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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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Donald Verbanac

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#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, Ontario, 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.

David Valerius

Associate Principal | Education, Buildings
Houston, TX

#english# #Architecture# #Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Maintenance Facilities# #Office#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

David is a leader and part of the Learning+ team in the Houston office. With over 30 years of experience as an architect, primarily in the educational facility design field, he has developed the skill of being able to work toward the large project goals while also focusing on the important details. Notable projects include Bane Elementary School, Dean Middle School and Cypress Falls High School modernization. David is a Registered Architect in Texas and a LEED-accredited professional. He is involved in the American Institute of Architects and the Association for Learning Environments. David also volunteers for the Spring Branch Education Foundation.

Mahsa Adib

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

#english# #Architecture# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Education# #High Rise Residential# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Retail / Commercial#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Mahsa’s combined design and technical skills have made her a valued asset within IBI Group. She graduated with honors from Columbia University in New York, where she was exposed to innovative contemporary and forward-looking architectural challenges.

Working at well-known firms such as Henriquez, Bing Thom and now IBI have provided her a diverse background in a variety of institutional, residential and commercial projects. She has contributed design and project leadership to a series of high profile projects such as Burrard Place, Granville & 68th Avenue, and Pearson Dogwood. Her artistic eye combined with technical precision brings design excellency to her projects.

David Paterson

Manager, Design Technology
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Data / Operations Centre# #Design Build# #Education# #Energy# #Green# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Hospitality# #Industrial# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Maintenance Facilities# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Office# #P3# #Parking# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Research & Development# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Revenue / Tolling# #Special Events# #Spiritual Places# #Stadium / Athletic Facilities# #Systems Integration# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation# #Traveller Information# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-paterson-14567083/

David Paterson is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Toronto visualization group aiming to produce 3D conceptual design models, high quality 3D renders, animations and virtual reality allowing our clients to easily envision their finished projects. His efforts extend beyond Toronto to engage and collaborate globally, connecting a network of over 50 visualization specialists scattered across IBI Group offices.

David’s focus remains on all aspects of a project’s lifecycle, bringing these solutions to file whether for proposals, detail design coordination, or the visualization of completed projects.

Milena Radakovic

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #High Rise Residential# #Interiors# #Office# #Project / Programme Management# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/milena-radakovic-67105848/

Milena Radakovic believes today’s designer must embrace all facets of the design process and provides an in-depth knowledge of corporate design strategies, furniture, design and specification, scheduling and construction administration. She sees her role as crucial in overseeing her team from start to finish, inviting all the new, progressive measures of design today. Her forward thinking nature and positive approach are immediately recognizable; her professionalism and attention to business goals and strategy is her number one priority. Milena fuses her design education with technical and construction knowledge. Her work is streamlined, efficient, multi-disciplined, dynamic and process oriented.

Carlos Gutierrez De Quevedo

Associate | Manager, Transit Technology
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Data Analytics# #Latin America# #Mobility+# #Operations & Maintenance# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Research & Development# #Spanish Regional# #Systems# #Terminals# #Transit Management# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Carlos Gutierrez De Quevedo is a mobility specialist with over ten years of experience researching and working on urban mobility projects. He is considered a subject matter expert for Smart Cities and part of the team developing IBI Group’s profile in Latin America.

Carlos has a M.Sc. in Transportation from MIT supplemented by international experience in planning and policy, infrastructure, operations, analytics, and technology projects. His strength lies in his ability to lead multidisciplinary teams in different contexts with well-rounded knowledge in all modes of urban transportation. His signature projects include analytics to infer origin and destination matrices and improve bus schedules in the Basque Country, Spain and outlining the Mobility as a Service vision for Chattanooga, ennessee. He is currently defining intelligent infrastructure for dynamic platform allocation at Metrolinx’s Union Station Bus Terminal.

Maarit Heinonen-smith

Architect
London, UK

#english# #Design Build# #Green# #Healthy New Towns# #High Rise Residential# #Hotels# #Low Rise Residential# #Mental Health Care# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Resorts# #Seniors Communities# #Spiritual Places# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom, Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/maarit-heinonen-smith-65a3b4b6/

Maarit is an experienced, Chartered Architect with years of experience in high profile and award-winning sheltered and extra care housing, retirement villages and care homes located throughout the UK.

Maarit specializes in architecture and design for over 55’s, designing bespoke and inspiring residential architecture which allows for flexibility within the design for changing needs and individuality of the residents with a consideration to their health and well-being. Each design is a unique response to the site and brief, and developed through a dialogue with clients and end-users. During her career, her designs have achieved several awards for design quality, most recently at Healthcare Design Awards 2018 and Housing Design Awards 2017.

Maarit has designed retirement living developments worth £20m+ in value. Working with some of the largest local authorities, charities, housing associations and private developers in the UK, her knowledge has provided her with the best practice knowledge and innovation in this sector.

Jorge Arevalo

Associate | Manager, Electrical Engineering
Toronto West, ON

#english# #All# #Electrical Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Light Rail Transit# #Retail / Commercial# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

Jorge Arevalo has 25 years of experience in the aerospace and electrical consulting industries and has been involved in electrical specifications, schematic and detail design for all electrical building systems for commercial, industrial and government buildings. He develops projects with accuracy, efficiency and within time limits and ever responsive to client needs, Jorge is able to adjust design and find solutions to fit within budget constraints. For the last few years Jorge has been leading IBI Group?s electrical teams in the transit field including work at multiple TTC stations, Metrolinx layovers at Mimico and Lewis Road and the Metrolinx James Station in Hamilton. Most recently Jorge has led a ten-man electrical team for four stations on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project.

Geoff Carter

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Traveller Information Systems
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Data Analytics# #Leader# #Mobility+# #product_Airport Taxi Dispatch# #product_Event Reporting System# #product_Revenue Collection# #product_Road Permitting System# #product_Transit Alerts# #product_Transit Real Time# #product_Traveller Information System# #Software Development# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Management# #Transit Management# #Transit Technology# #Traveller Information#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Geoff Carter joined IBI Group working in the development of our Advanced Traffic Management Systems software with an emphasis on the mapping display functionality. Geoff now leads IBI’s Advanced Traveller Information web and data interface team. Geoff and his team now support IBI traveller information systems that service roughly 25% of the population in the US, with notable active 511 solutions deployed in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Florida, Wisconsin and Los Angeles. Geoff led IBI’s efforts for the deployment of the traveller information web site for the Pan Am games. Geoff has led efforts to provide SaaS (Software as a Solution), advanced IBI’s hosting center in Tampa, Florida and has managed the program to productize IBI’s software solution thereby allowing IBI to bring tremendous value to its clients. He is currently leading IBI’s efforts to advance the Event Reporting System and managing the New York and Wisconsin 511 projects.

Phil Beinhaker

Director
Tel Aviv, Israel

#english# #Airports# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Leader# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Stadium / Athletic Facilities# #Transportation#
Tel Aviv, Israel, Middle East

Phil Beinhaker founded IBI Group in 1974 and continues to specialize in several areas of consulting activity, including urban design and development, building design, project management, land development, and policy development for land, housing, and transportation. He has been involved, domestically and internationally, in major projects that have included the development of urban hospitals, airports, transit systems, high-rise complexes, and a professional sports complex.

Celia Johnstone

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civil Infrastructure# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Office Lead# #Project / Programme Management# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Transit architecture is no longer seen as just a utility, it plays a vital role in creating sustainable cities around the world as populations shift to urban centres. Great design can make infrastructure both efficient and beautiful, a source of delight on your daily commute as well as a lasting contribution to the community.

Celia Johnstone LEED AP is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. She has over 20 years of experience in coordinating complex, multidisciplinary public-transit facility projects, as well as all facets of practice management. Celia has a portfolio of major transit infrastructure design projects, including underground, at-grade, and elevated transit facility design for the TTC, GTAA, and GO Transit. She is the lead architect for the new Redline LRT, the first subway system in Tel Aviv.

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.

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