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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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Daniel Whelan

Associate Director | Principal, Education
Binghamton, NY

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Spiritual Places# #Subject Matter Expert#
Binghamton, New York, United States of America

Daniel Whelan has more than 30 years of experience with particular areas of specialty that include architecture, project management and master planning for commercial projects, housing developments, K-12 schools, colleges/universities, banks and credit unions, and religious facilities.

Joe Pettipas

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

#english# #Airports# #Civic & Government# #Education# #Entertainment Centre# #Healthcare# #Healthcare+# #High Rise Residential# #Higher Education# #Hospitality# #Interiors# #Leader# #Library# #Living+# #Mental Health Care# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Public Outreach# #Residential# #Resorts# #Retail / Commercial# #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-pettipas-47871ba/

With over three decades of broad experience, Joe has an innate understanding of the challenges facing corporate, hospitality, retail and healthcare clients today. His international experience in the Middle East, Asia, and across North America gives him an appreciation for the importance of brand and how it must be synthesized into the built environment for corporate success. Joe leads a creative and talented group of professionals focusing on the interior spaces within buildings that spans across Corporate Workplace, Transportation, Hospitality, Retail, Healthcare, Higher Education and Institutional arenas.

Nazeeh Oudeh

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Southfield, MI

#english# #Active Transportation# #Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS)# #Airports# #Bridge Engineering# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Detention Facilities# #Development Engineering# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Highway / Road Design# #Maintenance Facilities# #Mobility+# #Municipal Services# #Parking# #Parks# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Smart Cities# #Structural Engineering# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation Engineering# #Water Resources Management#
Southfield, Michigan, United States of America

Nazeeh Oudeh is the Transportation Lead in Southfield, MI. He is an innovator in his field, known for developing the Star interchange concept, creating innovative solutions to storm water management and mitigating poor soils with hybrid structures. He is a licensed PE in the State of Michigan, with more than 33 years of experience. He joined IBI Group in October of 2017.

Some of his notable projects include the Fort Street Viaduct Replacement, which used an innovative inverted strut to address poor soils and stability concerns; the American Center for Mobility, which is Michigan’s test track for connected and autonomous vehicles; and I-94 in Dearborn, which won the American Society of Civil Engineers, Michigan Project of the Year.

Mark Bendix

Director | Office Lead
Toronto West, ON

#english# #Airports# #All# #Automotive# #Bridge Engineering# #Brownfield Development# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Energy# #Engineering# #Hospitality# #Industrial# #Land Use Planning# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Maintenance Facilities# #Manufacturing# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Office Lead# #Parking# #Project / Programme Management# #Strategic Planning# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Terminals# #Transit Planning# #Transportation# #Warehouse & Distribution Centre#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-bendix-46b55b11/
A successful project is usually the result of the close cooperation and team work between the owner, the architect, the engineers, the contractor, and design and construction professionals.

Mark Bendix is a Director and Office Lead with over 35 years of experience in the management, direction and coordination of large technical groups. He has an Electrical Engineering background and has been responsible for the evaluation, planning, design and maintenance of industrial, commercial and institutional facilities across a wide cross section of these sectors. This includes transit facilities, automotive plants, water and wastewater facilities, hotel and entertainment facilities, transformer stations, aviation facilities and office buildings. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in a number of Canadian provinces and is a Fellow of Engineers Canada.

Mark is responsible for the technical and financial performance of the Toronto West office that provides a diverse range of services and oversees the performance of design teams on complex projects. This includes interpreting and understanding the project requirements, confirming these with the various stakeholders and sponsors, identifying the various design services needed, maintaining and adjusting resources as required to meet schedules and budgets, coordinating the various design tasks and teams and executing the design quality assurance and control processes.

Oliver Hartleben

Associate | Manager, IBI TH!NK
Vancouver, BC

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Highway / Road Design# #Land Use Planning# #Learning+# #Library# #Living+# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Product_sAVe App# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Research & Development# #Roads & Highways# #Spanish Regional# #Strategic Planning# #Terminals# #Traffic Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
http://linkedin.com/in/ohartleben

Oliver Hartleben is an Architect and 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.

Blair Hamilton

Principal | Education, Buildings
Houston, TX

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

Blair Hamilton contributes over 35 years of diverse architectural experience to IBI Group. He is responsible for all aspects of a project, with particular emphasis on construction documents, project management, and contract administration. His responsibilities include development and management of the firm’s master specifications and quality control standards; as well as contract review and approvals.

Grant Dickson

Studio Associate Director
Newark, UK

#english# #All# #Operations & Maintenance# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #UK Regional#
Newark, United Kingdom, Europe

Grant Dickson is well-known for his expertise in Geographical Information Systems, GIS/IT consultancy, design of IT systems, databases, websites. software and system testing, system installation, integration, support and maintenance. He also specializes in spatially encoded video surveying, GPS, video and digital cameras, asset management systems and associated technologies.

William Monahan

Associate | Manager, Electrical Engineering
Binghamton, NY

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Education# #Electrical Engineering# #Engineering# #Learning+#
Binghamton, New York, United States of America

William Monahan is an Electrical Engineer with 26 years of experience. His area of specialty is electrical system design for buildings and infrastructure projects, including educational facilities, medical facilities, municipal wastewater, and water treatment facilities.

Sarah Christianson

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Los Angeles, CA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Seniors Communities# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Sarah Christianson is a registered Architect AIBC and a LEED GA. Her experience includes complex residential and mixed-use projects as well as ageless living communities, which has contributed to her growing role in the Living+.

Danny Brewster

Director | Office Lead
Houston, TX

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #K-12 Education# #Leader# #Learning+# #Mobility+# #Office Lead# #Retail / Commercial# #Strategic Planning#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

Danny Brewster brings over 20 years of institutional and commercial architectural experience. He has successfully managed projects with tight constraints and budget parameters including new facilities, additions and renovations. He is involved in every project phase and has a reputation for effectively leading large, complex teams and creating sustainable solutions for clients. His commitment to thoughtful strategic planning encourages industry leadership.

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.

Phil Colleran

Associate Director, Sub-Sector Lead
Boston, MA

#english# #All# #Landscape Architecture# #Mixed Use# #Planning & Urban Design#
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Phil Colleran has directed a range of urban mixed-use development projects in the US and abroad. He has significant experience with complex planning projects and large teams in the Far East, the Middle East and North Africa. In his work, he is responsive to environmental and civic concerns and has deployed ground-breaking design strategies suitable to climate and project conditions.

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