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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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Sean Jones

Studio Director
Cardiff, UK

#english# #All# #Healthcare+# #Office Lead# #P3# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Retail / Commercial# #Stadium / Athletic Facilities# #UK Regional#
Cardiff, United Kingdom, Europe

Sean Jones has extensive experience in the administration of building contracts for refurbishment and new build works. He is involved in the production of detailed information packages, the management of the design team through this process including contract administration and overseeing site works. He is familiar with the PFI process and has wide-ranging experience in the procurement of healthcare buildings. This includes leading the team during the briefing and room layout process. This involved engagement with the user groups to finalise the detail design layouts and managing the production information packages. Sean is also familiar with delivering phased schemes in a live hospital environment. During his career, he has worked at a number of commercial architectural firms both in Manchester and London, gaining experience on a wide variety of projects in the commercial, sports and leisure sectors across the globe and taking major stadia, sports grandstands and racecourse facilities through from detailed design to project completion.

Joe Somfay

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Waterloo, ON

#english# #Architecture# #Automotive# #Design Build# #Education# #Fire Stations# #High Rise Residential# #Higher Education# #Low Rise Residential# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Parking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Police Stations#
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Drawing on 50 years of experience in cities as diverse as Sydney, Toronto and Waterloo, Mr. Somfay brings an acute urban sensibility and sustainability to the design of contemporary buildings.

As a designer and manager he has coordinated large multi-disciplinary teams collaborating on complex university, residential, commercial and mixed-use projects in the Waterloo Region and Southern Ontario. His projects include architectural designs for mixed used and high rise projects in Mississauga, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge and Elora areas.

He has taught design and building science for 17 years at the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, Ontario. Comfortable with projects at any scale, northern latitudes or the tropics, Mr. Somfay always looks for design opportunities that further the clients’ goals with an original, practical and economical solution. Firmly committed to sustainability, he has taught and consulted on sustainable design for the past 50 years. 

Joe encourages original thinking and is willing to question norms.

Bill Thomas

Associate | Manager, Civil Engineering
Kingston, ON

#english# #Civic & Government# #Civil Engineering# #Engineering# #Municipal Services# #Roads & Highways# #Subject Matter Expert#
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
http://www.linkedin.com/in/william-thomas-

Bill is a Civil Engineer with approximately 15 years’ experience in Land Development and Municipal Infrastructure. His work involves project management of residential, commercial, and industrial developments, as well as municipal infrastructure design, construction and replacement.

Gianni Ria

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, High Rise Residential
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gianni Ria holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto and over the past 30 years, served as lead designer on a number of successful hospitality, residential and commercial projects. Gianni has Recent hospitality projects include the SOHO Metropolitan Hotel and Residences, a four star hotel in Toronto’s entertainment district, and the Hazelton Hotel and Residences in the Trendy Yorkville area of Toronto. Gianni’s work has been recognized through awards and publications.

Doug McLachlan

Associate, Architect
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Doug McLachlan’s professional experience includes project management, master planning, medical planning, and construction document production for various projects. As Project Manager for several master planning and renovation projects, he leads the coordination and production of indicative design drawings and output specifications, has involvement leading several user group meetings, and overseeing production of a facilities assessment report. Doug is also immersed in managing and producing schematic design drawings, working drawings, and specifications, as well as performing construction administration services.

Cristina Martinez

Transportation Planner
Irvine, CA

#english# #Active Transportation# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Light Rail Transit# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Parking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Spatial Intelligence# #Subject Matter Expert# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning#
Irvine, California, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-cristina-martinez-11500777/

Cristina Martinez is a Transportation Planner with experience ranging from large-scale freeway and transit impact projects to local active transportation projects, transit-oriented development, master and specific plans, and parking/traffic management studies. Her work in public, private, and non-profit sector planning has shaped her passion for creating community-inclusive solutions to issues that affect our urban and social environments.

As Regional GIS Lead for the United States, Cristina helps coordinate IBI’s global network of GIS professionals and is involved with internal initiatives to further integrate geospatial technology into IBI’s project work. Her expertise in GIS includes data management and analysis, data visualization, geospatial analysis, and interactive map development.

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.

Ernie Webster

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Landscape Architecture
Calgary, AB

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Green# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Industrial# #Landscape Architecture# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Public Outreach# #Retail / Commercial# #Transportation#
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ernie-webster-07000931/

Ernie Webster is an accomplished designer with over 20 years project experience in the UK and Canada. He has been involved with several wide ranging and prestigious projects and his strengths lie in creating unique, interesting concepts and making them technically sound and constructible within a given budget. He has become known and respected as a well-organized project manager, playing a leading role on various multidisciplinary teams.

Titka Seddighi

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Resorts# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Titka Seddighi holds a Master?s Degree in Architecture from Azad University in Tehran with 20 years of experience. Titka’s notable work includes projects such as Concord Adex, City Place, Toronto 2015 Pan / Parapan American Games Athlete?s Village and The Royal Atlantis in Dubai, UAE.

Justin Date

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Ottawa, ON

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Highway / Road Design# #Parking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Roads & Highways# #Transportation Engineering#
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Justin Date is a project engineer with over 14 years of experience in transportation engineering and planning. His design experience includes preliminary and detailed roadway design, project coordination and contract document preparation on new roadway construction, roadway rehabilitation, traffic calming and intersection modification projects. His transportation planning experience includes the preparation of transportation impact and traffic operations studies, traffic calming plans and parking studies.He is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Craig Atkinson

Associate Director | California Education Lead, Buildings
Los Angeles, CA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Design Build# #Education# #Fire Stations# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Library# #Master Planning# #Police Stations# #Public Outreach#
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-atkinson-2bba6b42/

Craig Atkinson is a lead in the Southern California Education sector with more than 27 years of experience in the design and construction of public projects in the educational and civic sectors. He has extensive knowledge and ‘know how’ in community relations, project consensus building, design, planning, project delivery, and quality control.

Craig’s years of project management experience for public clients throughout California have made him a resource for client and community relations and quality control within IBI Group. He has also served on the Santa Barbara County, North County Board of Architectural Review, coached various sports including Special Olympics.

Jamie Douglas

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Waterloo, ON

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

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