge of computer aided drafting, BIM and design. He has worked in all aspects of architectural practices including site survey, space planning, and research. His responsibilities have included areas of project coordination and preparation of construction documents for a range of mass transit and educational facilities including rehabilitation, renovation, additions, and new construction.

Robert has acted as Senior Project Manager and Team Leader for the NYC School Construction Authority team since the Heschel School completion in 2014. He handles all aspects from management to oversight of the technical team.

Barry Nathan

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, Canada

#english# Airports# #All# #High Rise Residential# #Interiors# #Living+# #Office# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/barry-nathan-a73a0015/
Great design nourishes the soul!

Barry Nathan has over 30 years of experience in both architectural and interior design, which has given him an enviable understanding of two areas of practice. His work is comprised of both large scale commercial clients and complex public spaces, including higher education and high-rise residential projects. Alternative design approaches have allowed Barry to provide very unique and creative solutions for progressive thinking clients. His adeptness at problem solving via innovative solutions has helped many clients succeed in their goals. He is always challenging the status quo with an alternative view. Some of Barry’s past awards include the Design Exchange and ARIDO Awards for Pearson Airport, Denton’s Toronto and the Bell Wireless Centre in Mississauga. He is in the process of finalizing his Architectural License with the OAA and has memberships with the TSA and ASID.

James Loucks

Associate | Interior Designer
Alexandria, USA

#english# All# #Civic & Government# #Courts# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Interiors# #Leader# #Subject Matter Expert#
Alexandria, USA

Over the past 18 years, James Loucks has been involved in every type of project, from historic offices to technical space and public facilities. As the US Interiors Lead, these skills are leveraged to manage multiple projects. One of his most recent notable projects involved the phased reorganization and renovation of 200,000 sq ft of space for the National Institutes of Health.

Richard Mazuch

Director of Design Research and Innovation
London, UK

#english# All# #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Learning+# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #product_BedPod# #product_MedBedHead# #product_Norbury Lounge Chair# #Public Outreach# #Subject Matter Expert# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom

Richard Mazuch is an architect and designer who gains great satisfaction from translating holistic ideas into radical but pragmatic solutions. An authority on healthcare, Richard provides profound insight into designing for global trends, patient groups and clinical provision – informing key decisions throughout the architectural process. Richard has worked on healthcare projects in Italy, Hong Kong, Brazil, Oman, UAE, and more recently Australia. He has been elected as a World Architecture Jury member, as well as being a University lecturer/examiner and speaker at the International Conferences.

Richard has strong relations with key health bodies. He has worked extensively with the NHS contributing to Health Building Notes, Health Technical Memorandum, and their ‘therapeutic environment’ website feature entitled “Slight Sensitive Design and Sound Sensitive Design” enabling designs to build evidence-based healthcare environments.

Richard is a founder and champion of IBI TH!NK. An advocate of evidence-based design, Richard creates innovations that positively impact the psychology and physiology of patient groups. Sense Sensitive Design, Emotional Mapping, the Design Prescription and the hPod are a few of the models that Richard has successfully pioneered. This has led to him authorising two new NHS guidelines for ‘Evidence-based Design Healthcare Environments’.
Richard is a product designer. In collaboration with manufacturers, he creates interventions, such as the BedPod, to support and improve patient care.
Richard works frequently with the NHS and DOH Expert Working Groups and Reference Groups helping to develop new Healthcare Strategies and Guidelines. More recently he has co-authored three key Paediatric Guideline documents entitled: ‘Hospital Accommodation for children and young peopleHBN 23’, ‘Friendly healthcare environments for children and young people’ and ‘Mental Health faculties for children and young people’.

Richard was also an active member and contributor to the Expert Reference Group responsible for ‘Facilities for Maternity Care’ HBN21. He was a key contributor to ‘The Children’s National Service Framework’ an NHS and Department of Health document with evaluation process and recommendations Richard made early contributions and document reviews of ‘Creating a Better Health Environment’ an Audit Took Kit by The National Childbirth Trust in 2003.
In education, Richard is translating his work in healthcare paediatrics to benefit teachers and students. Working alongside University partners, he is pioneering the development of an ‘optimal learning environment’, improving motivation, behaviour and concentration amongst pupils, especially those with special educational needs.

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.

Donald Verbanac

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#english# Active Transportation# #Airports# #All# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Light Rail Transit# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Ports# #Project / Programme Management# #Rail# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation#
Toronto, Canada
https://ca.linkedin.com/in/donald-verbanac-677b06a0

Don Verbanac is an interdisciplinary Project Manager specializing in transit facilities. Don has 20 years of combined experience in architecture, urban planning, transportation, retail and industrial design from Canada, the USA, Mexico and the Netherlands. For the past decade, Don has primarily worked on BRT, LRT and subway (metro) stations as well as bus terminals and on-street transit facilities. His multidisciplinary background along with his acumen for complex engineering projects have been applied to Waterloo?s King-Victoria Transit Hub, Mississauga BRT, and the successful bid for two large P3 LRT projects in Canada.

Don has professional degrees in urban planning (BAA) from Ryerson University and an architecture degree (M.Arch) from the University of Manitoba. Don is registered as an architect (Bureau Architectenregister-SBA) in the Netherlands, as an intern architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, as well as a registered professional planner (RPP) with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners. Don is currently the Segment (Design) Manager on Science Centre and Kennedy Stations where he is managing interdisciplinary design works in parallel with construction as part of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

Caz Thomson

Studio Associate Director
Glasgow, UK

#english# All# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Software Development# #Strategic Planning# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Transportation# #UK Regional#
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Caz Thomson has 20 years of commercial experience in systems architecture design and full lifecycle development within many disciplines, ranging from utilities management, through medical insurance to manufacturing and transportation systems. Caz has excellent technical expertise in a number of development platforms and significant experience in requirements analysis, system design and architecture, the management of large development teams and the delivery of mobile, web and system development projects. Caz also architected IBI Group’s Software and System Development processes and procedures in the UK, using the Structured Systems Analysis and Design Methodology. She currently co-manages the UK Systems team, which now numbers some 20 developers and specialists.

Marek Otwinowski

Associate Director
Calgary, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential#
Calgary, Canada

Marek Otwinowski has extensive knowledge of building and construction systems and has the complete ability to develop designs into built form. His education in contracting, technical detailing and architecture is bolstered by 23 years of experience in the Canadian market.

Rikke Brown

Associate | Manager, Water/Wastewater
Ottawa, Canada

#english# All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Water / Wastewater# #Water Resources Management#
Ottawa, Canada

Rikke Brown P.Eng is a LEED AP Water Resources Engineer who has been involved in the preparation of stormwater management reports and plans and design of stormwater management facilities servicing residential and commercial developments in Ottawa. She has also provided stormwater management support to various land development and transportation projects. Ongoing projects include the Blackstone Conds (Cardel Homes), Morgan?s Grant Phase 10A Stormwater Facility Update (Ottawa-Carleton District School Board), and the Leitrim Development Area Updated Serviceability Report.
Her modeling experience includes hydraulic and hydrological analysis using SWMHYMO, XPSWMM and QUALHYMO.

Dave Lykins

Associate | Manager, Structural Engineering
Southfield, USA

#english# All# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Structural Engineering#
Southfield, USA

Dave Lykins manages a group of structural engineers and Revit/CAD designers where he is responsible for the technical accuracy, administrative aspects, and overall quality control of the team under this direct supervision. He is involved in planning, conducting, and supervising a variety of engineering assignments requiring the application of detailed technical principles and practices to solve problems of significant complexity. Dave is also directly involved in project estimating, staffing, and management related efforts within IBI Group.

Val Vanchieri

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Alexandria, USA

#english# All# #Civic & Government# #Courts# #Interiors# #Policy & Design Guidelines#
Alexandria, USA

Val Vanchieri has been responsible for a significant body of work for the District of Columbia Courts. She developed the overarching concepts and schematic designs for many of the District of Columbia Courts projects. Over a period of more than 12 years, she has been responsible for numerous studies, comprehensive reports and high-level client interaction that have set the direction for ongoing work at the District of Columbia Courts.

She has an extensive background in feasibility studies; master planning; ; space planning; design intent documents; contract documents; furniture selection and procurement; punch-list inspections of furniture and final move coordination.

Daniel Whelan

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Binghamton, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #Education# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Spiritual Places# #Subject Matter Expert#
Binghamton, USA

Daniel Whelan has more than 30 years of experience with particular areas of specialty that include architecture, project management and master planning for commercial projects, housing developments, K-12 schools, colleges/universities, banks and credit unions, and religious facilities.

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