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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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Kristin Belz

Marketing Coordinator
Portland, OR

#english# #All# #Learning+#
Portland, Oregon United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristin-belz-201978b/

Kristin Belz holds her Masters in Architecture and a frequent contributor to the IBI Th!nk Blog. She believes that what and how we build reveals our character as a society. She relishes working in the Portland office, with its portfolio of education projects and focus on Learning+, because she loves telling the stories of the people and innovations behind school buildings that help make the world a better place.

Stephen Shawcross

Director
Calgary, AB

#english# #All# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Green# #Leader# #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# #Research & Development# #Residential# #Water Resources Management#
Calgary, Alberta Canada
Personal health and well-being are intrinsically linked to a strong sense of community, which is a product of thoughtful urban design and a balancing of environmental, social, and economic factors. These fundamental principles underlie the places I am inspired daily to create along with my fellow practitioners at IBI Group.

Stephen Shawcross is a planning consultant specializing in master planning, urban design, market research, economic/financial impact analysis, and water resource management. He has over 40 years of experience across Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and the USA where he has been involved in hundreds of planning assignments, along with the development of numerous award-winning and environmentally-sustainable communities. Stephen is a sought after conference speaker on the impact of emerging social, environmental, and economic trends on various aspects of community development.

Neil Elliott

Studio Director
Liverpool, UK

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead# #Research & Development# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #UK Regional#
Liverpool, United Kingdom Europe

Neil has over 20 years of experience as a Project Architect and Urban Designer. Neil has worked on commercial and housing sector projects throughout the UK but he has become a key figure in education and education masterplanning projects, bringing architecture and urban design skills to major capital projects. Neil is a lead member of the IBI Learning+ team, specialising in school and college design, and is responsible for the design, coordination and delivery output. Neil is recognised for leading high quality projects within the business.

Neil’s leadership ability and talent to communicate ideas both visually and verbally combined with his recent experience of designing and particularly in delivering EFA funded projects means that he and his team can hit the ground running on fast track projects.
Neil has experienced first-hand the new economic reality of centrally funded projects and has adapted to this by producing designs that make most of the budget.

Following the completion of the academic paper and acclaimed HEAD Study (Holistic Evidence And Design) carried out by Professor Peter Barret at the University of Salford, Neil has played a leading role in developing the practical application of this research through IBI THiNK, our in-house Research & Development team, culminating in the “Clever Classroom” design and school assessment toolkit.

Richard Golledge

Studio Director
Cardiff, UK

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Higher Education# #Leader# #Learning+# #UK Regional#
Cardiff, United Kingdom Europe

Richard Golledge is a qualified architect specialising in education and healthcare design. As a strong team leader, he has managed the design and delivery of projects under various public sector procurement routes and contracts, including the NEC Partnering contract. Richard is experienced in creating specialist learning environments for leading universities. Adept at delivering schemes from master planning to construction, he works closely with stakeholder groups to deliver the strategic vision. He understands how important the built environment is as a marketing tool for attracting students and has demonstrated this by developing a striking scheme at Cardiff University.

In healthcare, Richard has worked on a number of specialist and acute schemes. He works closely with Trusts to provide value for money.
In science, Richard has developed a very good understanding of laboratory planning and research space design, creating buildings that inspired collaboration, productivity and innovation. Richard has also been heavily involved in IBI’s ‘Four Labs Four Cities’ research project, a comparative study to define best practice features within laboratory spaces.

Richard graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, where he was awarded the Edward Loveluck Travelling Scholarship 2002. His experience also includes work in the residential sector, where he won a Regional RIBA Award for a one-off house in Malmesbury. His innovative approach to design has been supported by his keen interest in research and development.

In 2009, Richard was selected by the Design Commission for Wales, Royal Society of Architects Wales and the WSA to exhibit his work at the ‘Reflecting Wales 09:09’ exhibition which showcased work of the best of emerging architects in Wales. In 2010, Richard exhibited at the National Eisteddfod in Wales.

Demetrius Yannoulopoulos

Director | Office Lead
Ottawa, ON

#english# #All# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Leader# #Municipal Services# #Office Lead# #Water / Wastewater#
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/demetrius-yannoulopoulos-83277286

Demetrius Yannoulopoulos is a Professional Engineer in Ontario with over 30 years of experience in civil engineering in both Land Development and Municipal Engineering. He is currently Project Director for a number of land development engineering studies and detail design projects, all based out of the Ottawa office. His Municipal Engineering experience includes design of road and infrastructure renewal projects in both Ottawa and Kingston. He has served as Municipal Engineer for various smaller municipalities reviewing development plans and providing general engineering advice to councils. public sector projects include infrastructure renewal for DND, and Correctional Services Canada. In addition to the various projects Demetrius has completed over the years, he has also assisted the civil engineering field in both the public and private realms by sitting on various engineering committees and serving on the executive of the Kingston Home Builders Association.

Mel Johnson

Director
Edmonton, AB

#english# #All# #Civil Engineering# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Leader# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Mel Johnson is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience specializing in the engineering design, construction, contract administration, and project management of residential, commercial, and industrial land development projects in the greater Edmonton area. He is involved in managing the civil engineering department which includes over 40 full-time engineers, technical, and administrative staff. Mel is experienced in working with numerous private/municipal land developers and licensing/approving authorities through all elements of the land development process.

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.

Mike Peery

Associate | Office Lead
Raleigh, NC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Data / Operations Centre# #Design Build# #Fire Stations# #Green# #Industrial# #Maintenance Facilities# #Manufacturing# #Municipal Services# #Office# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #Project / Programme Management# #Research & Development# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Warehouse & Distribution Centre#
Raleigh, North Carolina United States of America
www.linkedin.com/in/w-michael-peery-aia-leed-ap-a3a6381a

Mike Peery LEED AP is a registered architect in eight states and manages the Raleigh office, including the disciplines of architecture, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering. His staff completes assignments for manufacturing, pharmaceutical, electronics, military, and municipal clients.

His project experience includes research and development facilities, laboratories, office buildings, and distribution facilities where Mike’s work blends the important aspects of function, aesthetics, energy conservation, and adherence to project budget.

Kevin Wood

Principal
Westerville, OH

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Engineering# #Leader# #Municipal Services# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Water / Wastewater# #Water Resources Management#
Westerville, Ohio United States of America

As the US Lead on Water/Wastewater, Kevin Wood’s goal is to provide communities with an improved quality of life through superior engineering, particularly with reference to local jurisdiction water and wastewater projects. Kevin has helped municipalities and townships identify, apply for and receive state and federal grant and loan monies for infrastructure development projects, after providing the facilities planning necessary to establish community needs and costs.
His expertise matching infrastructure and economic development needs of communities with available resources is critical to providing satisfactory solutions. As Project Manager for water and wastewater projects, his project involvement begins at the inception of the project and continues through to the design, funding, construction and rate determination stages.

Todd Hoisington

Director | US Industrial Lead, Buildings
Southfield, MI

#english# #All# #Automotive# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Leader# #Office Lead# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert#
Southfield, Michigan United States of America

As the US Industrial Lead, Todd Hoisington excels at providing robust Project Management leadership for building highly technical projects. He is exceptionally strong at building client focused teams to deliver projects on time and on budget. Skilled in understanding the needs of clients, he guides a team through the development of a project with challenging project environments. He has proven this approach on large-scale projects ranging in construction value from $1 million+ and has been responsible for the management of multi-company partnerships on overlapping projects. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan with over 15 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry.

Shahin Abji

Associate | Manager, Systems Engineering
Edmonton, AB

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Operations & Maintenance# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration#
Edmonton, Alberta 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.

Heather Semple

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Ottawa, ON

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

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