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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.

Jamie Douglas

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Waterloo, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Hospitality# #Library# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Resorts#
Waterloo, Canada

Jamie Douglas’s previous construction experience and interest in wood frame construction allowed him to fit naturally into the custom projects and complex low to mid-rise work undertaken by the firm. Over the past 20 years, Jamie has primarily focused on residential, resort clubhouses, office facilities, community libraries, private and public camp facilities, heritage renovations and several prestigious custom homes and cottages throughout Ontario and Quebec. He currently specializes in mid and high rise multi-unit and mixed use residential design for a variety of private developers and builders. Many of these higher density projects have low rise product associated with them, which benefit from Jamie’s low-rise experience.

In 2012, Jamie was awarded the prestigious Niagara Escarpment Achievement Award for Outstanding Property & Residential Design in harmony with the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

Steven Thesier

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Binghamton, USA

#english# All# #Architecture# #Education# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead#
Binghamton, USA

Steven Thesier has more than 26 years of experience with areas of specialty that include project management and project design for new construction and renovations, educational facilities planning, referendum planning for educational facilities, NYSED coordination on school projects, and NYS OGS project development and execution.

Heather Semple

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Ottawa, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Environmental Assessment# #Healthcare+# #Labs / Life Sciences# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Ottawa, Canada

Heather Semple LEED AP is a talented Architect and Project Manager with over 18 years of experience in a range of projects however the majority of her work has focused on health care/ laboratory design. Her strength lies in her ability to produce well-designed projects; coordinating both the design and contract documents. She is currently the Project Manager for The Visitor Welcome Centre Phase 1 on Parliament Hill. She was also part of the McGill University Health Centre team, specializing in logistics and material handling.

Heather is the recipient of the 2010 Gold Award (McGill University Health Centre/Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships) as well as the Design Thesis Book Prize (Architecture Magazine), and the Henry Adams Design Award Graduation Design Thesis (American Institute of Architects).

Jared Marcus

Associate | Manager, Planning
Hamilton, Canada

#english# All# #Development Engineering# #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design#
Hamilton, Canada

Jared Marcus is a seasoned veteran of the Hamilton planning practice and has played an integral role in the successful execution of a long list of land development projects in the Hamilton and Niagara markets. Known as the office?s go-to problem solver for matters of site and subdivision design, his expertise in conceptual and technical design and quality assurance coupled with a deep understanding of the planning approvals process has made him a mentor and resource to junior staff over the years.He is responsible for the continued development and growth of design talent and QA initiatives in the practice and more broadly through the office.

Shahin Abji

Associate | Manager, Systems Engineering
Edmonton, Canada

#english# All# #Engineering# #Operations & Maintenance# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration#
Edmonton, Canada

Shahin Abji has 16 years of experience in the planning, design, implementation, operation and maintenance of transportation systems and is currently working as part of a team specializing in ITS and broadband telecom systems. His experience includes systems planning and design, material requirements and specifications, procurement, material and installation inspections, commissioning, operations, maintenance, construction contract administration, quality control/quality assurance.

Steve McKee

Associate | Architect
Toronto, Canada

#english# Civic & Government# #Data / Operations Centre# #Design Build# #Green# #Interiors# #Learning+# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Office# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Canada

Steve McKee is a registered architect with over 35 years of experience. He has acted as the project lead to successfully deliver many complex corporate interiors projects as well as strategic workplace studies for both public and private organizations.

Steve’s primary role has focused on front end project development, building analysis, test fits, programming, strategic real estate analysis, and workplace transformation programs.

Notable project work includes KPMG (Toronto, Calgary and Vaughan offices) as well as several significant law firm projects including Faskens, Osler and Stikeman Elliott. Steve has also worked with public agencies (Region of Peel, Infrastructure Ontario) to develop long term strategic occupancy studies involving a portfolio of buildings.

Henry Burstyn

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Ambulatory Care# #Architecture# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Green# #Healthcare+# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Leader# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Parking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/henry-burstyn-74314794/

Henry Burstyn has over 20 years of experience and has developed a significant portfolio of work in residential, commercial, institutional, master plans and complex urban mixed-use projects leading multidisciplinary teams. His extended experience covers a wide range of building types from multi-unit residential (condominium, rental and townhouses) to institutional schools, retrofits and larger commercial centres. Henry’s contribution to projects has been acknowledged through being a guest lecturer and his projects being awarded a number of prestigious design awards including Pinnacle Awards, Oakville’s LBD Award of Excellence, OAA Award of Excellence, RAIC Award and the Governor General’s Award.

Jennifer Ujimoto

Associate | Manager, Architecture
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.

Steven Butler, PE

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Cinncinnati, USA

#english# All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Project / Programme Management# #Roads & Highways# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering#
Cinncinnati, USA

Steven Butler has over ten years of civil engineering experience, with emphasis in structural design. He has evaluated and developed superstructure and sub-structure plans for a variety of bridges within the states of Ohio and West Virginia. His experience extends to all phases of civil engineering projects, including preliminary studies and reports, site surveys and investigations, specifications, quantity take-offs, and cost estimates. Steven’s work includes bridge design, inspection, replacement, rehabilitation and review projects, where his deliverables include the design of superstructures, substructures, and miscellaneous details along with site layout and minor roadway items.

Charlie Hoang

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Transit Architecture
Toronto, Canada

#english# All# #Architecture# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto, Canada

Charlie Hoang is an Architect with 20 years of experience. Over his career, he has built an impressive portfolio of transit projects that includes at-grade stations (Cumberland Bay Station, Victoria Park Station), underground stations (Ottawa LRT, Eglinton LRT, TTC Finch and Union) and service buildings (EEBs, second exits, and maintenance facilities). His responsibilities span all project phases including architectural design, project and design management, client relations, development of functional layouts and design concepts, value engineering, and code compliance coordination between consultants, city officials, and third parties.

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.

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