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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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Phil Beinhaker

Director
Tel Aviv, Israel

#english# #Airports# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Leader# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Stadium / Athletic Facilities# #Transportation#
Tel Aviv, Israel

Phil Beinhaker founded IBI Group in 1974 and continues to specialize in several areas of consulting activity, including urban design and development, building design, project management, land development, and policy development for land, housing, and transportation. He has been involved, domestically and internationally, in major projects that have included the development of urban hospitals, airports, transit systems, high-rise complexes, and a professional sports complex.

Jennifer Ujimoto

Associate | US Transit Design Lead, Buildings
New York, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
New York, USA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferujimoto/

Jennifer Ujimoto has over 15 years of experience, over which she has crafted her understanding of project administration from pre-design analysis and through design development phases and both in-office and on-site aspects of contract administration. She is thoroughly familiar with building and development approvals processes and has an understanding of the complexities of the municipal project procurement environment.

As a designer, Jennifer has a keen understanding of the collaborative process that is essential to the practice of architecture. Her ability to communicate effectively with clients, consultants, and contractors has made her a valuable key team member on projects situated within complex and challenging social and physical constraints.

She brings a deep commitment to design excellence on all levels including conceptual, technical and social parameters. Her multidisciplinary experience, includes award-winning high-end residential design, exhibit design, curatorial work, academic writing and teaching, demonstrating her ability to implement rigorous design, project management and construction standards.

David Thom

President
Vancouver, Canada

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Board Member# #Senior Management#
Vancouver, Canada

As the President of IBI Group and member of the Board of Directors, David Thom is responsible for providing executive leadership to the company with a particular focus on managing and leading the firm’s multidisciplinary teams of professionals. He specializes in the planning and design of complex projects that integrate planning, architecture, and transportation. He has had senior responsibility for many major urban development projects across Canada, in the USA and internationally including public/private partnerships and private finance initiatives.

David joined the firm in 1975 after graduating from the architecture program at the University of Toronto, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Diane Phillips

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Ottawa, Canada

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Environmental Assessment# #Leader# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert#
Ottawa, Canada

Diane Phillips is responsible for architectural projects in the Ottawa practice, and is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Through her architectural, project management, and leadership skills, Diane quickly and accurately grasps her clients’ visions. With over 30 years of practicing architecture in Ontario, Diane has been responsible for the project management, design, contract documents, and contract administration for a wide range of award-winning and published projects.

Jim Moffatt

Associate | Manager, Land Engineering
Ottawa, Canada

#english# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Municipal Services# #Roads & Highways# #Water / Wastewater# #Water Resources Management#
Ottawa, Canada

Jim Moffatt has a broad based urban land and municipal engineering experience with specific emphasis on greenfield development and urban rehabilitation and renewal. His broader experience includes management of municipal projects in both St. John’s and Ottawa, including three major Neighbourhood Improvement Projects in St. John?s, encompassing all aspects of urban renewal and numerous integrated road, water and sewer projects in Ottawa. Jim is ultimately responsible for all municipal projects carried out in Ottawa and manages the multidisciplinary teams in the design and construction of sewage pumping stations. He is currently the project manager on a major urban land development covering 500 hectares being responsible for all designs, approvals, construction administration and acceptances for a major multi use development in Ottawa.

Jeff Christianson

Studio Principal
Vancouver, Canada

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Resorts#
Vancouver, Canada

Jeff Christianson is a Project Architect with more than 25 years of experience in the design and construction administration of multi-family residential, hotel, and mixed-use projects in Vancouver. He has been involved in all aspects of project development with emphasis on design development through project completion. With over 20 towers completed, he is an experienced Project Leader with expertise in design, design development, working drawings, and construction administration. Recent projects include several high-rise developments for Concord Pacific Place.

David Sisco

Associate, Planner
Waterloo, Canada

#english# #All# #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Water Resources Management#
Waterloo, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-sisco-69a18196/

David Sisco’s specializes in land use planning projects, involving large developments encompassing sites 500+ acres to single severances as well as residential, recreational, and commercial developments. He is experienced in the coordination of resource management development projects for both the private sector and government bodies, with specialized expertise in post-extraction rehabilitation techniques. His notable works also include the design and management of provincial and community resource and policy-based studies.

Peter Boccia

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Alexandria, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Courts# #Interiors# #Project / Programme Management# #Retail / Commercial# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Alexandria, USA

As a registered architect, Peter Boccia has over 30 years of professional experience. He has actively participated on a wide range of projects and building types, with an aggregate area in excess of three million sq ft of commercial space. Because of his extensive knowledge of model building codes, he is responsible for all code research and compliance.

He is also fully conversant in modern construction materials and methods as well as with best practices in sustainable design. In instances where the size of a project may dictate a more streamlined management approach, Peter has assumed dual role as Project Manager/Project Architect for projects such as the John A. Wilson Building, Washington, District of Columbia; the District of Columbia Courts Master Plan and One Judiciary Square, Washington, DC.

John Ariens

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Planning
Hamilton, Canada

#english# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# #Municipal Services# #Planning & Urban Design# #Subject Matter Expert# #Water Resources Management#
Hamilton, Canada

John Ariens is independently responsible for representing the interests of development clients, both public and private, through the planning and development process for the Hamilton office. He coordinates all aspects of the development process starting at the initial design through municipal approval to engineering design, registration and construction. John is responsible for negotiations and liaison with the various levels of government and technical review agencies as well as coordinating the efforts of professionals, such as lawyers, engineers, and surveyors. This area of practice has brought John before many Municipal and Regional Committees and Councils, Conservation Authorities, Niagara Escarpment Commission and the Ontario Municipal Board as an expert witness.

Derek Sims

Global Lead, Intelligence
Toronto, Canada

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Leader# #Revenue / Tolling# #Senior Management# #Systems# #Traffic Management# #Transit Management# #Transit Technologies# #Traveller Information#
Toronto, Canada

Derek Sims is the Global Director, Intelligence. He is a Civil Engineer and member of Professional Engineers Ontario, the Transportation Research Board, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Derek is a recognized expert in ITS and has directed a wide variety of projects including Advanced Traffic Management Systems, Advanced traveller information Systems, Commercial Vehicle Operation systems, and revenue management systems. Derek has Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Applied Science from the University of Toronto.

David McKenna

Studio Associate Director
Liverpool, UK

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Civic & Government# #Green# #Healthcare+# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Higher Education# #Landscape Architecture# #Living+# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Roads & Highways# #Spiritual Places# #Strategic Planning# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #UK Regional#
Liverpool, United Kingdom
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-mckenna-06485522/
Designing streets and spaces for people whilst accommodating traffic.

David McKenna has over 25 years of experience with the added bonus of dual-qualifications as both a Chartered Landscape Architect and Chartered Engineer. This knowledge and accreditation has enabled David to take a creative, yet practical approach to design and to communicate effectively with professionals.
David is considered a subject matter expert on the IBI landscape team and has particular experience in designing streets and spaces for people. He is particularly adept in projects where water is a significant element and also specializes in Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments.

Tom Bacus, PE

Director | US Sector Lead, Infrastructure
Salt Lake City & Denver, USA

#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 & Denver, USA
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.

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