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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 Elliott

Studio Director
Manchester, UK

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead# #Research & Development# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #UK Regional#
Manchester, United Kingdom, Europe

Neil has over 20 years of experience as a Project Architect and Urban Designer. Neil has worked on commercial and housing sector projects throughout the UK but he has become a key figure in education and education masterplanning projects, bringing architecture and urban design skills to major capital projects. Neil is a lead member of the IBI Learning+ team, specialising in school and college design, and is responsible for the design, coordination and delivery output. Neil is recognised for leading high quality projects within the business.

Neil’s leadership ability and talent to communicate ideas both visually and verbally combined with his recent experience of designing and particularly in delivering EFA funded projects means that he and his team can hit the ground running on fast track projects.
Neil has experienced first-hand the new economic reality of centrally funded projects and has adapted to this by producing designs that make most of the budget.

Following the completion of the academic paper and acclaimed HEAD Study (Holistic Evidence And Design) carried out by Professor Peter Barret at the University of Salford, Neil has played a leading role in developing the practical application of this research through IBI THiNK, our in-house Research & Development team, culminating in the “Clever Classroom” design and school assessment toolkit.

Mark French

Director | US Deputy Education Lead, Buildings
Houston, TX

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

With over 30 years of experience, Mark French LEED AP BD+C offers extensive design and project management experience in educational facilities. He is involved on all aspects of a project including schematic design, design development, construction documents and project management. Mark earned the Recognized Educational Facility Professional designation from the Council of Educational Facility Planners International in 2002 due to his extensive experience in educational facility planning and design. He also achieved the designation of Accredited Learning Environments Planner in 2013.

Tom Tsaktsiris

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Resorts# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tom Tsaktsiris LEED AP BD+C specializes in high-rise Residential and Hospitality projects. His early involvement on a number of high profile projects such as The Four Seasons Hotel and Residences, The Shores at Bronte Harbour and the Toronto Delta Hotel has propelled him to the position of Project Manager where he has further developed his relationships with his clients and honed his management skills, while leading highly motivated multi-member teams. Tom has played an integral role in the successful execution of the Valhalla Condos and Towns for Edilcan, Minto’s Yorkville Park and The Yorkdale Condominiums for Heights Development Inc., where his work is helping to revitalize the Lawrence Heights neighbourhood.

Sarah Woolmington

Studio Director
Manchester, UK

#english# #Acute Care# #All# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Healthcare+# #Office Lead# #Public Outreach# #UK Regional#
Manchester, United Kingdom, Europe

Sarah Boyle has over ten years of experience working in the healthcare sector and is the lead for healthcare team in IBI Group’s Manchester office. Sarah has the ability to grasp new ideas and integrate them into desired results and is strongly committed to delivering innovative architecture. She has a range of experience across major new build and refurbishment projects for both NHS Trusts and private healthcare clients. She has been involved in both primary and acute care projects from inception to completion through various procurement routes including traditional, partnering and design and build.

Sarah has an enthusiasm for meaningful stakeholder consultation and the ability to develop the brief through engagement and interpretation of client/end user needs.

Matthew Belaen

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Design Build# #Entertainment Centre# #High Rise Residential# #Library# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Manufacturing# #Master Planning# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Office# #P3# #Placemaking# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Matt is an Architect Project Manager at the 55 St. Clair W office and has been with IBI for four years. He has experience leading large complex projects with fully integrated multi-discipline project teams, working closely with the Toronto West and Richmond Hill offices. Matt works directly with clients from the initial project vision and programming stage through to construction. Recent projects that he has been a team leader on include the Magna International Head Office and multiple Metrolinx Transportation Pursuits.

Prior to joining IBI, Matt was a manager and a design team member for the concept and approvals phase of the Parq Vancouver project, an 800,000 sq. ft. multi-hotel, conference centre, and casino complex. He has been a design team member for various architecture design competitions for cultural buildings and libraries in Quebec, several of which have been recognized internationally for design merit. Matt has also worked on, and lead, various cultural and community architecture projects in Asia, with a focus on Indonesia and Taiwan. Matt is a member of the OAA and RAIC.

Drummond Hassan

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

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

Kevin Wood

Associate Director | Principal, Water Resources Engineering
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.

Kirk Shimazu

Associate Director | US Civic Lead, Buildings
Los Angeles, CA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Leader# #Library# #Planning & Urban Design# #Subject Matter Expert#
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Kirk Shimazu is the US Civic Lead where he draws upon over 40 years of architecture, planning and urban design experience. His critical thinking skills enables him to engage in thoughtful design solutions from the earliest design phases through construction documents minimizing change orders in the field. He effectively leads project teams and assures client goals and expectations are met in a timely and economical manner. Kirk’s extensive project background and strength in design have been key to the ultimate success of numerous project assignments. His commitment to quality design informs the development of the building elements, systems, materials and details to achieve functionality, durability and long-term flexibility through the process of value design.

Andrew Wong

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, ON

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Data / Operations Centre# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Light Rail Transit# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Operations & Maintenance# #Project / Programme Management# #Research & Development# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Terminals# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-c-k-wong-p-eng-pmp-72985b8/

With ten years of experience in traffic and transit operations, Andrew Wong has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to ITS. His project work the development of technology plans, benefit-cost analysis, traffic signal control systems, transit dispatch systems, transit signal priority, operation and maintenance plans, and stakeholder consultation, with a recent focus on traffic and transit data collection and analytics.

Visweswara Rao Gantasala

Associate Director | Senior General Manager
Hyderabad, India

#english# #Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS)# #Data Analytics# #Mobile Technology# #Mobility+# #Smart Cities# #Software Development# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
Hyderabad, India, Asia
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gantasala/
"The biggest strength of IBI is its philosophy of looking at the cities from the dimension of a citizen while working for the betterment of the cities.”

Visweswara joined IBI Group as a Transportation Systems Engineer in the year 2007 after graduating from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB). As one of the first few hires of IBI India, he has started his career working on toll and HTMS implementation projects for highways. He was involved from the inception of the Indore BRT ITS implementation project (the firm’s first World Bank project in India), which subsequently helped the firm in securing a stream of contracts from The World Bank. In the recent times, he is working on the Hyderabad Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS) Project. Visweswara has been instrumental in building the software development practice in India and is currently working as the Product Manager for the IBI’s Smart City Platform and is also responsible for developing various Urban ITS Software solutions for IBI. He is also the office lead for our Hyderabad office.

Vince Gallo

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Vince Gallo has 20 years of experience and throughout this time, he has been involved in a wide variety of projects including the Aviva Centre Tennis Stadium (Canada’s National Tennis Centre) at York University, the School of Medicine at the University of Waterloo, State Farm Insurance Aurora Operations Centre, McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business located in Burlington Ontario, and numerous LCBO projects located throughout the province.

Vince was instrumental in the selection of IBI as the Architect of Record for LCBO. Vince continues to manage projects involving both new-build and renovation of their many wine and liquor stores.

Vince brings an organized and comprehensive teamwork approach to all his projects, developing excellent working relationships with clients, consultants and team members alike.

Gary Andrishak

Director
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Land Use Planning# #Leader# #Master Planning# #Mobility+# #Planning & Urban Design# #Public Outreach# #Transit Oriented Development#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
In support of city shaping, transit plazas are the Italian piazzas of the 21st century.

Gary Andrishak boasts a multidisciplinary portfolio of significant work to his credit, during his more than 35 years in the planning and design community. He is equally at home in the co-joined disciplines of land use planning and transit planning, from the standpoint of producing urban master plans concentrating on Transit Oriented Development. Gary is skilled at developing branding, marketing, and communications strategies for public transit systems, with an aim to increase transit ridership and reduce automobile use. He is also expert in the development of public outreach communications plans to ensure the public is well-informed and able to participate in the planning process.

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