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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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Ola Ferm

Associate Director | Office Lead, Raleigh
Raleigh, NC

#english# #Architecture# #Automotive# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Education# #Fire Stations# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Higher Education# #Industrial# #K-12 Education# #Land Use Planning# #Learning+# #Maintenance Facilities# #Master Planning# #Mobility+# #Office# #Operations & Maintenance# #Parks# #Planning & Urban Design#
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

Ola is the Office Lead for the Raleigh, NC office. As an architect, he is leading the way in growing IBI Group in commercial, transit and educational based projects, and helping grow our footprint in the region, and along the west coast. Ola has been practicing architecture and building client relationships for 25 years.

Brad Chase

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Seniors Communities# #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.

Dusica Pavlovic

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dusica Pavlovic holds a Master Degree in Architecture from Sarajevo and has over 30 years of experience including design work in hospitality buildings, long term care facilities, institutional and mixed-use residential buildings. Her involvement on a number of high profile projects such as Riverhouse at the Old Mill, Hazelton Lane and 355 King Street West has developed her relationships with long standing clients over the years. On such projects, she was responsible for the schematic design, design development of the projects to final working drawings for construction purposes, including all the required coordination with clients, consultants and contractors.

Sanjay Patel

Product Lead | Water Optimization Solutions
Alexandria, VA

#english# #Energy# #Operations & Maintenance# #product_BlueiQ# #Software Development# #Water Resources Management#
Alexandria, Virginia, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanjay-patel-12977950/

Sanjay Patel is the Product Lead for IBI Group’s water optimization solutions with 13 years of experience in optimization algorithms and techniques combined with simulation modeling platforms. Sanjay’s expertise includes data management for water utilities ranging from collection through to visualization output, as well as an extensive background in a variety of databases through schema, analysis, data retrieval, security and SQL. He also has strong programming skills in several languages. The optimization software that IBI Group has developed is a real-time tool assisting in operating the existing water distribution assets more efficiently, reducing energy consumption and costs.

Daniel Whelan

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Binghamton, NY

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Spiritual Places# #Subject Matter Expert#
Binghamton, New York, United States of America

Daniel Whelan has more than 30 years of experience with particular areas of specialty that include architecture, project management and master planning for commercial projects, housing developments, K-12 schools, colleges/universities, banks and credit unions, and religious facilities.

Eric Czerniak

Associate | Manager, Buildings Projects
Toronto West, ON

#english# #All# #Design Build# #Energy# #Engineering# #Industrial# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Transit Facilities#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

Eric Czerniak has over 20 years of experience in design and project management serving both public and private sector clients. His expertise spans the transit, industrial, commercial, energy and land development sectors. Eric has been involved in all aspects of project development, from the feasibility study phase through to preparation of technical documentation including design drawings and specifications; permitting, licensing and approvals; tendering and award; contract administration; testing and commissioning and project close-out. He is experienced in leading teams representing IBI Group as the owner’s engineer and architect which includes preparing the terms of reference; being the client’s technical advisor and representing different clients in the procurement and award of design and construction contracts. Eric is a team player and an effective communicator having managed multidisciplinary teams on projects delivered under different delivery methods including design-bid-build; design-build and AFP/P3. Eric is also a volunteer with the Professional Engineers Ontario, serving on a professional standards sub-committee for joint coordinating professionals.

Tom Bacus, PE

Director | US Sector Lead, Infrastructure
Salt Lake City, UT

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Green# #Highway / Road Design# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Maintenance Facilities# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Municipal Services# #Office Lead# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Rail# #Resorts# #Senior Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation#
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tombacus/

Tom Bacus, office lead for both the Salt Lake City and Denver offices, brings over 20 years of experience in planning and civil engineering to the IBI team. During his career, he has successfully delivered numerous projects including work on tech campuses, large planned communities and light rail transit projects. His experience includes project work in transit corridors, transit oriented development, integrated water systems, streetscape design, parks, open space and trail design, site civil design, utility infrastructure, development entitlements, permitting, cost estimating and feasibility analysis.

In addition to planning and design work, Tom has done significant public policy work around transit and sustainability, including the development of green infrastructure standards for the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), regional air quality guidelines at the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, transit funding initiatives in Dallas, Denver and Salt Lake City, implementation of regional bike sharing in Salt Lake City, and public/private/NGO coalition building around air quality and smart growth initiatives.

Rod Sieker

Director | Office Lead
Calgary, AB

#english# #All# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Leader# #Municipal Services# #Office Lead# #Project / Programme Management#
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Rod Sieker is a professional engineer with over 20 years of experience in municipal engineering. He specializes in land development, including residential, commercial, and industrial projects, and has provided preliminary and detailed engineering design, site planning, project management and contract administration, and construction supervision. He has also completed site servicing assessments addressing sanitary, stormwater, potable water supply, and transportation requirements for greenfield developments and redevelopment projects.

Robyn Brown

Associate | Manager, Planning
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Planning & Urban Design# #Research & Development#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Robyn Brown is a key figure in the Toronto office Real Estate, Economics & Planning team. As a dedicated professional, her project work is geared to giving her clients the best advice possible. Her work transcends a broad spectrum of real estate advice, including highest and best-use studies/disposition strategies; economic development strategies; growth management; market studies; feasibility studies; community services and facilities studies; economic impact analysis; demographic analysis and related skills. She is involved in a wide range of external organizations, including the Urban Land Institute (including their Women’s Leadership Initiative and Mentorship Committee), TCREW, BILD and s. She has proven to be an excellent and effective IBI Group ambassador. Robyn is the ultimate team player, inspiring and pushing s to think creatively and proactively.

Neena Soans

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems
Pompano Beach, FL

#english# #All# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technology# #Transportation#
Pompano Beach, Florida, United States of America

Neena Soans PMP has 15 years of systems and software engineering experience and has been exposed to all facets of the specification, design and implementation of various systems and applications during that timeframe. This includes ITS, Tolling Systems, Communications Systems, Intelligent Building Technology Systems and Security Systems. Neena has extensive experience with the development of functional and performance specifications, and the development, maintenance and support of complex software systems.

Mike Richardson

Studio Director
Manchester, UK

#english# #Acute Care# #Ambulatory Care# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Courts# #Design Build# #Detention Facilities# #Education# #Fire Stations# #Healthcare# #Healthcare+# #Interiors# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Leader# #Living+# #Mental Health Care# #Office# #Oncology# #Police Stations# #Project / Programme Management# #UK Regional#
Manchester, United Kingdom, Europe

Mike Richardson is the Global Quality Management Steering Committee Chair, Justice Sector Lead and has responsibility for both QM and Health & Safety within the UK & Ireland.


With over 29 years of experience, Mike has developed an acknowledged reputation for high quality, award winning innovative design solutions. Mike has experience developing complex bespoke briefs with Government Departments, clients and stakeholders. He has senior responsibility and specializes in the design and delivery of multi faceted projects including a diverse range of secure, blue light, healthcare, and education building types throughout the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands.

Visweswara Rao Gantasala

Associate Director | Senior General Manager
Hyderabad, India

#english# #Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS)# #Data Analytics# #Mobile Technology# #Mobility+# #Smart Cities# #Software Development# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
Hyderabad, India, Asia
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gantasala/
"The biggest strength of IBI is its philosophy of looking at the cities from the dimension of a citizen while working for the betterment of the cities.”

Visweswara joined IBI Group as a Transportation Systems Engineer in the year 2007 after graduating from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB). As one of the first few hires of IBI India, he has started his career working on toll and HTMS implementation projects for highways. He was involved from the inception of the Indore BRT ITS implementation project (the firm’s first World Bank project in India), which subsequently helped the firm in securing a stream of contracts from The World Bank. In the recent times, he is working on the Hyderabad Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS) Project. Visweswara has been instrumental in building the software development practice in India and is currently working as the Product Manager for the IBI’s Smart City Platform and is also responsible for developing various Urban ITS Software solutions for IBI. He is also the office lead for our Hyderabad office.

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