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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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Paul Williams

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Electrical & Mechanical Engineering
Toronto West, ON

#english# #All# #Electrical Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Light Rail Transit# #Mechanical Engineering# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Facilities#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

Paul Williams has over 30 years of project and design experience in the electrical engineering field. He has been responsible for conceptual design, specifications, feasibility studies, detail engineering, inspections, commissioning, and project management on numerous utility, industrial and commercial projects.Currently, Paul is the Mechanical and Engineering Peer Reviewer for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, the Project Manager for the Metrolinx Lewis Road Layover Facility and Metrolinx Mimico Layover Facility, and provides Senior Electrical oversight for various projects.

Gianni Ria

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, High Rise Residential
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gianni Ria holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto and over the past 30 years, served as lead designer on a number of successful hospitality, residential and commercial projects. Gianni has Recent hospitality projects include the SOHO Metropolitan Hotel and Residences, a four star hotel in Toronto’s entertainment district, and the Hazelton Hotel and Residences in the Trendy Yorkville area of Toronto. Gianni’s work has been recognized through awards and publications.

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.

Juan Camilo Barrera

Associate | Manager, Civil Engineering
Toronto West, ON

#english# #All# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Industrial# #Municipal Services# #Project / Programme Management# #Water / Wastewater# #Water Resources Management#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

Juan Camilo Barrera has over 20 years of experience involved in various aspects of civil and municipal engineering. His skills and expertise include utility coordination, hydrology and hydraulic modelling, storm water management planning, water supply systems, earthworks, subsurface utility engineering, municipal engineering, urban planning and project management. Juan has worked as the Civil Engineering Lead and Project Engineer on a number of projects, including in the mining, industrial and infrastructure sectors. He also has extensive project cycle experience, from front-end studies to full EPCM and Design-Bid-Build mandates, as well as P3/Design-Build projects in complex and time-sensitive environments. He is an active member of the Public Utilities Management Subcommittee, which is part of the Maintenance and Construction Standing Committee of the Transportation Association of Canada.

Oliver Hartleben

Associate | Manager, IBI TH!NK
Vancouver, BC

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Highway / Road Design# #Land Use Planning# #Learning+# #Library# #Living+# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Product_sAVe App# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Research & Development# #Roads & Highways# #Spanish Regional# #Strategic Planning# #Terminals# #Traffic Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
http://linkedin.com/in/ohartleben

Oliver Hartleben is an Architect and City Planner with a public administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School focused on existing and evolving public outreach, demographic, mobility, built form, and innovation topics.

A lateral thinker by nature, Oliver brings together his experience in engaging public, private and community stakeholders for the identification of new opportunities and synergies. Oliver is NCI System certified to facilitate design charettes, has experience in conducting online engagement processes, and leads IBI Group’s R&D Unit, TH!NK.

Heidi Rose

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Interiors# #Residential# #Resorts# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Heidi Rose is a team design lead with well over a decade of experience in the field of Interiors. She specializes in conceptual design in both hospitality and high-rise residential interiors. With her experience she has developed a keen eye for detail with the utmost attention to quality and design, and has the ability to establish and identify creativity in each new opportunity.

Heidi’s strengths lie in concept through to construction focusing on building honest client relationships, while maintaining the overall design intent and direction. She has the ability to provide creative design solutions that adapt seamlessly to aesthetic, and project goals. Her design approach is to collaboratively provide tasteful, and thoughtful interiors that are relevant and cultivated.

Some of Heidi’s experience is built from working on the Public Hotel in Chicago, the Editions Hotel in Miami, and the St. Regis Hotel in Mexico City to name a few during her growth at Yabu Pushelberg. IBI Group initiatives have brought her multiple high-rise residential opportunities ranging from high to low end markets making her experience vast and adaptable. The ties between hospitality and residential design are like-minded in creating lasting interiors to surprise the visual senses of the end user.

David Sisco

Associate, Planner
Waterloo, ON

#english# #All# #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Water Resources Management#
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-sisco-69a18196/

David Sisco’s specializes in land use planning projects, involving large developments encompassing sites 500+ acres to single severances as well as residential, recreational, and commercial developments. He is experienced in the coordination of resource management development projects for both the private sector and government bodies, with specialized expertise in post-extraction rehabilitation techniques. His notable works also include the design and management of provincial and community resource and policy-based studies.

Kirk Shimazu

Associate Director | Project Manager
Los Angeles, CA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Leader# #Library# #Planning & Urban Design# #Subject Matter Expert#
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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.

Octavio Jimenez

Associate | Manager, Transportation Planning
Mexico City, Mexico

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

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.

Honor Roan

Associate, Project Manager
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Honor Roan is a Graduate Architect that specializes in a variety of sectors, including institutional, commercial, high-density residential and hotel projects. Honor is adept at fulfilling the role of Project Manager for many simultaneous projects and works to produce and coordinate working drawings from the building permit through to the construction phase. He is experienced in leadership of consultants and all aspects of production to successfully complete his projects.

Jay Claggett

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Planning
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Industrial# #Land Use Planning# #Leader# #Master Planning# #Mobility Hub# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cities cannot and should not become fixed in time; they are living creatures that evolve and develop over time. The most dynamic and successful cities embrace change by integrating public and private realms with world-class architecture and infrastructure, creating a kind of urban fabric woven from people, places, and things.

Jay Claggett, MCIP, RPP is a land use planner with over 25 years of professional planning and development experience. He has prepared numerous policy reviews, land use investigations, highest and best use analyses, market/financial analyses, site plans, district/master plans and land disposition strategies on behalf of public, institutional and private sector clients. He has been the Project Director or Project Manager for a range of complex real estate and master planning projects involving lands throughout Canada. As a result of Jay’s practical knowledge of the planning process and his excellent working relationships with staff at all levels of government, he has obtained timely planning approvals and successfully negotiated conditions and partnerships for small and large-scale residential developments, commercial, office, institutional and industrial projects.

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.

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