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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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Elvin Karpovich

Director, Planning and Landscape Architecture
Calgary, AB

#english# #All# #Architectural Controls# #Civic & Government# #Development Engineering# #Land Use Planning# #Landscape Architecture# #Leader# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines#
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Elvin Karpovich leads the IBI Group landscape design practice in Calgary, and oversees the administration of architectural design guidelines for approximately 18 communities across Calgary. He has assembled a diverse list of projects over his 20 years of experience, including land use planning, land design, urban design, urban landscape architectural design, and land development policies, guidelines, and standards. His project experience includes working with the federal, provincial, and municipal governments, the land development industry, and private corporations.

Chuck Beamish

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #Active Transportation# #Airports# #All# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Green# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Operations & Maintenance# #Parking# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Subject Matter Expert# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Chuck Beamish has been the architect in charge of several transportation, healthcare, institutional and office building construction projects across Ontario. He has overseen the production of the majority of these facilities from schematic design through to the completion of construction.

As a result of his unique educational background, blending business management with architectural design, he has been able to play key roles in the development and production of capital planning models, facility audits, and feasibility and prohibitive cost studies for a variety of the following projects.
Along with strongly developed design skills, Chuck is known to lead a project through his ability to work within a team and to consensus build with clients, contractors, consultants and professional staff.

Andrew Browne

Urban Planner
Vancouver, BC

#english# #Active Transportation# #Brownfield Development# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #High Rise Residential# #Innovation Districts# #Land Use Planning# #Light Rail Transit# #Living+# #Master Planning# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Office# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Retail / Commercial# #Strategic Planning# #Transit Planning#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewbrownebc/

Andrew is an Associate, urban planner, and project manager with the Vancouver office’s master planning practice and manages the transit oriented development (TOD) practice in Canada West – including IBI Group’s TOD Planning for Calgary’s Green Line LRT. His current projects include over 3M sq ft of development in Metro Vancouver. Over ten years – eight of which were in the public-sector – he has built a comprehensive background in development planning, urban design, strategy, and public engagement. Andrew is a licensed Urban Planner (MCIP, RPP), and graduated from the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning, Simon Fraser University’s Urban Design program, and most recently the University of British Columbia’s Urban Land Economics (DULE) program.

Claudia Stodt

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

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

Claudia Stodt is a Senior Designer with 20 years of experience specializing in high-rise residential and hospitality projects. Her experience in a wide range of high-profile projects, such as The Ritz Carlton Hotel, The Delta Hotel and The Rose Theatre in Brampton, has enabled her to work effectively in all aspects of design during the project documentation phase. Claudia is a highly organized individual with an innate ability to manage client and consultant relationships. Her work features all aspects of design, design development, site plan applications and dealings with various municipalities.

Graham Harris

Studio Principal
London, UK

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Healthcare+# #Living+# #Office Lead# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom, Europe

Graham Harris is an experienced architect and project director and has taken an active involvement in driving IBI Group?s design processes, ensuring heightened standards in architectural output and efficient working methods, including BIM & 3D Visualisation. Skilled at delivering all aspects of a project, he is particularly strong at executing innovative stakeholder consultation processes. He places collaborative working as the focus of his leadership, winning awards for outstanding team delivery and high client satisfaction.

In healthcare, he works alongside clients to transform their ‘model of care’ into an efficient and therapeutic healing environment, ensuing overall cost savings and improving service delivery. Graham is highly competent at meeting the design challenges posed by complex refurbishment works within a live hospital environment. His experience includes the development of complicated phasing plans to meet both clinical and construction requirements. With a rich background in healthcare design, Graham is very aware of Trust requirements, ensuring solutions address future flexibility, energy efficiency and most importantly reduced infection rates by introducing innovations such as the IBI Group ‘cruciform ward’.

In education, Graham has been exposed to a number of Government initiatives, including Building Schools for the Future and the Primary Capital programme. He has hands-on experience of the tight parameters specified by these schemes, responding with holistic solutions to safeguard design quality and exceed clients’ ‘value for money’ expectations.

Paul Lavallee

Director | US Sector Lead, Intelligence
Seattle, WA

#english# #All# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #Project / Programme Management# #Senior Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Engineering# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering#
Seattle, Washington, United States of America

As the US Sector Lead, Intelligence, Paul Lavallee is responsible for overseeing the strategy, growth and development of the company’s new and existing business for IBI Group’s intelligence practice across the US, working closely with Carl-Henry Piel, James Barbosa, and Ritesh Warade who lead the services, solutions and operations subsectors respectively. Bringing over 30 years of experience as part of IBI Group’s intelligence practice, he has helped organizations at all levels effectively integrate technology into city planning, design and operation, and transform how business is conducted today. He is internationally recognized as a transit technology and revenue collection system specialist with specific expertise in bringing together multi-stakeholder teams and delivering high-profile projects.

Paul is a licensed Professional Engineer currently working with thought leaders to help integrate technology into the daily fabric of people’s lives. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ashish Ghate

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Urban Design / Planning
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Green# #Living+# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development# #Water Resources Management#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashish-ghate-3a48441a/

With a background in Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Ashish Ghate brings a keen eye for good urban form and the complexities of city building to his role as a project manager and urban designer/planner. Ashish has worked on a variety of master planning and site planning projects based in North, Central and South America, Middle East, Eastern Europe, and India.

His experience includes all aspects of project development and spans multiple scales ranging from regional plans, master plans, transit-oriented-design, streetscape master plans, urban intensification projects and guidelines focusing on policy as well as detailed design standards. Ashish’s impressive portfolio includes a number projects focused on the importance of urban design and the balance between functional and aesthetic concerns of a project. Whereas his architectural background brings a solid building typology and infrastructure knowledge base to his work.

Mitch Altier

Associate | Manager, Water Resources Engineering
New Lexington, OH

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Municipal Services# #Roads & Highways# #Water / Wastewater# #Water Resources Management#
New Lexington, Ohio, United States of America

Mitch Altier is responsible for handling water, wastewater, street, and ground/well water projects for local municipalities, counties, and water and sewer districts in New Lexington. As such, he also helps locate funding sources for various communities. His knowledge and skills allow him to successfully lead the municipal engineering team in the New Lexington Office. His specialization extends across all aspects of water and wastewater design. This expertise, coupled with Mitch’s working relationships and communication style, prove valuable when acting as a liaison to project stakeholders.

Steven Thesier

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Binghamton, NY

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead#
Binghamton, New York, United States of America

Steven Thesier has more than 26 years of experience with areas of specialty that include project management and project design for new construction and renovations, educational facilities planning, referendum planning for educational facilities, NYSED coordination on school projects, and NYS OGS project development and execution.

Joseph Geroux

Associate Director | Manager, Architecture
Salt Lake City, UT

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Education# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Policy & Design Guidelines#
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Joseph Geroux has a wide range of experience from large scale civic and campus master planning, to Olympic operations and venue management planning. He is familiar with public policy and has worked as a liaison between clients and various public agencies at multiple levels.

Adam Haimour

Associate | Manager, Civil Engineering
Calgary, AB

#english# #All# #Civil Engineering# #Development Engineering# #Engineering#
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Sol Wassermuhl

Director
Toronto, ON

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

Sol Wassermuhl has been a pivotal figure in the Toronto architecture community and has served international clients, with projects in Canada, China, Russia and USA. Sol is a member of the Toronto Society of Architects and the Ontario Association of Architects, and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

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