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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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Sardar Nabi

Associate | Manager, Bridge Engineering
Toronto West, Canada

#english# #Bridge Engineering# #Bridges# #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Engineering# #P3# #Structural Engineering# #Transportation#
Toronto West, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sardarnabi/

Sardar Nabi is Manager, Bridges and has over 28 years of experience in project management, design of bridges and other transportation structures. He is adept at production of drawings, structural design and analysis, development of construction details, and preparation of contract documents. He has extensive design and management experience with various types of infrastructures, including: long span bridges, over-crossings, under-crossings, structural widening, grade separations, drainage structures, walls, and miscellaneous landscape structures.

He has vast experience in the design and delivery for bridge, structural and transportation projects for Conventional, design/build (DB) and Design-Build-Finance-Operations (DBFO) projects. Sardar’s experience in bridge structures includes a wide variety of highway, railway and light transit bridges consisting of post-tensioned concrete, precast concrete girder and steel girder structures designed to CHBDC, AASHTO and AREMA design standards. For the rehabilitation of structures, Sardar has carried out condition surveys, structural investigations and assessments, repair, rehabilitation design and project management of a wide variety of structures.

He has provided bridge detailed and preliminary design services to the Ministry of Transportation Ontario for approximately 250 bridge structures. Sardar is a Certified Project Manager, having met the stringent training, experience and practical examination requirements of Project Manager Certification Program, which is recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Dorin Vargatu

Associate | Manager, Intelligent Systems
Toronto, Canada

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

Paul Bennett

Studio Associate
Dublin, Ireland

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Data / Operations Centre# #Engineering# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility Hub# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #Parking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Special Events# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Dublin, Ireland
https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulbennett999/

Paul Bennett joined IBI Group ten years ago after a long career as Field Services Director delivering Traffic Management, CCTV and Security operational contracts to Government and the Private Sector. Paul has also been assigned to a number of high profile projects which require design, procurement, delivery and optimisation of Operations Centres, ITS assets, stakeholder processes and integration of key systems. These projects bring together Paul’s technical, quality, commercial, and project management and business change capabilities.

David Thom

President
Vancouver, Canada

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

As the President of IBI Group and member of the Board of Directors, David Thom is responsible for providing executive leadership to the company 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 USA and internationally including public/private partnerships and private finance initiatives.

David joined the firm in 1975 after graduating from the architecture program at the University of Toronto, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Jeffrey B. Koehn

Associate Director | US Transportation Lead, Infrastructure
Cincinnati, USA

#english# #All# #Architectural Controls# #Bridges# #Brownfield Development# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Green# #Highway / Road Design# #Industrial# #Leader# #Maintenance Facilities# #Mobility+# #Office Lead# #Parking# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Roads & Highways# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Warehouse & Distribution Centre# #Water / Wastewater#
Cincinnati, USA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-koehn-1586bb5/

Jeffrey B. Koehn is the US Transportation Engineering Lead, specializing in the design of infrastructure for complex and innovative projects in both the private and public sectors. He is known in the industry for his ability to focus on the critical details required and delivering exceptional results.

Jeffrey’s responsibilities include management, design, construction management/administration of transportation improvement projects. He is also a recognized expert in the design of sustainable storm water systems, including storm water capture and re-use; large scale dry wells; pervious pavement systems and bio-retention facilities. Recent notable projects include: Washington Park, the Cincinnati Zoo, Armleder Park, Oakley Station CSO Separation Design Build, and several sections of the Ohio River trail.

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.

Neno Kovacevic

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Urban Design / Landscape Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#english# #All# #Energy# #Highway / Road Design# #Land Use Planning# #Landscape Architecture# #Master Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Subject Matter Expert# #Water Resources Management#
Toronto, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/neno-kovacevic-91971015/

Neno Kovacevic is a leading Landscape Architect and Urban Designer who has worked on numerous initiatives in North America, Central America and internationally. He brings more than 20 years of experience to environmentally sensitive design, integrating sustainability into community master planning, parks, open space, urban public plazas and streetscape design. His experience reflects the diverse, evolving role of landscape architecture in facilitating economic development, community building and sustainability. His work is distinguished by a talent to identify and resolve client issues through visionary and practical design solutions, supported by solid project management skills and a proven ability to work as a contributing member of a collaborative design team.
In 1994 he completed his Masters degree in landscape architecture at Edinburgh University and is fully registered to practise in Canada, the United States and Montenegro.

Richard Mazuch

Director of Design Research and Innovation
London, UK

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Learning+# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #product_BedPod# #product_MedBedHead# #product_Norbury Lounge Chair# #Public Outreach# #Subject Matter Expert# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom

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 authorising 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.

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.

Maarit Heinonen-smith

Architect
London, UK

#english# #Design Build# #Green# #Healthy New Towns# #High Rise Residential# #Hotels# #Low Rise Residential# #Mental Health Care# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Resorts# #Seniors Communities# #Spiritual Places# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom United Kingdom
https://www.linkedin.com/in/maarit-heinonen-smith-65a3b4b6/

Maarit is an experienced, Chartered Architect with years of experience in high profile and award-winning sheltered and extra care housing, retirement villages and care homes located throughout the UK.

Maarit specializes in architecture and design for over 55’s, designing bespoke and inspiring residential architecture which allows for flexibility within the design for changing needs and individuality of the residents with a consideration to their health and well-being. Each design is a unique response to the site and brief, and developed through a dialogue with clients and end-users. During her career, her designs have achieved several awards for design quality, most recently at Healthcare Design Awards 2018 and Housing Design Awards 2017.

Maarit has designed retirement living developments worth £20m+ in value. Working with some of the largest local authorities, charities, housing associations and private developers in the UK, her knowledge has provided her with the best practice knowledge and innovation in this sector.

Salim Kumar Narayanan

Studio Principal
Vancouver, Canada

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Healthcare+# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Industrial# #Leader# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Resorts# #Retail / Commercial# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Vancouver, Canada

Salim Narayanan has over 25 years of experience in various capacities ranging from Senior Project Manager to Designer in architecture for projects in Canada, USA, Middle East and India. He is skilled in developing design concepts, construction documentation, contract administration, and liaising with consultants, construction companies, city authorities, and clients. His experience in North America primarily includes mixed-use high-rise residential buildings. His previous experience also includes residential and office towers, commercial complexes, hotel and resort projects, institutional and healthcare facilities, sports/multi-purpose halls, movie theatres, industrial buildings, transit centers, housing complexes, luxury palaces, and grand houses. Salim has a keen interest in integrating technology, detailing, and functional design.

Kirk Shimazu

Associate | Project Manager
Los Angeles, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Leader# #Library# #Planning & Urban Design# #Subject Matter Expert#
Los Angeles, USA

Kirk Shimazu is the US Civic Lead where he draws upon over 40 years of architecture, planning and urban design experience. His critical thinking skills enables him to engage in thoughtful design solutions from the earliest design phases through construction documents minimizing change orders in the field. He effectively leads project teams and assures client goals and expectations are met in a timely and economical manner. Kirk’s extensive project background and strength in design have been key to the ultimate success of numerous project assignments. His commitment to quality design informs the development of the building elements, systems, materials and details to achieve functionality, durability and long-term flexibility through the process of value design.

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