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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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Stephen Sowa

Project Architect
San Jose, CA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Green# #Learning+# #Public Outreach# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
San Jose, California United States of America

Stephen Sowa, AIA LEED AP has been a project architect with IBI Group for the last 13 years, and has a total of 28 years of experience. He adds his passion through the design, and management of built projects through a collaborative effort with the client, stake holders, community leaders and staff. Included are his strong insights in sustainable, healthy environments and a commitment to decreasing our footprint into each project.

Steve Schibuola

Director, Engineer
San Diego, CA

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Green# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Research & Development# #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Transit Planning# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning#
San Diego, California United States of America

Steve Schibuola is the US Transportation Planning Lead with 25 years of experience in a variety of urban transportation disciplines. He provides strategic and service planning for public transportation, including major investment studies, feasibility studies, and environmental assessments of transportation improvements; policy and research studies in the field of sustainable transportation; and user needs assessments, software design, and operations planning for intelligent transportation systems.

Paula Margaritis

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Interiors# #Office#
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Paula Margaritis has 15 years of intensive multidisciplinary experience in architecture, planning and interior design. Her architectural background brings solid knowledge on built form modules and allows ultimate flexibility in developing and creating highly progressive and innovative solutions in any environment. As a senior designer, she has participated on several larger scale projects ensuring a highly creative and detailed quality in designing interiors and coordinated with the functional and technical aspects of the projects. As a passionate, energetic, efficient and organized professional, she processes excellent communications, sound project management skills and a team spirited personality.

Bankim Kalra, AICP

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.

Paul Perejma

Office Manager
Fort McMurray, AB

#english# #Civic & Government# #Design Build# #Detention Facilities# #Industrial# #Library# #Parking# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Roads & Highways# #Terminals# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# #Water / Wastewater#
Fort McMurray, Alberta Canada

Paul is a Civil Engineer with over nine years of experience in residential, commercial, industrial, municipal and marine design projects. Paul continues to add to his skillset of project management, design, drafting, cost estimates, tender preparation, and contract administration. He is licensed in both BC and AB and is familiar with design adaptations to suit each region.

He is currently involved in projects surrounding the devastating wildfires that hit Fort McMurray in 2016 and plays a part in ensuring the rehabilitation efforts help residents move back home.

Adam Haimour

Associate | Manager, Civil Engineering
Calgary, AB

#english# #All# #Civil Engineering# #Development Engineering# #Engineering#
Calgary, Alberta Canada
David Valerius

Project Manager
Houston, TX

#english# #Architecture# #Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Maintenance Facilities# #Office#
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.

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.

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 Europe
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.

Jonathan Blades

Software Developer
Glasgow, UK

#english# #All# #Data / Operations Centre# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Roads & Highways# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #UK Regional#
Glasgow, United Kingdom Europe

Jonathan Blades has over ten years of technical experience in the IT and telecom field, particularly network administration and PC support. He has extensive experience in LAN/WAN including installation and maintenance, and TCP/IP troubleshooting and support, multiple server/domain; remote access support, as well as CAT 6/5e Cabling. Jonathan specialises in operating systems, telephone systems and and to top it off, he also has considerable experience in website, app and software development.

Michael Nobrega

Independent Director

#english# #All# #Board Member#

Michael Nobrega is a Chartered Professional Accountant and currently the Chair of Ontario Centres of Excellence, an Ontario based organization that drives the commercialization of leading edge technologies across the transportation, communications and key market sectors. Michael was past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Municipal Employees Pension System (OMERS), one of Canada’s largest pension funds, from 2007 to 2014. From 1998 to 2007, Michael was President and Chief Executive Officer of Borealis Infrastructure, the infrastructure investment entity of OMERS.

Mark Woloszyk

Manager, Industrial Engineering
Southfield, MI

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Industrial#
Southfield, Michigan United States of America
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