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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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Grace Gao

Associate | Manager, Urban Design
Toronto, ON

Grace Gao
#Associate | Manager, Urban Design# #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Green# #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Grace Gao has over 16 years of multidisciplinary experience in urban design, planning and architecture. Her approach to urban planning strives to create healthy, meaningful, balanced and connected communities in a sustainable framework. Grace contributes to a broad range of local and global projects including: urban design and place making; mixed use master planning; TOD neighbourhood development; open space and streetscape, and sports events, on behalf of private, public and institutional sector clients.Her architectural and planning background combined with extensive work experience in a landscape architectural firm have strengthened a comprehensive academic knowledge and a keen sense of scales/ coordination for various type developments. Her effective project management skills, team collaborative spirit, multitasking efficiency and creative design capabilities, are a constant asset to her projects and teams.

#North America#
David Funchall

Studio Associate
Newark, UK

David Funchall
#Studio Associate# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Data Analytics# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Environmental Assessment# #Development Engineering# ## #Operations# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Research & Development# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transportation# #UK Regional# #Water / Wastewater# #Industrial# ## #Water Resources Management# #Industrial# ##
Newark, United Kingdom, Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-funchall-53816813/

David is a specialist in asset data management policy and systems and has a wealth of knowledge in applied research, highway surveying techniques and organisational assessment and capability building. His experience in operations led to his engagement as a lead researcher investigating emerging best practice and technologies for application to the management of the UK strategic road network, climate change adaptation for infrastructure and developing models for understanding the financial impact of policy and practice as well as the development of cost effective data collection methodologies. His current area of involvement has focused on Highways England Asset Management systems and practice.

David is a chartered professional with 20 years’ experience.

#Europe#
Norma Moores

Associate | Manager, Active Transportation
Hamilton, ON

Norma Moores
#Associate | Manager, Active Transportation# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Transportation#
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Norma Moores is an expert in active transportation (cycling and walking) with a thorough knowledge of facilities, networks and policies. She has developed an understanding of pedestrian accessibility needs within public rights-of-way. She is currently instructing workshops for the US National Complete Streets Coalition.She also provides professional services for transportation projects such as, planning and design for municipal and provincial roads, and traffic operational studies.

Many projects have included public consultation programs for which she has been responsible for their organization, facilitation and follow-up. Her honest approach to dealing with citizens’ concerns has earned her a reputation as an effective communicator.

#North America#
Danny Brewster

Director | Office Lead
Houston, TX

Danny Brewster
#Director | Office Lead# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Office Lead# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Strategic Planning#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

Danny Brewster brings over 20 years of institutional and commercial architectural experience. He has successfully managed projects with tight constraints and budget parameters including new facilities, additions and renovations. He is involved in every project phase and has a reputation for effectively leading large, complex teams and creating sustainable solutions for clients. His commitment to thoughtful strategic planning encourages industry leadership.

Noel Vilamitjana

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Edmonton, AB

Noel Vilamitjana
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Design Build# #Detention Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Education# #School# ## #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mental Health Care# #Healthcare# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #Police Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Noel is a Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) who has been in the construction industry for approximately 20 years. He excels at contract document coordination and construction administration. For many Edmonton-based projects, Noel coordinates contract document production teams, prepares project specifications, and manages the construction administration phase.

Noel’s experience consists of primarily protective services, commercial, healthcare, retail, education, recreation and multi-unit projects. Recently, he has worked on the Edmonton Police Service NW Campus, the City of Edmonton Co-located Emergency Dispatch 911 Centre, and the Edwin Parr Replacement School, in Athabasca Alberta. Noel is also a member of Construction Specifications Canada (CSC).

Mark Wyllie

Associate | Manager, Engineering Field Services
Calgary, AB

Mark Wyllie
#Associate | Manager, Engineering Field Services# #All# #Development Engineering# #Engineering#
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Mark Wyllie has ten years of experience as an engineering technologist with IBI Group and has managed multiple field crews over that timeframe.

Bryan McKeown

Associate, Architect
New York, NY

Bryan McKeown
#Associate, Architect# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ##
New York, New York, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryan-mckeown-aia-leed-ap-67a3ba76/

With over 25 years of experience, Bryan McKeown’s background is with education facilities and high-rise residential buildings. He served as project architect on five major school projects with the NYC School Construction Authority: two new early childhood centers, an addition to an inter­mediate school, and a new design-build primary school. Notably, Bryan recently oversaw the renovation and expansion of Columbia Grammar and Prep School. As project manager, Bryan leads a team to ensure prompt and successful completion of a building project. He is knowledgeable, conscientious, and capable of working with a diverse range of trades and specifications to complete a project successfully.

#North America#
Shahin Abji

Associate | Manager, Systems Engineering
Edmonton, AB

Shahin Abji
#Associate | Manager, Systems Engineering# #All# #Engineering# #Operations# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ##
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Shahin Abji has 16 years of experience in the planning, design, implementation, operation and maintenance of transportation systems and is currently working as part of a team specializing in ITS and broadband telecom systems. His experience includes systems planning and design, material requirements and specifications, procurement, material and installation inspections, commissioning, operations, maintenance, construction contract administration, quality control/quality assurance.

#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#
Dorin Vargatu

Associate | Manager, Intelligent Systems
Toronto, ON

Dorin Vargatu
#Associate | Manager, Intelligent Systems# #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Ports# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# #Terminals# ## #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dorin Vargatu has successfully utilized the knowledge gained through his extensive systems engineering experience to effectively lead various software and systems projects. Dorin specializes in systems analysis, software design and development, systems integration and deployment of real-time electronic toll collection, traffic management and commercial vehicle tracking and control systems.

Kyle Koppes

Associate | Office Lead, Canton
Canton, OH

Kyle Koppes
#Associate | Office Lead, Canton# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Office Lead# #Transportation#
Canton, Ohio, United States of America
http://linkedin.com/in/kyle-koppes-p-e-0735271a

Mr. Koppes has over 16 years of experienced as a design Project Manager/Senior Transportation Engineer in the fields of complex road, highway, street and drainage design.  His experience includes new and rehabilitation projects of both rural and urban roadways/highways and he has experience in ODOT, ODOT-let and Local-let ODOT LPA roadway projects. He has considerable experience in the design of roadways including geometric design, pavement and drainage design, cost estimating and final plan preparation. Kyle has worked on a variety of roadway improvement projects using federal dollars and he has acted as Project Manager and Lead Design Engineer for numerous ODOT projects.

Jeffrey B. Koehn

Associate Director | US Transportation Lead, Infrastructure
Cincinnati, OH

Jeffrey B. Koehn
#Associate Director | US Transportation Lead, Infrastructure# #All# #Architectural Controls# #Architecture# ## #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# ## #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Development Engineering# ## #Green# #Industrial# #Leader# #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Office Lead# #Parking# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Warehouse & Distribution Centre# #Industrial# ## #Water / Wastewater# #Industrial# ##
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-koehn-1586bb5/

Jeffrey B. Koehn is the US Transportation Engineering Lead, specializing in the design of infrastructure for complex and innovative projects in both the private and public sectors. He is known in the industry for his ability to focus on the critical details required and delivering exceptional results.

Jeffrey’s responsibilities include management, design, construction management/administration of transportation improvement projects. He is also a recognized expert in the design of sustainable storm water systems, including storm water capture and re-use; large scale dry wells; pervious pavement systems and bio-retention facilities. Recent notable projects include: Washington Park, the Cincinnati Zoo, Armleder Park, Oakley Station CSO Separation Design Build, and several sections of the Ohio River trail.

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