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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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Octavio Jimenez

Transportation Planner
Mexico City, Mexico

#english# #All# #Latin America# #Spanish Regional# #Systems# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning#
Mexico City, Mexico

Octavio Jiminez is a Civil Engineer from the Technological Institute of Durango, Mexico. Octavio also holds a Masters Degree in Transportation Systems from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He has more than six years of experience related to transportation modeling topics and has developed demand models for urban highways in different countries, as well as micro-level models for modal transfer stations and development of road impact studies for large developments. In matters related to regional mobility plans, Octavio has collaborated in the diagnosis and development of urban strategies and their application in different time frames for the Panama City PIMUS. In relation to large-scale urban projects, Octavio has participated in mobility studies for CETRAM Chapultepec, which includes not only the impact that will result in the restructuring of CETRAM itself but also analyzes the road impact to be had in the area, caused by future large-scale developments, as well as the relevant infrastructure changes.

Ashish Ghate

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Urban Design / Planning
Toronto, Canada

#english# #All# #Green# #Living+# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development# #Water Resources Management#
Toronto, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashish-ghate-3a48441a/

With a background in Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Ashish Ghate brings a keen eye for good urban form and the complexities of city building to his role as a project manager and urban designer/planner. Ashish has worked on a variety of master planning and site planning projects based in North, Central and South America, Middle East, Eastern Europe, and India.

His experience includes all aspects of project development and spans multiple scales ranging from regional plans, master plans, transit-oriented-design, streetscape master plans, urban intensification projects and guidelines focusing on policy as well as detailed design standards. Ashish’s impressive portfolio includes a number projects focused on the importance of urban design and the balance between functional and aesthetic concerns of a project. Whereas his architectural background brings a solid building typology and infrastructure knowledge base to his work.

Gene Simmons

Field Services Director
Houston, USA

#english# #All# #Learning+# #Project / Programme Management#
Houston, USA

Gene Simmons initially worked on the contractor?s side, learning hands-on experience in carpentry, surveying, concrete formwork and placement. Moving into management, Gene worked as a project superintendent, estimator, project manager and handled client relations. He shifted to the architectural side almost 30 years ago and has worked as the Director of Field Services since 2000.

His practical experience is vitally important to maintaining communication among project team members and IBI Group’s field staff taking projects seamlessly from design through to construction.

Henry Burstyn

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#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, 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.

Tuere Fa’aola

Transportation Planner
San Diego, USA

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Land Use Planning# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Parking# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Systems# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation Planning# #Wayfinding & Signage#
San Diego, USA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tuere-fa-aola-ptp-b6a12813

Tuere Fa’aola’s areas of expertise in transportation planning range from transit analysis, alternatives analysis, multimodal analysis, travel demand forecasting, and varied traffic analyses. Tuere has managed and led the preparation of corridor studies, transit studies, micro simulation analysis, parking and traffic impact studies. In addition, she has experience in general planning studies that include, but are not limited to, pedestrian master plans, circulation elements, and regional agency MOUs.

Lee Ann Mangin

Associate Director
Seattle, USA

#english# #All# #Operations & Maintenance# #product_Smart City Platform# #Project / Programme Management# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technologies#
Seattle, USA

Lee Ann is a lead for IBI Group’s smart city practice across the US. She brings 20 years of design and engineering experience in the Intelligence practice, leading Intelligent Transportation Systems, operations center projects and multi-disciplinary teams in the design and implementation of mobility solutions. Lee Ann has a long history helping cities, transit agencies, and traffic agencies with implementing and integrating technologies into their day-to-day operations.

Danny Brewster

Associate, Architect
Houston, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Mobility+# #Retail / Commercial# #Strategic Planning#
Houston, USA

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.

Claudia Stodt

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential#
Toronto, Canada

Claudia Stodt is a Senior Designer with 20 years of experience specializing in high-rise residential and hospitality projects. Her experience in a wide range of high-profile projects, such as The Ritz Carlton Hotel, The Delta Hotel and The Rose Theatre in Brampton, has enabled her to work effectively in all aspects of design during the project documentation phase. Claudia is a highly organized individual with an innate ability to manage client and consultant relationships. Her work features all aspects of design, design development, site plan applications and dealings with various municipalities.

Kevin Wood

Principal
Westerville, USA

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Engineering# #Leader# #Municipal Services# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Water / Wastewater# #Water Resources Management#
Westerville, USA

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.

Grace Gao

Associate | Manager, Urban Design
Toronto, Canada

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Green# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility+# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation#
Toronto, 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.

Val Vanchieri

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Alexandria, USA

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Courts# #Interiors# #Policy & Design Guidelines#
Alexandria, USA

Val Vanchieri has been responsible for a significant body of work for the District of Columbia Courts. She developed the overarching concepts and schematic designs for many of the District of Columbia Courts projects. Over a period of more than 12 years, she has been responsible for numerous studies, comprehensive reports and high-level client interaction that have set the direction for ongoing work at the District of Columbia Courts.

She has an extensive background in feasibility studies; master planning; ; space planning; design intent documents; contract documents; furniture selection and procurement; punch-list inspections of furniture and final move coordination.

Adriana Davis

Project Designer
New York, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Green# #Living+# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Product_sAVe App# #Residential# #Seniors Communities# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Transit Technologies#
New York, USA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/adriana-davis-a4325892

Adriana Davis, LEED GA, is a young, up and coming architectural designer in the New York City office housing studio with a commitment to bringing affordability and convenience back to our public spaces. Her recent successes at IBI include the AEC Trendsetters Habitat for Humanity Design Challenge, and the New York City Driverless Future Challenge. She was also awarded a prize in the Fairy Tales 2017 Competition, a project that explores the intersection between architectural narrative and graphic representation.

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