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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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Paul Bennett

Studio Associate
Dublin, Ireland

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Data / Operations Centre# #Engineering# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility Hub# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #Parking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Special Events# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Dublin, Ireland, Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulbennett999/

Paul Bennett joined IBI Group ten years ago after a long career as Field Services Director delivering Traffic Management, CCTV and Security operational contracts to Government and the Private Sector. Paul has also been assigned to a number of high profile projects which require design, procurement, delivery and optimisation of Operations Centres, ITS assets, stakeholder processes and integration of key systems. These projects bring together Paul’s technical, quality, commercial, and project management and business change capabilities.

Lou Bandiera

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto West, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Automotive# #Data / Operations Centre# #Design Build# #Industrial# #Interiors# #Light Rail Transit# #Maintenance Facilities# #Manufacturing# #Office# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Transit Facilities# #Warehouse & Distribution Centre#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada
www.linkedin.com/in/lou-bandiera-44970b25

Lou Bandiera has over 35 years of experience in the architectural field and has participated in a variety of transit, industrial, commercial and institutional projects. Lou has fulfilled a major role in carrying out building audits, feasibility studies, project management, production of working drawings and technical specifications, tender issuance and evaluation, building code review, project scheduling, construction site review, document coordination and obtaining approvals from government agencies and private sector clients. Lou is also a Certified Internal Auditor for the ISO 9001:2008 Quality System and manages the QMS training program for IBI Group’s Toronto West office. His primary responsibilities in the management of the staff in the Architectural, Specifications and Document Control groups, includes staff development, technical leadership, resource management and business development, as well as, peer review of all deliverables produced by the group.

Tony Gill

Global Director, P3 Buildings
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Detention Facilities# #Healthcare+# #Leader# #P3# #Senior Management# #Strategic Planning#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Tony Gill is Global Director, P3 Buildings. He is an architect and member of the Architectural Institute of BC, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, National Council of Architectural Registration Board, and the American Institute of Architects. He has extensive experience in the design and management of specialized institutional, high-tech facilities, protective services, and healthcare facilities. His focus has been on designing facilities with complex functional and building system requirements; in particular, he specializes in healthcare master planning, programming, medical planning, and strategic planning. He has managed facilities procured as design-bid-build, design-build, and design-bid-maintain-finance-operate (Public-Private Partnerships).

Tony has a Master of Science degree in architecture and urban design from Columbia University.

Jorge Arevalo

Associate | Manager, Electrical Engineering
Toronto West, ON

#english# #All# #Electrical Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Light Rail Transit# #Retail / Commercial# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

Jorge Arevalo has 25 years of experience in the aerospace and electrical consulting industries and has been involved in electrical specifications, schematic and detail design for all electrical building systems for commercial, industrial and government buildings. He develops projects with accuracy, efficiency and within time limits and ever responsive to client needs, Jorge is able to adjust design and find solutions to fit within budget constraints. For the last few years Jorge has been leading IBI Group?s electrical teams in the transit field including work at multiple TTC stations, Metrolinx layovers at Mimico and Lewis Road and the Metrolinx James Station in Hamilton. Most recently Jorge has led a ten-man electrical team for four stations on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project.

Cathryn Chopko-Beck

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Urban Design / Planning
Edmonton, AB

#english# #All# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Data Analytics# #Green# #Landscape Architecture# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Research & Development# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Cathryn Chopko Beck areas of expertise include landscape and urban design, land use planning, socio-economic analysis/market research, site planning, recreation and tourism planning, policy development and environmental planning.

James Gibson

Technical Lead
Toronto, ON

#english# #Active Transportation# #Civic & Government# #Energy# #Industrial# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Parks# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Smart Cities# #Solar# #Spatial Intelligence# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation# #Water / Wastewater# #Wind#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

James has over 10 years of experience applying GIS technology to solve problems in a wide variety of business sectors including land use planning, real estate & economic planning, municipal infrastructure, transportation, and renewable energy. As a Certified GIS Professional and Certified Planning Technician, James is able to combine his understanding of land use planning and land development with his knowledge of Geographic Information Systems to perform meaningful analysis and identify spatial patterns and trends. James has played a key role in numerous projects requiring land use analysis, development constraint analysis, master servicing plans, conceptual designs, transportation planning, asset management and inventories, site selection analysis, data management, data collection and manipulation, data visualization, and database design.

Serving as a Regional GIS Lead, James is also involved in a variety of global initiatives that aim to promote and increase IBI’s use of geospatial technology across the firm. These initiatives have helped to highlight the power of spatial analysis and demonstrate why GIS technology can and should be leveraged across all of IBI’s business sectors.

Graeme Scott

Director | UK Sector Lead, Intelligence
Glasgow, UK

#english# #All# #Data Analytics# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Leader# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #Project / Programme Management# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Engineering# #Transit Planning# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation Planning# #Traveller Information# #UK Regional#
Glasgow, United Kingdom, Europe

Graeme Scott is responsible for major ITS projects for the Scottish Government’s Transport Scotland agency, Ireland’s National Roads Authority, and the Hong Kong Transport Department. Graeme has extensive ITS expertise, and has provided strategic advice and management on research, studies, design, procurement, development, implementation, and operation of a wide range of ITS solutions. Graeme also has more than ten years of experience in coordinating and managing client input to major European Commission research initiatives.

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.

Jim Fox

Associate Director, Engineer
Southfield, MI

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Mechanical Engineering# #Operations & Maintenance# #Project / Programme Management#
Southfield, Michigan, United States of America

Jim Fox is responsible for the administration of corporate operations and projects. He manages the project organization, scheduling, scope definition, manpower planning, budgeting, expediting the various design disciplines, as well as monitoring their quality and progress. For selected projects, he serves as the upper level liaison with our client.

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.

Doug McLachlan

Associate, Architect
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Doug McLachlan’s professional experience includes project management, master planning, medical planning, and construction document production for various projects. As Project Manager for several master planning and renovation projects, he leads the coordination and production of indicative design drawings and output specifications, has involvement leading several user group meetings, and overseeing production of a facilities assessment report. Doug is also immersed in managing and producing schematic design drawings, working drawings, and specifications, as well as performing construction administration services.

Gianni Ria

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, High Rise Residential
Toronto, ON

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

Gianni Ria holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto and over the past 30 years, served as lead designer on a number of successful hospitality, residential and commercial projects. Gianni has Recent hospitality projects include the SOHO Metropolitan Hotel and Residences, a four star hotel in Toronto’s entertainment district, and the Hazelton Hotel and Residences in the Trendy Yorkville area of Toronto. Gianni’s work has been recognized through awards and publications.

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