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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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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 McKenna

Studio Associate Director
Manchester, UK

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Civic & Government# #Green# #Healthcare+# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Higher Education# #Landscape Architecture# #Living+# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Roads & Highways# #Spiritual Places# #Strategic Planning# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #UK Regional#
Manchester, United Kingdom Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-mckenna-06485522/
Designing streets and spaces for people whilst accommodating traffic.

David McKenna has over 25 years of experience with the added bonus of dual-qualifications as both a Chartered Landscape Architect and Chartered Engineer. This knowledge and accreditation has enabled David to take a creative, yet practical approach to design and to communicate effectively with professionals.
David is considered a subject matter expert on the IBI landscape team and has particular experience in designing streets and spaces for people. He is particularly adept in projects where water is a significant element and also specializes in Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments.

Gwyn Vose

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Leader# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Residential#
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

Gwyn Vose has over 15 years of experience and has led projects in Canada, Hong Kong, and the Middle East. He is an exceptionally creative designer who has a number of award-winning contemporary buildings to his credit. He specializes in mixed-use residential buildings and thrives on the opportunities presented in “conversion” projects. Gwyn’s work spans a wide range of typologies, but focuses primarily on multi-family residential and mixed-use projects, which range in scale from duplex houses to over 500 ft tall towers. Notable examples of his local projects include: Harbour Green Three, One Burrard Place, 564 Beatty Street, The Spot, Opsal & Sitka.

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.

Jay Claggett

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Planning
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Industrial# #Land Use Planning# #Leader# #Master Planning# #Mobility Hub# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities#
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Cities cannot and should not become fixed in time; they are living creatures that evolve and develop over time. The most dynamic and successful cities embrace change by integrating public and private realms with world-class architecture and infrastructure, creating a kind of urban fabric woven from people, places, and things.

Jay Claggett, MCIP, RPP is a land use planner with over 25 years of professional planning and development experience. He has prepared numerous policy reviews, land use investigations, highest and best use analyses, market/financial analyses, site plans, district/master plans and land disposition strategies on behalf of public, institutional and private sector clients. He has been the Project Director or Project Manager for a range of complex real estate and master planning projects involving lands throughout Canada. As a result of Jay’s practical knowledge of the planning process and his excellent working relationships with staff at all levels of government, he has obtained timely planning approvals and successfully negotiated conditions and partnerships for small and large-scale residential developments, commercial, office, institutional and industrial projects.

Paul Stanton

Transportation Planner
Dubai, UAE

#english# #Active Transportation# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility Hub# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Placemaking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Roads & Highways# #Spatial Intelligence# #Subject Matter Expert# #Traffic Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Dubai, United Arab Emirates Middle East
https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulhstanton1961/

Paul holds charterships in Transport Planning, Computer Science, and Geospatial Science and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has 35 years’ built environment experience, the last 17 as a senior consultant advising numerous high profile public and private sector clients in the UK and Middle East.

His professional portfolio includes national and regional spatial frameworks, multi-modal assessments, citywide public transport systems, major urban extensions, and neighbourhood public realm improvements. Paul’s expertise covers regional and sub-regional spatial models, transport master planning, movement frameworks, travel demand management, and urban design. He has been instrumental in extending the use of geospatial information to exploit emerging large-scale open data sources, to render transport models more cost effective, robust and transparent, and to establish a collaborative project environment to facilitate closer working between built environment disciplines. Paul is currently developing a GIS-based tool to assist in planning urban Autonomous Vehicles corridors.

Steven Butler, PE

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Cincinnati, OH

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Project / Programme Management# #Roads & Highways# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering#
Cincinnati, Ohio United States of America

Steven Butler has over ten years of civil engineering experience, with emphasis in structural design. He has evaluated and developed superstructure and sub-structure plans for a variety of bridges within the states of Ohio and West Virginia. His experience extends to all phases of civil engineering projects, including preliminary studies and reports, site surveys and investigations, specifications, quantity take-offs, and cost estimates. Steven’s work includes bridge design, inspection, replacement, rehabilitation and review projects, where his deliverables include the design of superstructures, substructures, and miscellaneous details along with site layout and minor roadway items.

Venkata Chunduru

Director, India
New Delhi

#english# #Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS)# #Airports# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civil Engineering# #Data / Operations Centre# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Land Use Planning# #Mobility+# #Operations & Maintenance# #P3# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Ports# #Project / Programme Management# #Rail# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Smart Cities# #Strategic Planning# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Planning# #Transit Technology# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
New Delhi India, Asia
https://www.linkedin.com/in/venkata-subba-rao-62138318/

Venkata Chunduru is a transportation systems professional currently working as a Director | Intelligence in India. With about 21 years of experience, Venkata primarily works on systems, technology, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), operations and investment appraisal for major transportation infrastructure projects, including highways, airports, ports and metro rail projects. Some of the notable projects he is involved are implementation of highway toll traffic management systems in India, radio-frequency identification (RFID)- based container tracking systems for a major Indian port, and development of Mumbai Metro master plan.

At IBI Group, he is involved in Hyderabad Intelligent Traffic Management Systems, Hubli-Dharwad ITS, Intelligent City Operations and Management Centre (ICOMC), Bhubaneswar Smart City and actively involved in their business development efforts. He is a Fellow at Institute of Engineers in India, member of Institute of Transportation Engineers (U.S.) and is also a member of technical committee on transport planning and traffic engineering for the Indian Road Congress.

Kevin Wood

Principal
Westerville, OH

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Engineering# #Leader# #Municipal Services# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Water / Wastewater# #Water Resources Management#
Westerville, Ohio United States of America

As the US Lead on Water/Wastewater, Kevin Wood’s goal is to provide communities with an improved quality of life through superior engineering, particularly with reference to local jurisdiction water and wastewater projects. Kevin has helped municipalities and townships identify, apply for and receive state and federal grant and loan monies for infrastructure development projects, after providing the facilities planning necessary to establish community needs and costs.
His expertise matching infrastructure and economic development needs of communities with available resources is critical to providing satisfactory solutions. As Project Manager for water and wastewater projects, his project involvement begins at the inception of the project and continues through to the design, funding, construction and rate determination stages.

Gabriel Pavel

Associate | Manager, Systems Engineering
Richmond Hill, ON

#english# #All# #Data Analytics# #Energy# #Engineering# #Municipal Services# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration#
Richmond Hill, Ontario Canada

Gabriel Pavel is a Project Manager with over 20 years of experience in process controls design and systems engineering, networking, and SCADA systems, electrical controls, loop controllers, AC drives, and process and analytical instrumentation. Gabriel has a wide range of experience in municipal water/wastewater, food/pharmaceutical, and energy/utility process control, including design, development and on-site commissioning.

Tony Withall

Associate | Manager, Planning
Missssauga, ON

#english# #All# #Land Use Planning# #Mixed Use# #Planning & Urban Design# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Missssauga, Ontario Canada

Tony Withall has over 12 years of land use planning and development experience with residential, commercial and mixed use developments. His responsibilities involve reviewing and interpreting Official Plans, Zoning By-Laws, Site Plan Guidelines and Urban Design Guidelines. He is involved in every aspect of the planning process from conceptual design to application submission and approval coordination. Primarily focusing on commercial developments for several large private Canadian companies, Tony has used his expertise in planning instrument analysis and interpretation, and site design to obtain approval for a large number of QSR restaurants and service stations throughout Ontario.

Steven Thesier

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Binghamton, NY

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead#
Binghamton, New York United States of America

Steven Thesier has more than 26 years of experience with areas of specialty that include project management and project design for new construction and renovations, educational facilities planning, referendum planning for educational facilities, NYSED coordination on school projects, and NYS OGS project development and execution.

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