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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 3,000 difference makers is IBI’s Leadership team, setting out a compelling vision and guiding IBI Group towards the future.

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Farnaz Abed

Associate Manager
Vancouver, B.C.

Farnaz Abed
#Associate Manager# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential#
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/farnaz-abed-b238947/
Farnaz Abed is an award-winning designer with over 22 years of experience, including 15 years in Canada. She has worked on a variety of large-scale architectural projects throughout Vancouver, BC and across both Canada and the Middle East. Her experience spans into creating and developing overall design concepts, design development, managing the team, and project coordination through different phases. Farnaz’ s focus is on large-scale residential and mixed-use buildings. Farnaz has expertise in designing functional and efficient buildings coupled to thoughtfully considered context and unique designs. This background results in her clients benefiting from her strategic mind and keen eye for detail, giving them an advantage in a rapidly changing market. Farnaz has a Master of architecture and planning. She is a former member of the royal architectural institute of Canada and the Iranian construction engineer’s organization. Honors and Exhibitions inlcude: Awarded four different architectural design in Middle East Over twelve solo and group water color exhibitions in Iran, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and Vancouver, Canada
#North America# #Pacific West#
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Doug Rodger

Studio Associate Director
Glasgow, UK

Doug Rodger
#Studio Associate Director# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Green# #Leader# #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Municipal Infrastructure# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #Parking# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Traffic Engineering# #Transportation# #Traffic Management# ## #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ## #UK Regional# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Glasgow, United Kingdom,
https://www.linkedin.com/in/douglas-rodger-74b8a516/
Doug Rodger has over 15 years of experience in the field of information and communication technology, with a specialization in international ITS consultancy and project management. He has developed and delivered a wide range of innovative technology and ITS solutions for a number of high profile clients, improving network monitoring and management, expanding and enhancing travel and traffic information and developing national policy. He has extensive knowledge of major ITS system fundamentals covering analysis, design, specification, procurement, development, implementation and operation. With a comprehensive technical background and excellent, communication and organisational skills he is experienced in effectively managing teams and is responsible for managing IBI Group’s consultants in Scotland. Doug holds a first class Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and is PRINCE2 accredited.
#United Kingdom#
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Chris Pickup

Studio Associate Director
Manchester, UK

Chris Pickup
#Studio Associate Director# #All# #Architecture# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Education# #School# ## #Healthcare# #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Master Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Research & Development# #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert# #UK Regional#
Manchester, United Kingdom,
https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-pickup-397373a0/
Chris has many years of experience across a broad spectrum of sectors at IBI Group, including education, healthcare, private housing, urban design, masterplanning and 3D visualisation. Chris has a role as leader, designer and deliverer of key projects within IBI Group, particularly education schemes, and is the studio sector lead for Schools in the UK. Chris has strong interests in the design process and currently leads the UK Design Excellence agenda, having been instrumental in establishing and maintaining a successful design review process at IBI Group. He is highly adept at communicating concepts and turning these ideas into a deliverable reality.
#United Kingdom#
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Filomena Monteiro

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

Filomena Monteiro
#Associate | Manager, Interior Design# #All# #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Filomena Monteiro has been practising Interior Design in Ontario for over 35 years. Her project experience spans a wide range of industries and has provided her with a deep understanding of corporate dynamics and the change process. Filomena is a consummate professional and manages the many aspects of a project with decisiveness and tact. Her ability to ask the right questions to gain an understanding of the organizations current and future needs results in innovative environments with built in flexibility for future change. She has a thorough grasp of new officing concepts and furniture applications that support the new ways of working.
#North America#
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David Paterson

Associate | Manager, Design Technology
Toronto, ON

David Paterson
#Associate | Manager, Design Technology# #All# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Design Technology# #Education# #School# ## #Energy# #Green# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Industrial# #Information & Communications Technology# #ICT# ## #Landmark Events# #Special Events# ## #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #P3# #Parking# #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Placemaking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Research & Development# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Spiritual Places# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Church# ## #Stadium / Athletic Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Transportation# #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ## #Visualization# #BIM & 3D Visualization# ## #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-paterson-14567083/
David Paterson is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Toronto visualization group aiming to produce 3D conceptual design models, high quality 3D renders, animations and virtual reality allowing our clients to easily envision their finished projects. His efforts extend beyond Toronto to engage and collaborate globally, connecting a network of over 50 visualization specialists scattered across IBI Group offices. David’s focus remains on all aspects of a project’s lifecycle, bringing these solutions to file whether for proposals, detail design coordination, or the visualization of completed projects.
#North America#
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David Hastings

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

David Hastings
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
David Hastings has been practicing architecture in Ontario for over 30 years. He is responsible for IBI Group’s architecture and interior design practice in the Greater Toronto Area, providing overall direction and day-to-day leadership on selected major architectural and urban planning assignments that involve the integration of the diverse areas of practice. David’s projects have gained a significant reputation for high-quality design and responsible execution, and have been recognized in several international design journals. He is a recipient of the Governor General’s Medal for Architecture in Canada.
#North America#
Amer Obeid

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Amer Obeid
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Amer has over 20 years of experience in architectural design and construction for various building typologies. He has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Engineering from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary. Following graduation, Amer worked in the United Arab Emirates as a member of the government architectural and engineering staff with responsibilities that developed from design review and detailing to complete design and construction supervision for numerous projects, including major public, residential and industrial developments. He joined IBI’s transit architecture group in early 2001 to 2005 and continued his architectural career in Verona Italy for several years prior to rejoining IBI Group in 2009. Amer has participated in various transit projects from conceptual design and construction documentation through to the completion of construction. These projects include the TTC Eglinton Bus Station, the GTAA Automated People Mover Stations and the Finch West Subway Station. Amer is currently leading the architectural design detailing and construction document production for the new 11 km NTA Red Line LRT project in Tel Aviv.
#North America#
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Oliver Hartleben

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Placemaking
Vancouver, BC

Oliver Hartleben
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Placemaking# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# ## #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Land Use Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Library# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Master Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Research & Development# #sAVe App# #Strategic Planning# #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Transit Planning# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ##
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
http://linkedin.com/in/ohartleben
Oliver Hartleben is a city planner with a public administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School focused on existing and evolving public outreach, demographic, mobility, built form, and innovation topics. A lateral thinker by nature, Oliver brings together his experience in engaging public, private and community stakeholders for the identification of new opportunities and synergies. Oliver is NCI System-certified to facilitate design charettes, has experience in conducting online engagement processes, and leads IBI Group’s R&D Unit, TH!NK.
#North America#
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Billy Shum

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Markham, ON

Billy Shum
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Engineering# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Operations# #Subject Matter Expert# #Traffic Engineering# #Transportation# #Traffic Management# ## #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ##
Markham, Ontario, Canada
Billy Shum has over 15 years of combined experience in Traffic Engineering and ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems. He has directly carried out or been in charge of Traffic Signal Design, Operations, and Planning activities for roadway projects, in both Canada and USA. Billy has been the Traffic/Electrical Lead for multiple LRT/BRT projects and arterial widening projects including: Eglinton Crosstown LRT and Tunneling; York Region vivaNext BRT; Mississauga GO BRT; and City of Edmonton Valley Line LRT. Billy is a professional engineer with the Professional Engineers Ontario, a California/Ohio licensed professional Civil and Traffic engineer, and a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. He received his ISO 9001:2008 QMS Lead Auditor Certificate from International Register of Certificated Auditors, and for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.
#North America#
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Terry Ruszczak

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Contract Administration
Toronto, ON

Terry Ruszczak
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Contract Administration# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Terry Ruszczak is a dedicated, results-oriented, energetic and creative Architectural Technologist, with 35 years of experience in contract administration/field inspection, with an emphasis on project management and leadership. He directs the drafting team for working drawings, tendering, shop drawing review and monitored/inspected the project on-site as liaison between the client, consultants and contractors. He is commended for his communication with multiple stakeholders in the implementation of designs into construction documents. Comprehensive knowledge of building science principles, construction methods and techniques and his understanding of zoning by-laws allow for Terry’s unique and creative ability to execute accurate working drawings for building permit application and construction maintaining the highest levels of Life Safety.
#North America#
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Tony Wai

Associate, Architectural Graduate
Vancouver, BC

Tony Wai
#Associate, Architectural Graduate# #All# #Architecture# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Residential#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Tony Wai has over ten years of experience working on award-winning projects built in cities across Canada. In his studies, he received a Master of Architecture degree at the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Architectural and Visual Studies at the University of Toronto. He specializes in designing functional and efficient buildings, while challenging architectural standards to ensure that each project is unique and conceived through reason and dialog with the context. Tony designs buildings that address issues at the urban, building, and human scale. His portfolio is rich with different building types from award-winning single family homes to residential high-rises, offices, city halls, hospitals, museums, and community centres.
#North America#
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Nihit Jain

Associate - Manager, Transit Data
Boston, MA

Nihit Jain
#Associate - Manager, Transit Data# #Advanced Traffic Management System# #Transportation# #ATMS# ## #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Data Analytics# #Data Centre# #Commercial# #Office# ## #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mobile Technology# #Transportation# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Operations# #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Rail# #Transportation# ## #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Smart Cities# #Strategic Planning# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Planning# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nihit-jain-06534018/
Nihit is an Associate with IBI Group, and specializes in the planning, design, implementation, testing, and use of technology and data systems in the mobility space. Over the last 10 years, he has worked on a mix of public transportation, highway, traffic, and municipal system projects. He brings a deep understanding of the challenges agencies have in designing, installing, operating, and maintaining transportation technology systems, and how they are used by different stakeholders across multiple modes. Nihit is managing IBI Group’s work for Tampa HART Transit Technology Support, Sound Transit’s APC Systems Consulting Research Services, Westchester County Transportation’s Radio Migration. Nihit has also acted in a project management or technical capacity for various agencies across the US, including CTDOT/CTTransit, Ithaca TCAT, MassDOT/MBTA, and Penn Turnpike Authority. Nihit has also presented in various APTA conferences across the US on demand response transportation, fare collection, and transit technology and serves on the Board of the Philadelphia chapter of the Young Professionals in Transportation group.
#North America# #Northeast#