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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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Grace Gao

Associate | Manager, Urban Design
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Green# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility+# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Grace Gao has over 16 years of multidisciplinary experience in urban design, planning and architecture. Her approach to urban planning strives to create healthy, meaningful, balanced and connected communities in a sustainable framework. Grace contributes to a broad range of local and global projects including: urban design and place making; mixed use master planning; TOD neighbourhood development; open space and streetscape, and sports events, on behalf of private, public and institutional sector clients.Her architectural and planning background combined with extensive work experience in a landscape architectural firm have strengthened a comprehensive academic knowledge and a keen sense of scales/ coordination for various type developments. Her effective project management skills, team collaborative spirit, multitasking efficiency and creative design capabilities, are a constant asset to her projects and teams.

Brad Hughes

Sr. Associate Principal | Education, Buildings
Houston, TX

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Retail / Commercial#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

Brad Hughes is a Registered Architect with 30 years of experience in institutional, commercial and educational projects. He is responsible for the complete delivery of the project and has provided design, planning and construction management for hundreds of projects ranging from new facilities, additions, renovations, and historic preservation. His experience affords a comprehensive approach to problem solving and quality service to clients and he excels in the delivery of projects with tight constraints and budgets.

Gwyn Vose

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Leader# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Residential#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Gwyn Vose has over 15 years of experience and has led projects in Canada, Hong Kong, and the Middle East. He is an exceptionally creative designer who has a number of award-winning contemporary buildings to his credit. He specializes in mixed-use residential buildings and thrives on the opportunities presented in “conversion” projects. Gwyn’s work spans a wide range of typologies, but focuses primarily on multi-family residential and mixed-use projects, which range in scale from duplex houses to over 500 ft tall towers. Notable examples of his local projects include: Harbour Green Three, One Burrard Place, 564 Beatty Street, The Spot, Opsal & Sitka.

Dave Barrett

Associate | Manager, Planning
Waterloo, ON

#english# #Environmental Assessment# #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design#
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Dave Barrett has over 15 years of land use planning and development experience. He has extensive experience in aggregate site planning and licensing and processes related to aggregate applications, including work for a number of clients ranging from smaller individual producers to the top aggregate producers in Ontario.

As Manager of Aggregate Planning, Dave provides project management and planning evaluations for pit and quarry applications under the Aggregate Resources Act. Dave also provides urban and regional planning, analysis, and research support for all aspects of the IBI’s activities. He has experience in providing planning consulting services to municipalities and private sector clients, resource planning, and licensing. He is also experienced in obtaining development approvals, Environmental Assessments for waste management projects, Class Environmental Assessments, and other environmental approvals. He has provided expert evidence before the Ontario Municipal Board.

Dave is a Registered Professional Planner and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

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.

Kelly Cobbe

Director | Office Lead
Waterloo, ON

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Bridges# #Brownfield Development# #Civil Engineering# #Design Build# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Highway / Road Design# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Municipal Services# #Office Lead# #P3# #Parking# #Roads & Highways# #Transportation Engineering# #Water / Wastewater#
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-cobbe-8917a418/

Kelly Cobbe has provided engineering design, construction administration and project management services to various local municipalities, regional municipalities and provincial and federal government agencies in Eastern and Southwestern Ontario for 30 years. Leveraging a number of IBI’s core strengths, he has undertaken infrastructure and urban streetscape revitalization projects in the downtown cores of a number of municipalities in Waterloo Region. Past efforts have also included leading the civil design efforts during the preparation of the Waterloo LRT Bid and managing a portion of the Viva H3 BRT project.
In addition to his Professional Engineer licensing in Ontario and Manitoba, Kelly was designated as a Consulting Engineer by Professional Engineers of Ontario in 2004. He is a founding member and current past-chair of the Grand River Chapter of Consulting Engineers of Ontario, an active member of the Waterloo Region Homebuilder Association Waterloo Liaison Committee, and a past member of the KW Chamber of Commerce Regional and Municipal Affairs Committee.

Audrey Jacob

Deputy Regional Director, Canada East
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Leader# #Mixed Use# #Office Lead# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Senior Management#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The beauty of IBI Group is that I can easily tap into relevant, top-notch expertise to add value to the work I do for clients.

As Deputy Regional Director of Canada East, Audrey Jacob is responsible for the financial performance of the IBI Group Toronto office and works with her Regional colleagues to ensure effective teaming and collaboration, liaising with the Canada East practice leaders. Audrey is a Registered Professional Planner, a Professional Land Economist with more than 25 years of experience. She leads the firm’s Real Estate Economic & Planning practice specializing in growth management/land needs, market analysis, development/financial feasibility/strategy, economic impact, development charges, and municipal financial impact analysis. Audrey has a BA in Geography from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Urban Planning from McGill University and a member of Pragma Council (University of Waterloo), Lambda Alpha, and the Urban Land Institute.

Ben Lee

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Planning
Calgary, AB

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Development Engineering# #Green# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Research & Development#
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Ben Lee specializes in Urban Design and Placemaking. His unique experience encompasses a broad range of projects including sustainable land development strategies, policy and market research, community development, urban design and public consultation. Ben has been the Project Manager for many complex research and development assignments on behalf of governments and private sector clients across Alberta and Canada.

Val Vanchieri

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Alexandria, VA

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Courts# #Interiors# #Policy & Design Guidelines#
Alexandria, Virginia, United States of America

Val Vanchieri has been responsible for a significant body of work for the District of Columbia Courts. She developed the overarching concepts and schematic designs for many of the District of Columbia Courts projects. Over a period of more than 12 years, she has been responsible for numerous studies, comprehensive reports and high-level client interaction that have set the direction for ongoing work at the District of Columbia Courts.

She has an extensive background in feasibility studies; master planning; ; space planning; design intent documents; contract documents; furniture selection and procurement; punch-list inspections of furniture and final move coordination.

Calin Caliman

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Calin Caliman is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and Royal Architectural Institute of Canada with over 20 years of experience as an architect, and over 15 years of experience specifically in the high-rise residential and commercial sector. His involvement on a number of high-profile projects, such as L’Avenue in Montreal, King Blue Condos and Dundas Square Gardens in Toronto, has honed his skills both in design and contract documentation.

Lauren Macaulay

Associate, Architect
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Lauren Macaulay is an Architect with more than a decade of experience in the design and construction of residential, mixed-use and institutional projects. She has led projects in a wide range of architectural services including master planning, new construction, renovations and sustainability consulting. She is an effective project manager who can guide a team through all stages of the project, from schematic design through construction to occupancy. Lauren is a LEED AP experienced with the LEED BD+C, ND and EBOM rating systems. Notable examples of her local projects include: Pearson Dogwood, Binning Tower, Trapp and Holbrook, Maddox and West Pender Place.

Pip Burrows

Interior Designer
Brighton, UK

#english# #Acute Care# #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Mental Health Care# #Oncology# #Pediatrics# #Project / Programme Management# #Seniors Communities# #UK Regional# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Brighton, United Kingdom, Europe

Pip Burrows is an interior designer, tasked with supporting the wider IBI Group interiors team, and working principally in the healthcare, science and education sectors. He consistently strives to create environments that inspire wellbeing across multiple sectors and takes a people focused approach to any scheme. He has taken a keen interest in healthcare design and is continually applying his design skills to aid in the production of high quality schemes. Pip has evolved a skill set well adapted to producing captivating visualisations and accurate technical detailing. He is also familiar with the associated challenges presented throughout a project and is capable of responding to these with innovative solutions.

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