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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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Shari Gratke

Associate Principal | Education, Buildings
San Jose, CA

Shari Gratke
#Associate Principal | Education, Buildings# #All# #Architecture# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Green# #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Library# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Office Lead# #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #Parking# #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Subject Matter Expert#
San Jose, California, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/shari-gratke-russo-0a275198/

Shari is a Project Manager specializing in K-12 projects and a co-office lead in our San Jose office. With over 20 years of experience in designing education facilities, she has led notable projects in northern California such as the Lincoln Elementary School Modernization and the Cupertino Middle School Modernization for our Cupertino School District client, among many others. A forward-thinking and progressive architect, Shari plays an integral role on projects bringing her experience and confidence to our key clients in education. Shari is a licensed architect in the state of California.

#North America#
Raafat Abadir

Associate | Manager, Contract Administration
Toronto, ON

Raafat Abadir
#Associate | Manager, Contract Administration# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Raafat Abadir has a long career with IBI Group dating back to 1989 as a Principal Contract Administrator. At the time, he specialized in the construction administration of high-rise residential and office buildings, schools, and commercial buildings. Prior to this, Raafat gained ten years of architectural design and development engineering construction before relocating to Canada. Raafat has played an integral part in the managing of many notable, award-winning projects in the Greater Toronto Area, including One Financial Place, H.J. Alexander School, The Avenue, One Bedford Drive, River House-Old Mill, Waterpark Place (5 Phases), and the list goes on. Currently, Raafat is managing King Square Mall, Treviso (3 Phases), Harwood & Bayly (2 Phases), The Britt, 11 Wellesley, and 9 Tippett. His ability to coordinate and solve multi-site concerns with excellence has a proven record of client and firm satisfaction.

#North America#
Jessica Gozdzierski

Associate - Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

Jessica Gozdzierski
#Associate - Manager, Interior Design# #All# #Commercial# #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Office# #Commercial# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-gozdzierski-a437635b

Jessica graduated from Sheridan’s Interior Design program in 2007 and has been in the corporate interior’s world ever since. She joined IBI Group Interiors Design Team in 2014 as a designer. She is a dependable and resourceful individual who is keen to deliver projects on time and budget. Jessica understands how important the client’s needs are, and ensures these needs are consistently achieved. She is a fast learner and utilizes her strong organizational skills to her advantage. As an interior design professional, Jessica’s strength comes from her ability to creatively problem solve in order to find the most appropriate solution for the challenges that are inherent in the industry.

#North America#
Rares Caraba

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Geomatics
Calgary, AB

Rares Caraba
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Geomatics# #All# #Geomatics / Land Surveying# #Subject Matter Expert#
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Rares Caraba, Alberta Land Surveyor, Canada Land Surveyor, and Engineer, is responsible for acquiring accurate field data, quality control, and applications for land development to the City of Calgary and surrounding Counties and Municipal Districts.

Wendy de Silva

Architect | Mental Health Lead
London, UK

Wendy de Silva
#Architect | Mental Health Lead# #All# #Architecture# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Design Build# #Green# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Mental Health Care# #Healthcare# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Subject Matter Expert# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom, Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendy-de-silva-764b0529/
There is no health without mental health' WHO.

Wendy de Silva is an award winning architect and accredited RIBA Client Advisor with over 30 years of industry experience. She has amassed a wealth of knowledge across a range of educational, commercial and residential projects, but her particular expertise is in healthcare design. She has extensive understanding of the mental health sector and has worked with clients who are at the forefront of best practices and she is passionate about service improvements. Her project work has been recognized with awards for innovation and for providing best in class mental health facilities. She has presented papers on mental health design at conferences in the UK and Scandinavia.

Wendy has also worked on a wide range of primary and community health facilities and is keenly interested in the integration of health and social care services. She has been involved in competition winning integrated health and housing developments in London regeneration areas and has worked as Technical Advisor to community based NHS Trusts.

Wendy’s involvement as a governor of UCLH FT from 2004-2011 also enabled her to gain excellent insight into the rapidly changing NHS environment and the pressures that Foundation Trusts currently face. She continues to serve on its Arts and Heritage Committee.

Homayoun Vahidi

Director
Vancouver, BC

Homayoun Vahidi
#Director# #All# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ##
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Homayoun Vahidi has over 20 years of experience in the management, planning, design, implementation, evaluation, operation, and maintenance of ITS projects and is in charge of IBI Group’s engineering and systems practice in British Columbia. Homayoun has broad and combined expertise in transportation engineering and systems, with specialty expertise in technology applications. He has led numerous large-scale transportation systems projects for the Province of British Columbia and for TransLink in the Metro Vancouver region over the past decade.

Jim Fitzpatrick

Principal | Education, Buildings
Portland, OR

Jim Fitzpatrick
#Principal | Education, Buildings# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ##
Portland, Oregon, United States of America

Jim Fitzpatrick has been promoted to serve as Principal of our Portland office. Jim has over 22 years of architectural experience with 16 years of K-12 architectural experience in the Portland office. Jim?s role has been to manage clients, in-house staff, and consultants over the course of multiple education projects of all sizes and complexity. He has an exemplary customer service philosophy of making sure clients get what they need. His attention to detail, thorough planning and communication, and the willingness to go above and beyond ensures projects run smoothly.

#North America#
Carl Frushour

Associate Principal, Landscape Architecture
Boston, MA

Carl Frushour
#Associate Principal, Landscape Architecture# #All# #Green# #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Innovation Districts# #Smart Cities# ## #Landscape Architecture# #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Carl is a Senior Project Manager with over 18 years of experience in the field of landscape architecture, having worked on various projects types in the U.S. and abroad. Carl is a lead designer responsible for all phases of projects and is committed to a collaborative process. He is currently working on projects ranging from urban mixed-use developments to resilient waterfront developments and higher education campuses to corporate campus headquarters.

#North America#
Bryce Bankston

IT Manager
Houston, TX

Bryce Bankston
#IT Manager# #All# #Operations# #Strategic Planning#
Houston, Texas, North America

Mr. Bankston has been with IBI Group since 1999 and is an Associate Principal with the firm. Bryce has extensive experience leading operations for technology, business development, budgeting, acquisitions, integrations, and application development while coordinating with global technical teams. He is also an integral part of the strategic planning initiative for IBI at the corporate level.

Bryce not only oversees all of the computers in our Houston office, he is a critical member of the IBI West Region Support Team covering multiple locations. He supports all aspects of our computer network, including development and implementation of wiring configuration standards connectivity solutions, overall network operation systems, network software, server hardware configurations, network file systems, directory structure, LAN/WAN system integrity and security, and the installation and configuration of network hardware and software. In other words, he keeps us working.

#North America#
Steve Kuo

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Steve Kuo
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Steve Kuo holds a Master Degree in Architecture from Cornell University and has 25 years of experience in all stages of architectural process with particular focus in design development, technical planning, construction documentation and management during building phase with a specialization in mixed use and high-rise residential projects.

As Project Manager, he oversees production of working drawings, contract administration and leads consultant teams for Client/Owner representatives as well as directs an Internal staff of ten on various large scale projects including Maple Leaf Square and Air Canada Centre.

Joe Pettipas

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

Joe Pettipas
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Interior Design# #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Education# #School# ## #Entertainment Centre# #Commercial# ## #Healthcare# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Leader# #Library# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mental Health Care# #Healthcare# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Public Outreach# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-pettipas-47871ba/

With over three decades of broad experience, Joe has an innate understanding of the challenges facing corporate, hospitality, retail and healthcare clients today. His international experience in the Middle East, Asia, and across North America gives him an appreciation for the importance of brand and how it must be synthesized into the built environment for corporate success. Joe leads a creative and talented group of professionals focusing on the interior spaces within buildings that spans across Corporate Workplace, Transportation, Hospitality, Retail, Healthcare, Higher Education and Institutional arenas.

Mike Richardson

Studio Director
Manchester, UK

Mike Richardson
#Studio Director# #Acute Care# #Healthcare# ## #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Healthcare# ## #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Courts# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Design Build# #Detention Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Education# #School# ## #Fire Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #Healthcare# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mental Health Care# #Healthcare# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Oncology# #Healthcare# ## #Police Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #Project / Programme Management# #UK Regional#
Manchester, United Kingdom, Europe

Mike Richardson is the Global Quality Management Steering Committee Chair, Justice Sector Lead and has responsibility for both QM and Health & Safety within the UK & Ireland.


With over 29 years of experience, Mike has developed an acknowledged reputation for high quality, award winning innovative design solutions. Mike has experience developing complex bespoke briefs with Government Departments, clients and stakeholders. He has senior responsibility and specializes in the design and delivery of multi faceted projects including a diverse range of secure, blue light, healthcare, and education building types throughout the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands.

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