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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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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.

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.

David Valerius

Associate Principal | Education, Buildings
Houston, TX

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

David is a leader and part of the Learning+ team in the Houston office. With over 30 years of experience as an architect, primarily in the educational facility design field, he has developed the skill of being able to work toward the large project goals while also focusing on the important details. Notable projects include Bane Elementary School, Dean Middle School and Cypress Falls High School modernization. David is a Registered Architect in Texas and a LEED-accredited professional. He is involved in the American Institute of Architects and the Association for Learning Environments. David also volunteers for the Spring Branch Education Foundation.

Jennifer Lem

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
New York, NY

#english# #All# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #High Rise Residential# #Hotels# #Interiors# #Living+# #Low Rise Residential# #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# #Resorts#
New York, New York, United States of America

Jennifer Lem has highly developed conceptual skills, planning abilities, as well as a keen eye for finishes and details as evidenced by her work on the Edition Hotels (Miami; Waikiki), New World Hotel (Guangzhou), and St. Regis Hotel (Mexico City). Her ability to document and detail the interior environment is integral to her role in developing the Hospitality and Residential Interiors practice, where she is currently working on Minto?s Yorkville Park, Museum House, Harmony Village and the Nitesh Estates amongst projects.

Jeremy Siviter

Associate
Alexandria, VA

#english# #All# #Operations & Maintenance# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Systems# #Traffic Management# #Transit Technology# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
Alexandria, Virginia, United States of America

Jeremy Siviter has managed a wide variety of ITS research, design, implementation and operation projects and has extensive experience in electronic revenue collection, transit technology applications, traffic management systems and traveller information systems. Jeremy’s skills range from detailed technical analysis and testing through set-up and management of customer service operations.

Neil Elliott

Studio Director
Manchester, UK

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead# #Research & Development# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #UK Regional#
Manchester, 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.

Jay Claggett

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Planning
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Industrial# #Land Use Planning# #Leader# #Master Planning# #Mobility Hub# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cities cannot and should not become fixed in time; they are living creatures that evolve and develop over time. The most dynamic and successful cities embrace change by integrating public and private realms with world-class architecture and infrastructure, creating a kind of urban fabric woven from people, places, and things.

Jay Claggett, MCIP, RPP is a land use planner with over 25 years of professional planning and development experience. He has prepared numerous policy reviews, land use investigations, highest and best use analyses, market/financial analyses, site plans, district/master plans and land disposition strategies on behalf of public, institutional and private sector clients. He has been the Project Director or Project Manager for a range of complex real estate and master planning projects involving lands throughout Canada. As a result of Jay’s practical knowledge of the planning process and his excellent working relationships with staff at all levels of government, he has obtained timely planning approvals and successfully negotiated conditions and partnerships for small and large-scale residential developments, commercial, office, institutional and industrial projects.

Margaret Parkhill

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, ON

#english# #Active Transportation# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Environmental Assessment# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Planning# #Transportation Engineering#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/margaret-parkhill-63934925/

Margaret has over 16 years of transportation planning experience, and brings top technical skills in planning and design, plus strong communications to effectively engage with stakeholders and technical agencies on complex and controversial projects. Margaret currently leads a transportation environmental assessment and design group based in Toronto. She is a highly-effective project manager that brings out the best in her team. Margaret’s focus is developing  integrated solutions to complex urban transportation problems through corridor planning and preliminary design.

Margaret’s experience includes transit, active transportation, environmental assessments, and preliminary engineering design. Projects include London Bus Rapid Transit, Eglinton Streetscape and Cycle Track Design, MiWay Infrastructure Growth Plan, and the Toronto Relief Line subway business case and planning study. She also has experience in transportation safety and land use/ transportation integration. She is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and has published numerous papers and articles.

Paul Perejma

Office Manager
Fort McMurray, AB

#english# #Civic & Government# #Design Build# #Detention Facilities# #Industrial# #Library# #Parking# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Roads & Highways# #Terminals# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# #Water / Wastewater#
Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

Paul is a Civil Engineer with over nine years of experience in residential, commercial, industrial, municipal and marine design projects. Paul continues to add to his skillset of project management, design, drafting, cost estimates, tender preparation, and contract administration. He is licensed in both BC and AB and is familiar with design adaptations to suit each region.

He is currently involved in projects surrounding the devastating wildfires that hit Fort McMurray in 2016 and plays a part in ensuring the rehabilitation efforts help residents move back home.

Yong Kang

Director | US Sector Lead, Buildings
Los Angeles, CA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Hospitality# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Senior Management# #Strategic Planning#
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/yong-j-kang-aia-60281a11/

As the US Sector Lead, Buildings, Yong Kang is responsible for overseeing the strategy, growth and development of the company’s new and existing business for IBI Group’s architectural, engineering and interior design practices nationwide. Bringing over two decades of proven experience in leading and managing major projects, Yong is a recognized leader in his profession. He is internationally recognized for having led the design of more than 15 million square feet of complex building environments for his clients throughout North America and Asia including multi-national conglomerates.

Yong is a licensed architect and is actively affiliated with numerous professional organizations including: the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Southern California Development Forum (SCDF) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) amongst others. Yong holds a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University.

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.

Mojgan Nozari

Associate, Project Manager
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Mojan Nozari is an Intern Architect experienced in mixed-use residential/commercial high-rises, libraries, office buildings, and community centres. She has expertise in schematic design and development; technical drawings and detailing; as well as building codes in British Columbia and California. Her LEED and MAIBC registrations are in progress.

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