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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 2,600 difference makers is IBI’s Leadership team, setting out a compelling vision and guiding IBI Group towards the future.

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David Thom

President
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Board Member# #Senior Management#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

David Thom is President of IBI Group Inc. and IBI Group, responsible for providing executive leadership with a particular focus on managing and leading the firm’s multidisciplinary teams of professionals. He specializes in the planning and design of complex projects that integrate planning, architecture and transportation. He has had senior responsibility for many major urban development projects across Canada, in the United States and internationally, including public / private partnerships and private finance initiatives.

Mr. Thom joined the firm in 1975 after receiving his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).

Denise Medcraff

Studio Principal
Brighton, UK

#english# #Acute Care# #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Green# #Healthcare+# #Higher Education# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Leader# #Mental Health Care# #Mixed Use# #Office Lead# #Oncology# #Project / Programme Management# #Seniors Communities# #UK Regional#
Brighton, United Kingdom, Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/denise-medcraff-83304436/

Denise Medcraff studied at Strathclyde University in Glasgow and has a wide range of experience designing for commercial, residential, education and healthcare sectors during her successful career with IBI Group. As Office Principal, Denise oversees the operational and service quality of various sizes and complexity of projects via various procurement routes including.A talented architect herself, Denise is extremely practiced at managing in-house architectural teams as well as coordinating consultants. Her project management skills allow her to direct the team while ensuring the projects achieve design excellence via a robust quality management system.

In healthcare, Denise has wide-ranging experience working with Trusts, private health providers and contractors to deliver estate strategies, master planning, refurbishment and new build commissions. In Education, Denise is specializes in the design development stages of Higher Education projects, reviewing the student journey and experience through the built environment. Denise?s practical knowledge of client and working group consultation, follows the design process though a structured series of meetings and end user workshops which in turn develops the client?s vision through to fruition.

Randy Knapick

Associate Director, Transportation Planner
Portland, OR

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civil Infrastructure# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Light Rail Transit# #Maintenance Facilities# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Operations & Maintenance# #Parking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Rail# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Terminals# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning# #Traveller Information# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Portland, Oregon, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/randy-knapick-b8a80b4

In this time of extraordinary urban growth and technological innovation, Randy Knapick helps communities and organizations envision their transportation futures through an interdisciplinary approach to urban mobility challenges. Randy brings the full perspective and capabilities of IBI Group’s core disciplines to help our clients develop innovative solutions for complex urban and operational environments. His experience includes multi-modal transportation planning, public transit (BRT, LRT, heavy rail, and bus), active transportation, smart cities, connected/autonomous vehicles, intelligent transportation systems, and organizational consulting.

He has project experience across North America and globally. Randy is an effective communicator with both technical and non-technical audiences, including executive decision makers, agency staff, and the citizens of the communities we serve.

Henry Burstyn

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Architecture# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Green# #Healthcare+# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Leader# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Parking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/henry-burstyn-74314794/

Henry Burstyn has over 20 years of experience and has developed a significant portfolio of work in residential, commercial, institutional, master plans and complex urban mixed-use projects leading multidisciplinary teams. His extended experience covers a wide range of building types from multi-unit residential (condominium, rental and townhouses) to institutional schools, retrofits and larger commercial centres. Henry’s contribution to projects has been acknowledged through being a guest lecturer and his projects being awarded a number of prestigious design awards including Pinnacle Awards, Oakville’s LBD Award of Excellence, OAA Award of Excellence, RAIC Award and the Governor General’s Award.

Bernardo Ortiz

Director, Latin America
Mexico City, Mexico

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Latin America# #Leader# #Office Lead# #P3# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Spanish Regional# #Strategic Planning# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technology# #Transportation#
Mexico City, Mexico, Central America

Bernardo Ortiz has over 15 years of experience in the planning, design, deployment and supervision of systems and technology. He specializes in the modernization and optimization of operations in the transportation sector. Bernardo’s experience includes the strategic planning, vision, conceptual design and implementation of transportation projects, particularly roads at a national level, including the development of AFP/P3 schemes.

Noel Vilamitjana

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Edmonton, AB

#english# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Data / Operations Centre# #Design Build# #Detention Facilities# #Education# #Healthcare+# #High Rise Residential# #Interiors# #K-12 Education# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Learning+# #Living+# #Mental Health Care# #Office# #Police Stations# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
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).

Dave Lykins

Associate | Structural Engineer
Southfield, MI

#english# #All# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Structural Engineering#
Southfield, Michigan, United States of America

Dave Lykins manages a group of structural engineers and Revit/CAD designers where he is responsible for the technical accuracy, administrative aspects, and overall quality control of the team under this direct supervision. He is involved in planning, conducting, and supervising a variety of engineering assignments requiring the application of detailed technical principles and practices to solve problems of significant complexity. Dave is also directly involved in project estimating, staffing, and management related efforts within IBI Group.

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.

Sol Wassermuhl

Director
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sol Wassermuhl has been a pivotal figure in the Toronto architecture community and has served international clients, with projects in Canada, China, Russia and USA. Sol is a member of the Toronto Society of Architects and the Ontario Association of Architects, and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Mark Wyllie

Associate | Manager, Engineering Field Services
Calgary, AB

#english# #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.

Tom Bacus, PE

Director | US Sector Lead, Infrastructure
Salt Lake City, UT

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Green# #Highway / Road Design# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Maintenance Facilities# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Municipal Services# #Office Lead# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Rail# #Resorts# #Senior Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation#
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tombacus/

Tom Bacus, office lead for both the Salt Lake City and Denver offices, brings over 20 years of experience in planning and civil engineering to the IBI team. During his career, he has successfully delivered numerous projects including work on tech campuses, large planned communities and light rail transit projects. His experience includes project work in transit corridors, transit oriented development, integrated water systems, streetscape design, parks, open space and trail design, site civil design, utility infrastructure, development entitlements, permitting, cost estimating and feasibility analysis.

In addition to planning and design work, Tom has done significant public policy work around transit and sustainability, including the development of green infrastructure standards for the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), regional air quality guidelines at the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, transit funding initiatives in Dallas, Denver and Salt Lake City, implementation of regional bike sharing in Salt Lake City, and public/private/NGO coalition building around air quality and smart growth initiatives.

Margaret Parkhill

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, ON

#english# #Active Transportation# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Environmental Assessment# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Planning# #Transportation Engineering#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/margaret-parkhill-63934925/

Margaret has over 16 years of transportation planning experience, and brings top technical skills in planning and design, plus strong communications to effectively engage with stakeholders and technical agencies on complex and controversial projects. Margaret currently leads a transportation environmental assessment and design group based in Toronto. She is a highly-effective project manager that brings out the best in her team. Margaret’s focus is developing  integrated solutions to complex urban transportation problems through corridor planning and preliminary design.

Margaret’s experience includes transit, active transportation, environmental assessments, and preliminary engineering design. Projects include London Bus Rapid Transit, Eglinton Streetscape and Cycle Track Design, MiWay Infrastructure Growth Plan, and the Toronto Relief Line subway business case and planning study. She also has experience in transportation safety and land use/ transportation integration. She is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and has published numerous papers and articles.

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