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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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Salvatore Birritteri

Associate, Architectural Technologist
Denver, CO

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Planning & Urban Design# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation#
Denver, Colorado, United States of America

Sal Birritteri is an Urban Designer with 13 years of experience working on a broad base of multidisciplinary projects. Most recently he has worked on projects that are transit related. These projects include the design of facilities such as passenger shelters, stations and intermodal terminals and have required involvement from conceptual design to construction supervision. His experience on past projects and his training as an Architectural Technologist have given him a strong background in architectural building science. His design and project management skills enable him to effectively see a project from visioning through to construction.

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.

Kim Van Ruskenveld

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Edmonton, AB

#english# #Education# #High Rise Residential# #Interiors# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities#
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

A NCIDQ-Certified Interior Designer with over ten years of design and management experience, Kim is the Regional Interior Design Lead for Canada West. Kim has acted as design lead on a wide range of projects, overseeing the entire project process from programming, design development, through to contract administration. Kim has experience in corporate, commercial, office, healthcare, residential, retail, and institutional projects.

Her current work includes the City of Edmonton Co located Emergency Dispatch 911 Centre, the Grande Prairie Regional College National Bee Diagnostic Centre, and the Alberta Education – Provincial Marking Centre Relocation. Kim holds memberships with Canada Green Building Council, Interior Designers of Alberta, and the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

Bankim Kalra, AICP

Associate | Manager, Urban Planning
Pompano Beach, FL

#english# #Active Transportation# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Placemaking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transportation#
Pompano Beach, Florida, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/bankim-kalra-aicp-886a851/

Bankim Kalra has over 15 years of consulting experience on IBI projects in Florida, South Carolina, and Edmonton prior to his relocation to lead IBI India’s urban planning and design practice. With a background in architecture, urban planning and a specialization in economic development, Bankim has developed a diverse portfolio integrated transit and land use planning, urban design, redevelopment planning, streetscape design and strategic TOD projects to his credit.

During his time with IBI Group, he has grown into being an effective Project Manager and a seasoned professional with global experience and a unique perspective in understanding the challenges of integrating diversity in community building. Bankim has been part of several award-winning IBI projects including the Bhubaneswar Smart City Plan in India and the Downtown Tavares Master Plan in Florida.

Donald Verbanac

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #Active Transportation# #Airports# #All# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Light Rail Transit# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Ports# #Project / Programme Management# #Rail# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://ca.linkedin.com/in/donald-verbanac-677b06a0

Don Verbanac is an interdisciplinary Project Manager specializing in transit facilities. Don has 20 years of combined experience in architecture, urban planning, transportation, retail and industrial design from Canada, the USA, Mexico and the Netherlands. For the past decade, Don has primarily worked on BRT, LRT and subway (metro) stations as well as bus terminals and on-street transit facilities. His multidisciplinary background along with his acumen for complex engineering projects have been applied to Waterloo?s King-Victoria Transit Hub, Mississauga BRT, and the successful bid for two large P3 LRT projects in Canada.

Don has professional degrees in urban planning (BAA) from Ryerson University and an architecture degree (M.Arch) from the University of Manitoba. Don is registered as an architect (Bureau Architectenregister-SBA) in the Netherlands, as an intern architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, as well as a registered professional planner (RPP) with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners. Don is currently the Segment (Design) Manager on Science Centre and Kennedy Stations where he is managing interdisciplinary design works in parallel with construction as part of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

Yong Kang

Director | US Sector Lead, Buildings
Los Angeles, CA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Hospitality# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Senior Management# #Strategic Planning#
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/yong-j-kang-aia-60281a11/

As the US Sector Lead, Buildings, Yong Kang is responsible for overseeing the strategy, growth and development of the company’s new and existing business for IBI Group’s architectural, engineering and interior design practices nationwide. Bringing over two decades of proven experience in leading and managing major projects, Yong is a recognized leader in his profession. He is internationally recognized for having led the design of more than 15 million square feet of complex building environments for his clients throughout North America and Asia including multi-national conglomerates.

Yong is a licensed architect and is actively affiliated with numerous professional organizations including: the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Southern California Development Forum (SCDF) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) amongst others. Yong holds a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University.

Dorin Vargatu

Associate | Manager, Intelligent Systems
Toronto, ON

#english# #Airports# #All# #Ports# #Revenue / Tolling# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Management# #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.

Bruce Han

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Planning & Urban Design# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bruce Han has over 25 years of combined experience in architectural design, urban design, city planning, as well as transit design, specializing in public transportation, institutional, commercial and residential complex projects. His design portfolio features large scale, complex architecture, urban design, commercial and residential developments, where he delivers innovative ideas and multidisciplinary solutions in both North America and internationally.
Bruce is an OAA licensed architect and member of Royal Architectural Institute of Canada; he is also a member of Toronto Society of Architects. He received his Master of Urban Design degree from University of Toronto, and also possesses a Bachelor of Architecture degree. While pursuing his master degree, he attended advance architecture studio hosted by scholar from GSD, Harvard University and gained in-depth knowledge of contemporary architecture design.

James Gibson

Technical Lead
Toronto, ON

#english# #Active Transportation# #Civic & Government# #Energy# #Industrial# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Parks# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Smart Cities# #Solar# #Spatial Intelligence# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation# #Water / Wastewater# #Wind#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

James has over 10 years of experience applying GIS technology to solve problems in a wide variety of business sectors including land use planning, real estate & economic planning, municipal infrastructure, transportation, and renewable energy. As a Certified GIS Professional and Certified Planning Technician, James is able to combine his understanding of land use planning and land development with his knowledge of Geographic Information Systems to perform meaningful analysis and identify spatial patterns and trends. James has played a key role in numerous projects requiring land use analysis, development constraint analysis, master servicing plans, conceptual designs, transportation planning, asset management and inventories, site selection analysis, data management, data collection and manipulation, data visualization, and database design.

Serving as a Regional GIS Lead, James is also involved in a variety of global initiatives that aim to promote and increase IBI’s use of geospatial technology across the firm. These initiatives have helped to highlight the power of spatial analysis and demonstrate why GIS technology can and should be leveraged across all of IBI’s business sectors.

Tony Withall

Associate | Manager, Planning
Missssauga, ON

#english# #All# #Land Use Planning# #Mixed Use# #Planning & Urban Design# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Missssauga, Ontario, Canada

Tony Withall has over 12 years of land use planning and development experience with residential, commercial and mixed use developments. His responsibilities involve reviewing and interpreting Official Plans, Zoning By-Laws, Site Plan Guidelines and Urban Design Guidelines. He is involved in every aspect of the planning process from conceptual design to application submission and approval coordination. Primarily focusing on commercial developments for several large private Canadian companies, Tony has used his expertise in planning instrument analysis and interpretation, and site design to obtain approval for a large number of QSR restaurants and service stations throughout Ontario.

Drummond Hassan

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

With over 40 years of experience, Drummond Hassan’s portfolio has ranged from residential, office/manufacturing, commercial and urban design projects. He is a Registered Architect that has received a Governor General’s Award for Residential Design, the Mississauga Urban Design Award and the Financial Post Design Effectiveness Award. He is currently leading a number of high-rise residential projects across the GTHA, collaborating with various offices in the Region as well as retail projects including the LCBO program and Holt Renfrew.

Prior to joining IBI Group, Drummond Hassan was affiliated with architectural firms in London, England and Glasgow, Scotland. He received a B.Sc (Hon) and a B.Arch from Strathclyde University Department of Architecture and Building Science in Scotland.

Nanette Shahinian

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Nanette Shahinian is an Architect with over 30 years’ experience in residential and institutional buildings. She has worked on a range of buildings from high-end boutique condominiums to large scale mixed use projects. Through her involvement on high-profile projects such as Chaz Condominium, The Avenue, South Park Halifax and the Bathurst JCC, she has developed relationships with both long-standing and new clients. Nannette’s work is characterized by the desire to develop design solutions for complex buildings, which fully satisfy the client’s needs, and the detailing and physical quality of our built environment.

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