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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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Meriem Sakrouhi

Project Designer
New York, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Product_sAVe App# #Residential#
New York, USA

Meriem Sakrouhi is an architectural designer who studied architecture in Barcelona. In 2013, she transferred to Chicago’s College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She believes that architecture is a powerful tool that showcases human feelings and emotions, and is interested in using innovation to create a positive, impactful and bold transformation that builds these experiences to everyone.

Elvin Karpovich

Director, Planning and Landscape Architecture
Calgary, Canada

#english# #All# #Architectural Controls# #Civic & Government# #Development Engineering# #Land Use Planning# #Landscape Architecture# #Leader# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines#
Calgary, Canada

Elvin Karpovich leads the IBI Group landscape design practice in Calgary, and oversees the administration of architectural design guidelines for approximately 18 communities across Calgary. He has assembled a diverse list of projects over his 20 years of experience, including land use planning, land design, urban design, urban landscape architectural design, and land development policies, guidelines, and standards. His project experience includes working with the federal, provincial, and municipal governments, the land development industry, and private corporations.

William Sanabria

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Infrastructure
Toronto West, Canada

#english# #All# #Bridges# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Project / Programme Management# #Roads & Highways# #Spanish Regional# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Water / Wastewater#
Toronto West, Canada

William Sanabria has over 24 years of experience in the management of transportation design and construction projects in the areas of highways, freeways, arterial roads and urban streets, as well as, storm and sanitary sewers. His design work includes all aspects of highway and municipal infrastructure, including Class Environmental Assessments, roadway, drainage, roadside protection, utility coordination, drafting and contract documentation. William has a sound knowledge of relevant legislation, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and applicable codes and standards, including York Region Design Standards and Guidelines and Ontario Provincial Standards.

He is fluent in both English and Spanish and is a member of the Transportation Association of Canada Geometric Design Standing Committee.

Robert Trabanino

Architect
Houston, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Education# #Higher Education# #Learning+# #Retail / Commercial#
Houston, USA

Robert Trabanino brings over 30 years of experience in architectural, design, planning, production, cost estimating and administration to IBI Group. The majority of Robert’s projects have consisted of institutional, commercial, educational, collegiate and financial institutions. His project management and design experience includes master planning, schematic design, construction documents and specifications writing.

Brian Ahern

Practice Lead
New York, USA

#english# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Landmark Events# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
New York, USA USA
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Brian Ahern embarked on his professional architectural career in 1993 and was taught the craft of designing luxury high-end residential condominiums and rental apartments under the tutelage of one of New York City’s most prolific architects, Costas Kondylis. After nearly 25+ years of completing unparalleled and significantly noteworthy developments all across the globe, Mr. Ahern has joined the New York City office of IBI as the firm’s Residential and Mixed Use Studio Leader. He brings to IBI Group his vast architectural acumen and collective expertise which he has amassed over the course of designing nearly 2,500 luxury condominiums, over 2,000 rental apartments, 500,000 sf of retail space,1.2 million square feet of hotel space, 7.4 million square feet of residential development and 3.5 million square feet of adaptive reuse. His most recent assignment was overseeing the design and historic restoration of the 125-year-old landmarked building, “The Old Post Office” and repurposing it into the recently crowned five-star Trump International Hotel, Washington, DC which opened in November of 2016.

David Hatton

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Transportation
Ottawa, Canada

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Leader# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation Planning#
Ottawa, Canada
For major downtown rehabilitation projects such as Bank Street, the engineering is the easy part. The key element, and the greater challenge for the successful completion of such projects, is keeping the residents and stakeholders informed and happy.

David Hatton is a licensed Professional Engineer and member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. His transportation engineering experience is broadly based, with specific emphasis on multidisciplinary projects. David is responsible for all transportation projects carried out by IBI Group’s Ottawa office, and is currently project director for a number of transportation engineering studies, road environmental assessments, and preliminary design and detail design projects. His 43 years of transportation experience include work in the UK, management of major projects and studies in the Caribbean, and construction and transportation project management in Western Canada.

Drummond Hassan

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Canada

With over 40 years of experience, Drummond Hassan’s portfolio has ranged from residential, office/manufacturing, commercial and urban design projects. He is a Registered Architect that has received a Governor General’s Award for Residential Design, the Mississauga Urban Design Award and the Financial Post Design Effectiveness Award. He is currently leading a number of high-rise residential projects across the GTHA, collaborating with various offices in the Region as well as retail projects including the LCBO program and Holt Renfrew.

Prior to joining IBI Group, Drummond Hassan was affiliated with architectural firms in London, England and Glasgow, Scotland. He received a B.Sc (Hon) and a B.Arch from Strathclyde University Department of Architecture and Building Science in Scotland.

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.

Susanna Pon

Associate | Architecture
Calgary, Canada

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

Rick Mello

Associate, Project Architect
San Luis Obispo, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead#
San Luis Obispo, USA

Rick Mello has grown to become a firm-wide resource for Quality Documents and Construction Administration. With over 25 years of professional experience, he brings the confidence and knowledge of a veteran to the volatile construction process. Rick has performed Construction Administration services on institutional projects including health care and public facilities. He leads the Construction Administration and sets the standards and develops the tools by which we function.

John Knape

Frameworks Director
Rochdale, UK

#english# #Acute Care# #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Healthcare+# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Oncology# #Pediatrics# #Project / Programme Management# #UK Regional#
Rochdale, United Kingdom

John Knape is a qualified Architect with over 30 years of post-qualification experience and has been especially committed to the design of healthcare facilities and building types which fulfil social needs. His experience covers work in both the public and private sectors and he can draw upon a thorough knowledge of relevant design standards including Department of Health Building Notes and Technical Memoranda. John has experience of a wide range of procurement methods including traditional and two-stage tendering, design & build, partnering, management contracting and PFI and in his role as the practice’s Frameworks Director, has been instrumental in leading successful bid processes to secure IBI’s position as Primary Supply Chain Members on all three UK national healthcare Frameworks.

John has recently led teams on a number of projects in both the acute and primary care sectors, including the award winning development at Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool. John is keen to pioneer innovative design solutions such as the “Barn Theatre” concept, but places great emphasis on excellent relationships with client and contractor as the key to a successful project.

Sylvia Hajo

Associate, Interior Designer
Houston, USA

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Education# #Interiors# #Retail / Commercial#
Houston, USA

Sylvia Hajo has over 20 years of interior design experience, with a specialization in the design of spaces for educational, commercial, health care and institutional clients. Her primary responsibilities include: design management of the project, design collaboration with client, creating interior design concepts, specifying furniture and fixtures, equipment , managing the interior design process including all furniture selections and specifications, overseeing interior project schedules, and adhering to furniture/fabrics/accessories project budgets. Sylvia is conscientious, precise, and is known as an effective communicator with client and stakeholder groups.

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