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Our People

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 2,600 difference makers is IBI’s Leadership team, setting out a compelling vision and guiding IBI Group towards the future.

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Gene Simmons

Associate Principal | Field Services, Buildings
Houston, TX

Gene Simmons
#Associate Principal | Field Services, Buildings# #All# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert#
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.

#North America#
Warren Mack

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Warren Mack
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Courts# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Design Build# #Detention Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Education# #School# ## #Entertainment Centre# #Commercial# ## #Green# #Healthcare# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Leader# #Library# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Police Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Spiritual Places# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Church# ## #Stadium / Athletic Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Warren has over 25 years of experience in architectural design for various building typologies, including high-rise residential, mixed-use developments, private homes, hospitality, institutional, children’s camps, restoration, and sports facilities. He has completed work around the world, with project experience in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to joining IBI, Warren worked for firms including Peter Rose Architect, Diamond and Schmitt Architects, HOK, and partnership of Studio Tangent Architects.

Notable projects in which Warren has been involved in include; Oqyana World First Development, Dubai, UAE; King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Harbourview Estates, Toronto, ON; Muskoka Woods Leadership Studio, Rosseau, ON; and Restoration of Windsor Station and master planning for the adjacent Bell Centre, Montreal, QC. In addition to his own project work, Warren is an abstract artist and has shown his work in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Austin, New York and Rome.

#North America#
Andrew Fursdon

Studio Director
London, UK

Andrew Fursdon
#Studio Director# #All# #Architecture# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Education# #School# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom, Europe

Andrew is a qualified architect and has many years’ experience working in the Higher Education and Science sectors to deliver great environments for learners and researchers alike. Andrew specialises in the design of science-focused environments, having developed a number of high-end laboratory and collaborative spaces whilst working with some of the leading research organisations in the UK. These organisations include UK Research Councils such as BBSRC, EPSRC, and STFC; organisations such as The National Blood Service, University College London Hospital, Moorfields Eye Hospital, Pfizer, MSD, Bristol Myers Squibb, and RAL Space;  Health and Wellbeing corporations including Unilever and Procter & Gamble; and Government research agencies such as the National Physics Laboratory, The Pirbright Institute and the Rosalind Franklin Institute. Andrew’s experience includes active involvement on integrated project teams to deliver award winning projects. He enjoys developing the working rapport with other team members and acts as the senior point of contact on projects.

#Europe#
Joe Somfay

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Waterloo, ON

Joe Somfay
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Automotive# #Industrial# ## #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Fire Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Parking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Police Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ##
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Drawing on 50 years of experience in cities as diverse as Sydney, Toronto and Waterloo, Mr. Somfay brings an acute urban sensibility and sustainability to the design of contemporary buildings.

As a designer and manager he has coordinated large multi-disciplinary teams collaborating on complex university, residential, commercial and mixed-use projects in the Waterloo Region and Southern Ontario. His projects include architectural designs for mixed used and high rise projects in Mississauga, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge and Elora areas.

He has taught design and building science for 17 years at the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, Ontario. Comfortable with projects at any scale, northern latitudes or the tropics, Mr. Somfay always looks for design opportunities that further the clients’ goals with an original, practical and economical solution. Firmly committed to sustainability, he has taught and consulted on sustainable design for the past 50 years. 

Joe encourages original thinking and is willing to question norms.

Jonathan Berg

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Jonathan Berg
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Residential#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jonathan Berg has over 20 years of experience specializing in high-rise residential and hospitality projects. His involvement on a number of high-profile projects such as The Four Seasons Hotel and Residence, The Shores at Bronte Harbour and the award-winning Toronto Delta Hotel, has enabled him to develop his management skills. Jonathan also works closely with IBI Group’s Legal Counsel related to matters in Loss Prevention & Liability Claims Applications for Pro-Demnity.

Robert Aeck

Associate Principal | Industrial, Buildings
Southfield, MI

Robert Aeck
#Associate Principal | Industrial, Buildings# #All# #Automotive# #Industrial# ## #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# ## #Commercial# #Data Centre# #Commercial# #Office# ## #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Entertainment Centre# #Commercial# ## #Green# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Industrial# #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Manufacturing# #Industrial# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Research & Development# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Spiritual Places# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Church# ## #Stadium / Athletic Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Structural Engineering# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ##
Southfield, Michigan, United States of America
www.linkedin.com/in/robert-c-aeck-pe-se-pmp-75024414
One is only limited by their own fear of the unknown, but the unknown can be learned with the right will and determination. One should not be limited by the box in which they think, but dare to think outside of the box and challenge those around them to do so as well. There is nothing that can not be done, there are only problems that need be solved through ingenuity, imagination, and engineering.

Rob is an NCSEA award winning structural engineer with over 18+ years of experience at his craft. His past experiences have run the maze with respect to types and size and includes all aspects of structural engineering. From Construction Support engineering with High Rise Connection Design for Time Warner Center in New York and Erection procedure design for Motor City Casino in Detroit to Building design of the Thyssen Krupp Hot Strip Mill in Alabama and Re-Design of the award winning Lansing Community College Health and Human Service Careers Building in Michigan, his vast range of experience brings out of the box problem solving and agile team collaboration into all projects. He has directed multiple multi discipline and multi-locational teams in various projects similar to the LEED Gold Tier 3 Mission Critical Data Center for a Confidential Automotive Client in Michigan where agile processes resulted in a high tempo and top performing team. His attention to detail and ability to help his clients find the most efficient designs to help them save cost and time make him a valuable part of any team.

Octavio Jimenez

Associate | Manager, Transportation Planning
Mexico City, Mexico

Octavio Jimenez
#Associate | Manager, Transportation Planning# #All# #Spanish Regional# #Systems# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ##
Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America

Octavio Jiminez is a Civil Engineer from the Technological Institute of Durango, Mexico. Octavio also holds a Masters Degree in Transportation Systems from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He has more than six years of experience related to transportation modeling topics and has developed demand models for urban highways in different countries, as well as micro-level models for modal transfer stations and development of road impact studies for large developments. In matters related to regional mobility plans, Octavio has collaborated in the diagnosis and development of urban strategies and their application in different time frames for the Panama City PIMUS. In relation to large-scale urban projects, Octavio has participated in mobility studies for CETRAM Chapultepec, which includes not only the impact that will result in the restructuring of CETRAM itself but also analyzes the road impact to be had in the area, caused by future large-scale developments, as well as the relevant infrastructure changes.

#Latin America#
Andy Simpson

Associate Director | Principal, Architecture
Houston, TX

Andy Simpson
#Associate Director | Principal, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Education# #School# ## #Fire Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Police Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #Public Outreach# #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert#
Houston, Texas, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/fred-andrew-s-47ab456
Together, let’s make lasting places that delight and inspire the citizen leaders of tomorrow.

Andy brings over 27 years of professional experience and a keen interest in stakeholder consensus to educational and municipal projects. In addition to his focus on public school facilities in districts across Texas, Andy has led teams in the development of municipal facilities master plans and civic building designs, including police and fire stations and public works.

Andy has provided facility planning projections for cities and school districts, property condition assessments for commercial real estate developments, and building design visualizations for community support and funding initiatives.

Andy has served on the board of directors for multiple community service oriented organizations. He is a strong believer that the form of the built environment can be a great contributor to positive outcomes for student learning, public health and economic development. He is a licensed architect in the state of Texas.

#North America#
Mark Bendix

Director | Office Lead
Toronto West, ON

Mark Bendix
#Director | Office Lead# #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Automotive# #Industrial# ## #Bridge Engineering# #Transportation# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# ## #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# ## #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Energy# #Engineering# #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Industrial# #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Manufacturing# #Industrial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Office Lead# #Parking# #Project / Programme Management# #Strategic Planning# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ## #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Transit Planning# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Warehouse & Distribution Centre# #Industrial# ##
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.

#North America#
Deepak Darda

Global Director, Innovation
Toronto, ON

Deepak Darda
#Global Director, Innovation# #All# #Corporate# #Senior Management# ## #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Office Lead# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Senior Management# #Smart City Platform# #Smart Cities# ## #Systems# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

As the head of IBI Group’s Office of Innovation, Deepak is driving IBI’s transformational pivot to a technology-driven design firm through focused efforts catalyzing core growth, transforming IBI’s business models, exploring future tech disruptions in the industry, and fostering innovation. Deepak also leads IBI’s Smart City Sandbox initiative, a unique partnership between public- and private-sector industry leaders, whose goal, together with the start-up ecosystem, is to bring innovative new technology solutions to urban environments.

Prior to becoming the Global Director of Innovation, Deepak built IBI Group’s presence in India from the ground up into the significant contributor to the firm’s International operations that it is today. Deepak is an alum of the Harvard Business School and holds a Masters degree from Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelors degree from IIT Bombay.

 

Michael Nobrega

Independent Director

Michael Nobrega
#Independent Director# #All# #Board Member#
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Mr. Nobrega is the Chair of Ontario Centres of Excellence, an Ontario based organization that drives the commercialization of leading edge technologies across the transportation, communications and other key market sectors. He is also the interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Waterfront Toronto.

Mr. Nobrega was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Municipal Employees Pension System (OMERS), one of Canada’s largest pension funds, from 2007 to 2014, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Borealis Infrastructure, the infrastructure investment entity of OMERS, from 1998 to 2007. Prior to Borealis, Mr. Nobrega was a tax partner of Arthur Andersen.

Between 2014 and 2016, Mr. Nobrega was appointed by the Ontario provincial government as Chair of the Expert Panels on the financial restructuring of MaRS (Ontario’s innovation hub for medical and related sciences) and on the reconstruction of the Macdonald Block in Toronto. Mr. Nobrega holds an Honours BA (Economics and Mathematics) from the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

Lamberto Smigliani

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Southfield, MI

Lamberto Smigliani
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Industrial# #Manufacturing# #Industrial# ##
Southfield, Michigan, United States of America

As an Architect, Lamberto Smigliani is responsible for design and development including organizing and maintaining administrative controls from inception to completion of the programs. He is also responsible for staffing and implementation of continuing education in the architectural discipline. Lamberto draws from both domestic and international experience in architectural operations and development.

Lamberto serves as chairman of a local planning commission and is active in local governance and community activities.

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