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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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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.

Sue Chadwick

Studio Director
Manchester, UK

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead# #UK Regional#
Manchester, United Kingdom Europe

With over 35 years of experience, Sue Chadwick has worked with a diverse group of clients on projects in various sectors. She is considered one of the leaders in IBI Group’s Education sector, offering advice at senior level and bringing a vast level of practical knowledge to any project.

She is an excellent communicator and is experienced in developing complex briefs with clients and stakeholders. Many projects require bespoke and particular methods of engagement and consultation and with the end user in mind, Sue runs a series of innovative processes including workshops and exhibitions. She has also developed a sound understanding of client values and requirements when delivering educational buildings on occupied sites.

As a qualified architectural technologist, Sue also has extensive technological knowledge in all aspects of design, construction processes contemporary building fabrics and structures.  Within the IBI Group, Sue is involved in promoting technical quality with an aim to embed an ethos of excellence and consistency in our approach by setting companywide standards that ensure we continue to deliver an excellent service to our clients.

Ivan Petrovic

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Southfield, MI

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Engineering# #Interiors# #Project / Programme Management# #Strategic Planning#
Southfield, Michigan United States of America

Ivan Petrovic has over 18 year of diverse experience working in architecture, engineering and construction. He continuously monitors and analyzes project resource utilization and reviews production and delivery methods to maximize efficiency, and identify and implement changes for process and cost improvements. Ivan develops and implements strategic planning initiatives related to the public building market sector to identify potential opportunities for better client care. As Project Manager, Ivan serves as the principal design liaison with our client for the duration of the project and is responsible for the communication of information between the client and the various design group leaders.

John Knape

Frameworks Director
Rochdale, UK

#english# #Acute Care# #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Healthcare+# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Oncology# #Pediatrics# #Project / Programme Management# #UK Regional#
Rochdale, United Kingdom Europe

John Knape is a qualified Architect with over 30 years of post-qualification experience and has been especially committed to the design of healthcare facilities and building types which fulfil social needs. His experience covers work in both the public and private sectors and he can draw upon a thorough knowledge of relevant design standards including Department of Health Building Notes and Technical Memoranda. John has experience of a wide range of procurement methods including traditional and two-stage tendering, design & build, partnering, management contracting and PFI and in his role as the practice’s Frameworks Director, has been instrumental in leading successful bid processes to secure IBI’s position as Primary Supply Chain Members on all three UK national healthcare Frameworks.

John has recently led teams on a number of projects in both the acute and primary care sectors, including the award winning development at Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool. John is keen to pioneer innovative design solutions such as the “Barn Theatre” concept, but places great emphasis on excellent relationships with client and contractor as the key to a successful project.

Roger Nicholson

Associate | Manager, Contract Administration
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Stadium / Athletic Facilities#
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Roger Nicholson specializes in high-rise residential and hospitality projects. His early involvement on a number of high profile projects, such as Maple Leaf Square and the expansion to the Air Canada Centre, The Four Seasons Hotel, and the award-winning Toronto Delta Hotel has propelled his career. He continues to develop his client relationships and hone his management skills, by leading highly motivated multi-member teams. Roger has played an integral role in the successful execution of the Park Place Condominiums and the award-winning Rose Theatre where his work is helping to revitalize the downtown core in Brampton. Roger is currently working on Bay Gerrard Rental Apartments and King Blue Hotel and Condominiums in Toronto, and The Roy Condominiums in Halifax.

Jeremy Theodore

Principal | Education Practice Lead
Seattle, WA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Learning+#
Seattle, Washington United States of America

Jeremy Theodore leads the Seattle education practice and has shown solid growth in Seattle and beyond. An architect with a Masters degree in engineering and prior construction experience, Jeremy has a deep understanding of the whole planning and design process, from the vision required to bring a campus or community’s story to life, to smart construction phasing, integrated systems, and refined details. These experiences have given Jeremy a genuine respect for each person’s role in the design process as well as an understanding of the artistic opportunities and technical needs embodied in each issue.

Nanette Shahinian

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Nanette Shahinian is an Architect with over 30 years’ experience in residential and institutional buildings. She has worked on a range of buildings from high-end boutique condominiums to large scale mixed use projects. Through her involvement on high-profile projects such as Chaz Condominium, The Avenue, South Park Halifax and the Bathurst JCC, she has developed relationships with both long-standing and new clients. Nannette’s work is characterized by the desire to develop design solutions for complex buildings, which fully satisfy the client’s needs, and the detailing and physical quality of our built environment.

Jennifer Ujimoto

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

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
New York, New York United States of America
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.

Kerry Anger

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Structural Engineering
Toronto West, ON

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Maintenance Facilities# #Office# #Parking# #Project / Programme Management# #Retail / Commercial# #Structural Engineering# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto West, Ontario Canada

Kerry Anger experience expands over 40 years in the structural design and supervision of a variety of municipal, industrial, commercial, residential, education, aviation, transit facilities including stations, maintenance and storage garages. He also has experience with building demolition, seismic evaluation, restoration of existing and historic structures, evaluation/audits, warehouses, laboratories, heavy equipment structures/foundations, vibrations/acoustics, reinforcement, parking garages and office/research facilities. Kerry has been working as a Structural Engineer Supervisor and Engineer on various domestic and international projects and is experienced in all aspects of development from conceptual phase through approvals, detailed design, tendering, construction, contract administration and project close-out.

Calin Caliman

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Calin Caliman is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and Royal Architectural Institute of Canada with over 20 years of experience as an architect, and over 15 years of experience specifically in the high-rise residential and commercial sector. His involvement on a number of high-profile projects, such as L’Avenue in Montreal, King Blue Condos and Dundas Square Gardens in Toronto, has honed his skills both in design and contract documentation.

Ritesh Warade

Director | US Operations Lead, Intelligence
Boston, MA

#english# #All# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Operations & Maintenance# #Planning & Urban Design# #product_Transit Alerts# #product_Transit Real Time# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technology# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
Boston, Massachusetts United States of America

Ritesh Warade holds a Masters degrees in Transportation Engineering, City Planning, and Urban Design, as well as a Bachelors degree in Architecture and has over ten years of experience, specializing in the planning, design, and implementation of passenger information and analytics systems for transit. His recent projects include Boston MBTA?s MBTA-realtime and MBTA-performance systems, Denver RTD’s traveller information System, and Toronto Metrolinx’s Triplink. Ritesh has a background in transit planning, and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Ritesh leads IBI Group’s Transit Data practice, which focuses on helping transit agencies manage their data, provide high-quality realtime information to passengers, and analyze service quality and measure performance. He is an industry leader in the field of open data and open data standards for transit, and is a member of an industry consortium working to manage and improve the GTFS/ GTFS-realtime data formats.

Jalil Azizi

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

#english# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Project / Programme Management#
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

Jalil is an Architect with AIBC on the IBI Living+ team. His specialty is residential and mixed-use high-rise projects and hotels. Jalil has 20 years of experience including more than seven years with IBI Group. His key strengths and expertise are in preliminary design, design development, construction documents, and field services/contract administration. He does a good job of mentoring team members and maintaining a dedicated team in any situation. He has built and maintained professional relationships with clients and consultant teams while exceeding clients’ satisfaction levels. His notable projects include the Bellevue for Cressey Development in West Vancouver, the Pier Development for Pinnacle International in North Vancouver, and Parcel 18.2 of the River District Development for Wesgroup in Vancouver.

Jalil has been an oral review panelist with AIBC and is a volunteer member of the AIBC’s Post-Disaster Response Committee for Post-Disaster Safety Evaluation of Buildings & Infrastructure group. In the office, he takes it upon himself to mentor and supervise intern architects and guide them to their goals. Jalil is currently performing as a project manager leading teams of about 10 people. His involvement on his projects includes fee proposals, rezoning, DP, BP, IFT, IFC, OP, specifications and CA responsibilities. He is currently working on Lot P, Onni Group, Vancouver and Oak and 67th, Coromandel, also in Vancouver.

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