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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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Cathryn Chopko-Beck

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Urban Design / Planning
Edmonton, AB

Cathryn Chopko-Beck
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Urban Design / Planning# #All# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Data Analytics# #Green# #Landscape Architecture# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Research & Development# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ##
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Cathryn Chopko Beck areas of expertise include landscape and urban design, land use planning, socio-economic analysis/market research, site planning, recreation and tourism planning, policy development and environmental planning.

#North America#
David Valerius

Associate Principal | Education, Buildings
Houston, TX

David Valerius
#Associate Principal | Education, Buildings# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
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.

#North America#
Sean Jones

Studio Director
Cardiff, UK

Sean Jones
#Studio Director# #All# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Office Lead# #P3# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Stadium / Athletic Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #UK Regional#
Cardiff, United Kingdom, Europe

Sean Jones has extensive experience in the administration of building contracts for refurbishment and new build works. He is involved in the production of detailed information packages, the management of the design team through this process including contract administration and overseeing site works. He is familiar with the PFI process and has wide-ranging experience in the procurement of healthcare buildings. This includes leading the team during the briefing and room layout process. This involved engagement with the user groups to finalise the detail design layouts and managing the production information packages. Sean is also familiar with delivering phased schemes in a live hospital environment. During his career, he has worked at a number of commercial architectural firms both in Manchester and London, gaining experience on a wide variety of projects in the commercial, sports and leisure sectors across the globe and taking major stadia, sports grandstands and racecourse facilities through from detailed design to project completion.

#Europe#
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.

Alexandre Haddad

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Civic/Industrial Buildings
Toronto West, ON

Alexandre Haddad
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Civic/Industrial Buildings# #All# #Automotive# #Industrial# ## #Design Build# #Energy# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Leader# #Manufacturing# #Industrial# ## #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

Alex Haddad is a professional engineer with a background in mechanical and aerospace engineering, with over 25 years of experience. Alex is currently responsible for Business Development activities for the Automotive, Manufacturing and Commercial and Government sectors in Canada. His experience includes design and development of various complex projects for a wide range of building types including commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities. His clients have included General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Air Canada, Toronto Hydro, telecommunications firms, and post-secondary education institutions. Alex has been involved in master planning design, management and business development activities. His experience encompasses Construction Management, Design-Bid-Build and Design Build projects.

Susan Christensen

Associate Director | Office Lead
Binghamton, NY

Susan Christensen
#Associate Director | Office Lead# #All# #Education# #School# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Office Lead# #Subject Matter Expert#
Binghamton, New York, United States of America

Susan Christensen has over 15 years of experience in marketing management, e-commerce marketing, marketing communication, business development, and global brand management.

John Baker

Associate | Manager, Structural Engineering
Raleigh, NC

John Baker
#Associate | Manager, Structural Engineering# #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Structural Engineering# #Water / Wastewater# #Industrial# ##
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

John Baker has 25 years of experience in structural engineering design and whether performing the design himself or supervising a structural engineer from his department, John is closely involved in the design process. He has extensive experience with industrial, institutional, wastewater, commercial, and military projects.

#North America#
Jill Mackay

Associate | Manager, Intelligent Transportation Systems
Seattle, WA

Jill Mackay
#Associate | Manager, Intelligent Transportation Systems# #All# #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Municipal Services# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Operations# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #sAVe App# #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation# #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Seattle, Washington, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jill-mackay-pmp-79566a7/

Upon joining IBI Group, Jill Mackay was tasked to develop Regional ITS architecture for a broad range of clients, including throughout the state of Washington. Through the facilitation of stakeholder workshops, Jill became adept at helping agencies identify a vision and strategic path for the identification, prioritization and implementation of innovative transportation technologies that would improve operational efficiencies and performance.

Beyond the planning phase, Jill has worked on fare collection, electronic toll collection and CAD/AVL system implementations from the initial needs assessment phase through to systems acceptance. Currently, Jill is leading IBI Group’s multidisciplinary Connected and Autonomous Vehicles practice, which is comprised of professionals dedicated to guiding our traffic and transit agency clients on how to plan, prepare and benefit from innovative autonomous technologies. A team from the CAV Working Group was recently a finalist in New York?s Driverless Future design challenge, which sought ideas on how automated vehicles could address urban growth issues in New York City.

#North America#
Manish Saini

Associate Director | Senior General Manager
New Delhi, India

Manish Saini
#Associate Director | Senior General Manager# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Advanced Traffic Management System# #Transportation# #ATMS# ## #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Design Build# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Operations# #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #Parking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Smart Cities# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Traffic Engineering# #Transportation# #Traffic Management# ## #Transit Planning# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
New Delhi, India, Asia

Manish joined IBI in 2007 and has 15 years of experience. He has been leading the toll system and traffic system implementation projects in India and has been active on the consulting assignments in transit ITS, smart cites solutions and is trained on world bank procurement processes. Some of the notable projects on which Manish has played a critical role include being a project manager for the Bangalore Elevated Toll System, Bhubaneswar Smart City ICOMC program management, procurement expert on the Shendra Smart City – AURIC, transit lead on Hubli Dharwad BRT system and Indore BRT system, and implementation lead on the Hyderabad ITMS project. He has been instrumental in building the operations and maintenance practice in India for the toll and traffic management systems. He is also actively involved with the IBI Smart City Platform team.

#Asia#
Richard Mazuch

Director of Design Research and Innovation
London, UK

Richard Mazuch
#Director of Design Research and Innovation# #All# #Architecture# #BedPod# #Healthcare# ## #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #MedBedHead# #Healthcare# ## #Norbury Lounge Chair# #Healthcare# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Public Outreach# #Subject Matter Expert# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom, Europe

Richard Mazuch is an architect and designer who gains great satisfaction from translating holistic ideas into radical but pragmatic solutions. An authority on healthcare, Richard provides profound insight into designing for global trends, patient groups and clinical provision – informing key decisions throughout the architectural process. Richard has worked on healthcare projects in Italy, Hong Kong, Brazil, Oman, UAE, and more recently Australia. He has been elected as a World Architecture Jury member, as well as being a University lecturer/examiner and speaker at the International Conferences.

Richard has strong relations with key health bodies. He has worked extensively with the NHS contributing to Health Building Notes, Health Technical Memorandum, and their ‘therapeutic environment’ website feature entitled “Slight Sensitive Design and Sound Sensitive Design” enabling designs to build evidence-based healthcare environments.

Richard is a founder and champion of IBI TH!NK. An advocate of evidence-based design, Richard creates innovations that positively impact the psychology and physiology of patient groups. Sense Sensitive Design, Emotional Mapping, the Design Prescription and the hPod are a few of the models that Richard has successfully pioneered. This has led to him co-authoring two new NHS guidelines for ‘Evidence-based Design Healthcare Environments’.
Richard is a product designer. In collaboration with manufacturers, he creates interventions, such as the BedPod, to support and improve patient care.
Richard works frequently with the NHS and DOH Expert Working Groups and Reference Groups helping to develop new Healthcare Strategies and Guidelines. More recently he has co-authored three key Paediatric Guideline documents entitled: ‘Hospital Accommodation for children and young peopleHBN 23’, ‘Friendly healthcare environments for children and young people’ and ‘Mental Health faculties for children and young people’.

Richard was also an active member and contributor to the Expert Reference Group responsible for ‘Facilities for Maternity Care’ HBN21. He was a key contributor to ‘The Children’s National Service Framework’ an NHS and Department of Health document with evaluation process and recommendations Richard made early contributions and document reviews of ‘Creating a Better Health Environment’ an Audit Took Kit by The National Childbirth Trust in 2003.
In education, Richard is translating his work in healthcare paediatrics to benefit teachers and students. Working alongside University partners, he is pioneering the development of an ‘optimal learning environment’, improving motivation, behaviour and concentration amongst pupils, especially those with special educational needs.

Omar Da Barp

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Omar Da Barp
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Omar Da Barp has over 30 years of experience ranging from design development, preparation of construction documents, contract administration and project management in residential, assisted living, commercial, institutional and recreational projects. Omar is currently overseeing a production department counting over 50 staff members.

Kaman Pang

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, ON

Kaman Pang
#Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Traffic Engineering# #Transportation# #Traffic Management# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Kaman Pang has 12 years of experience in the areas of Traffic Signal Operations and ITS. Her traffic signal operations experience includes leading and conducting traffic signal systems reviews, traffic signal coordination and operations reviews, corridor alternative evaluations, route alternative analysis, and microsimulation analysis. Her ITS experience includes the design and implementation of transit signal priority and transit related ITS elements, the deployment of advanced traveller information systems, and the deployment of video display walls.

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