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Our People

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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Mathew Braun

Associate Principal - Education, Buildings
Portland, OR

Mathew Braun
#Associate Principal - Education, Buildings# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader#
Portland, Oregon,

During Mat’s 17 years with the firm he has enjoyed a diverse and extensive collection of projects. A recent effort has been the new Hockinson Middle School, an innovative public school in Southwestern Washington. He worked collaboratively with the contractor to bring it to completion, while being an advocate for key design concepts. Mat takes great care in all facets of the design process, applying a critical eye throughout every stage of a project. He is a valuable member of any team, willing to handle any task asked of him in order to adhere to project schedule and budget without compromising on design quality and intent.

Providing clients with a final product that satisfies and exceeds their vision is what inspires Mat. He was a key player in the modernization projects for North Santiam School District that involved upgrades to existing schools, and is project architect for Tigard-Tualatin School District’s Twality Middle School.

#North America#
Randy Stoll

Associate | Manager, Water Resources Engineering
Westerville, OH

Randy Stoll
#Associate | Manager, Water Resources Engineering# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Engineering# #Project / Programme Management# #Water / Wastewater# #Industrial# ## #Water Resources Management# #Industrial# ##
Westerville, Ohio, United States of America

Randy Stoll possesses strong project management and engineering skills as they pertain to water and wastewater projects. His structural and hydraulic engineering experience includes complete structural designs of water and wastewater treatment plants, and he has conducted numerous hydraulic studies and designs for urban and rural public water systems. Randy manages water, wastewater, roadway and ground/well water projects for municipalities, counties, and water and sewer districts, also assisting in sourcing funding for projects. In addition to project management and design, he also performs contract administration, overseeing construction projects and preparation of engineering plans, specifications, feasibility studies and preliminary engineering reports.

#North America#
Salim Kumar Narayanan

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

Salim Kumar Narayanan
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Industrial# #Leader# #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transportation#
Vancouver, British Columbia, 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.

#North America#
Liviu Birjega

Associate - Manager, Intelligent Systems
Pompano Beach, FL

Liviu Birjega
#Associate - Manager, Intelligent Systems# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Advanced Traffic Management System# #Transportation# #ATMS# ## #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Data Analytics# #Data Centre# #Commercial# #Office# ## #Design Build# #Mobile Technology# #Transportation# ## #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Ports# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# #Terminals# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Rail# #Transportation# ## #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Smart Cities# #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Pompano Beach, Florida, United States of America
www.linkedin.com/in/LiviuBirjega
Honesty and truth is the ultimate sophistication.

Liviu Birjega has over 17 years of extensive involvement in IBI Group – Intelligent Systems division and more than 27 years of experience working in software development, IT and academia. Mr. Birjega provides functional and technical expertise, strategies and leadership in the development of new IBI Group projects and enhancements of existing ones delivering results across multiple verticals and technology platforms to enterprise clients. Monitors technology trends that will impact products in the years to come and recommends suitable new technologies and standards to create strategic prioritization and add higher value to customers. A champion for product quality, specializes in systems architecture, design, development and integration, software development life cycle, user experience complex processes, business analysis and integration.

Jay Deshmukh

Associate - Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Jay Deshmukh
#Associate - Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Education# #School# ## #Healthcare# #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Strategic Planning#
Toronto, Ontario, North America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jayashri-jay-deshmukh-41aa1a4/
At a time when educational institutions are transforming in response to rapid socioeconomic change, design retains the powerful potential to shape campus environments that spark curiosity, enable innovation, build partnerships and foster lifelong learning.

An award-winning architect with over 20 years of experience, Jay is a recognized thought leader and design lead for institutional architecture of varied scales and typologies. She focuses on the design, strategic thinking and planning for higher education projects, and engages meaningfully with clients, stakeholders and consultants to define and implement the project’s vision through place-centric design. She has experience in both design and project management for master planning and urban design, in addition to architecture for new structures, additions and renovations of diverse scales and complexity.

In addition to education projects, Jay’s diverse portfolio includes complex and innovative projects for healthcare, civic and corporate clients in Canada and overseas. Her projects have won local and international design awards and been published extensively. She is an active participant in Toronto’s design community, guest-teaching at local design schools and currently serving on the Board of Trustees at the Textile Museum of Canada.

Myrna Norman

Business Manager
Houston, TX

Myrna Norman
#Business Manager# #All# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Strategic Planning#
Houston, Texas, North America

Ms. Norman joined IBI Group in 2000 and is the Business Manager of the firm. As a CPA, she honed her analytical and organizational skills through her work with doctors, lawyers and public accountants.

Myrna currently oversees business operations for IBI Group in Texas and Oregon and is responsible for managing and monitoring project-related finances. She also manages the day-to-day operations of the accounting department while working closely with the Principals to advance the firm’s strategic financial goals.

Brad Chase

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Brad Chase
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Brad Chase has over 17 years of extensive experience delivering all aspects of multi-storey residential projects. His experience ranges from concept design, design development, planning and marketing, through to delivery of contract documents and final project delivery. As a Project Lead, Brad is responsible for collaborating with the design team to establish and develop the best design and planning concept for the project. Over the past five years Brad has focused on low-rise, multi-unit residential projects specifically designed for an aging population. The building types that fall under this category are seniors apartments, independent living residences, long-term care facilities and memory care facilities.

#North America#
Scott Johnston

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Toronto West, ON

Scott Johnston
#Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Development Engineering# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ##
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

Scott Johnston is a transportation planner with six years of experience in project management, functional planning, travel demand modeling, and traffic engineering. He has expertise in the application of travel demand modeling software to evaluate roadway and public transit operations and improvement needs, as well as recent experience with micro-simulation of transportation corridors for EA purposes. Scott has been involved with various transportation related studies, including transit and roadway planning, master plans, survey design and methodology, analysis of data, and reporting.

#North America#
Ernie Webster

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Landscape Architecture
Calgary, AB

Ernie Webster
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Landscape Architecture# #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Green# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Industrial# #Landscape Architecture# #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Public Outreach# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Transportation#
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ernie-webster-07000931/

Ernie Webster is an accomplished designer with over 20 years project experience in the UK and Canada. He has been involved with several wide ranging and prestigious projects and his strengths lie in creating unique, interesting concepts and making them technically sound and constructible within a given budget. He has become known and respected as a well-organized project manager, playing a leading role on various multidisciplinary teams.

#North America#
Jeff Hackenbracht

Senior Project Manager
Westerville, OH

Jeff Hackenbracht
#Senior Project Manager# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Leader# #Project / Programme Management# #Transportation#
Westerville, Ohio, United States of America

Jeff Hackenbracht has a strong background in design, engineering and construction project management of roadway and bridge projects. He has successfully managed projects for several clients including ODOT, the City of Columbus, as well as the Delaware and Franklin County Engineers. His attention to detail comes from his in-depth knowledge of ODOT and city requirements. His communication throughout the project development process has earned him high praise from pleased clients. Numerous projects have included new roadway design, roadway widening and resurfacing, ADA compliance upgrades, bikeway design, bridge replacement and rehabilitation, pavement markings, design of new curbs, gutters, sidewalks, storm drainage, traffic signal upgrades, culvert extensions, ditches, grading, design of median barriers and lighting design.

John O. Reid

Independent Director

John O. Reid
#Independent Director# #All# #Board Member#
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Mr. Reid is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, with over 40 years’ experience. He was Audit Leader for KPMG LLP in the Greater Toronto Area from 2008 to 2014. He has extensive experience in auditing as well as the management of professional service organizations, and has experience in strategic planning, development and growth management in all business sectors and industries, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, technology and health care.

Mr. Reid is a founding member and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics, which supports physics research, training and outreach throughout the world. Mr. Reid served as chair of six hospital boards and two colleges across Canada. Mr. Reid received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

Steve Kuo

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Steve Kuo
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Steve Kuo holds a Master Degree in Architecture from Cornell University and has 25 years of experience in all stages of architectural process with particular focus in design development, technical planning, construction documentation and management during building phase with a specialization in mixed use and high-rise residential projects.

As Project Manager, he oversees production of working drawings, contract administration and leads consultant teams for Client/Owner representatives as well as directs an Internal staff of ten on various large scale projects including Maple Leaf Square and Air Canada Centre.

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