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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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Andrea Lendak

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Landmark Events# #Mobility+# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Special Events# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Andrea Lendak has over 12 years of experience in the planning, implementation and operation of transportation systems. When it comes to Landmark Events, her key strength is coordinating multiple stakeholders from different agencies to ensure on-time project delivery. She brings a high level of contagious energy to projects to get work done on time. Andrea was part of the project management team that stewarded the award-winning delivery of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. She was also pivotal figure in transportation demand management for the Toronto 2015 and London 2010 Olympic Games.

Maarit Heinonen-smith

Architect
London, UK

#english# #Design Build# #Green# #Healthy New Towns# #High Rise Residential# #Hotels# #Low Rise Residential# #Mental Health Care# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Resorts# #Seniors Communities# #Spiritual Places# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom, Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/maarit-heinonen-smith-65a3b4b6/

Maarit is an experienced, Chartered Architect with years of experience in high profile and award-winning sheltered and extra care housing, retirement villages and care homes located throughout the UK.

Maarit specializes in architecture and design for over 55’s, designing bespoke and inspiring residential architecture which allows for flexibility within the design for changing needs and individuality of the residents with a consideration to their health and well-being. Each design is a unique response to the site and brief, and developed through a dialogue with clients and end-users. During her career, her designs have achieved several awards for design quality, most recently at Healthcare Design Awards 2018 and Housing Design Awards 2017.

Maarit has designed retirement living developments worth £20m+ in value. Working with some of the largest local authorities, charities, housing associations and private developers in the UK, her knowledge has provided her with the best practice knowledge and innovation in this sector.

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.

David Nicholas

Associate Director | Principal, Landscape Architecture
Salt Lake City, UT

#english# #All# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Hotels# #Landscape Architecture# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Public Outreach# #Residential# #Resorts# #Transit Oriented Development#
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-nicholas-b1270a85/

David Nicholas is a registered Landscape Architect that brings diverse planning, design and implementation experience to IBI Group with an emphasis in parks and recreation, urban design and institutional work. With a Bachelors degree in design from Arizona State University, David has managed and led award-winning projects that have become focal points of their communities.

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.

Douglas W. Stewart

Associate | Manager, Planning
Waterloo, ON

#english# #All# #Brownfield Development# #High Rise Residential# #Land Use Planning# #Low Rise Residential# #Master Planning# #Mid Rise Residential# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management#
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
No planning challenge too great to resolve.

Douglas Stewart has over 17 years of experience and his areas of expertise include Class Environmental Assessment. Official Plans, Official Plan Amendments, Regional Official Policies Plan Amendments, Community Plans, District/Secondary Plans, Plans of Subdivision, Plans of Condominium, Zoning By-Law Amendments, Consents, Variances, Site Plans, Feasibility Studies, Planning Summary Reports, Brownfield Redevelopments, Extensive Ontario Municipal Board Experience.

Jonathan Steel

Associate Director | Office Lead, Portland
Portland, OR

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Higher Education# #Interiors# #K-12 Education# #Leader# #Learning+# #Office Lead# #Subject Matter Expert#
Portland, Oregon, United States of America

Jonathan Steel serves as the Operations Director for our Portland office. Jonathan is an educational architect with over 15 years of experience in the design and construction of major K-12 and higher education facilities. He has worked with our global education team for over ten years. Jonathan has designed buildings for some of the most prestigious educational institutions globally, including three projects for Oxford University. He brings strong experience in business and personnel management to our Portland team, having built successful practices on both sides of the Atlantic during his career. He is the current President of the Alberta Chapter of A4LE and has presented at conferences for the past several years.

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.

Venkata Chunduru

Director, India
New Delhi

#english# #Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS)# #Airports# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civil Engineering# #Data / Operations Centre# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Land Use Planning# #Mobility+# #Operations & Maintenance# #P3# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Ports# #Project / Programme Management# #Rail# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Smart Cities# #Strategic Planning# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Planning# #Transit Technology# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
New Delhi, India, Asia
https://www.linkedin.com/in/venkata-subba-rao-62138318/

Venkata Chunduru is a transportation systems professional currently working as a Director | Intelligence in India. With about 21 years of experience, Venkata primarily works on systems, technology, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), operations and investment appraisal for major transportation infrastructure projects, including highways, airports, ports and metro rail projects. Some of the notable projects he is involved are implementation of highway toll traffic management systems in India, radio-frequency identification (RFID)- based container tracking systems for a major Indian port, and development of Mumbai Metro master plan.

At IBI Group, he is involved in Hyderabad Intelligent Traffic Management Systems, Hubli-Dharwad ITS, Intelligent City Operations and Management Centre (ICOMC), Bhubaneswar Smart City and actively involved in their business development efforts. He is a Fellow at Institute of Engineers in India, member of Institute of Transportation Engineers (U.S.) and is also a member of technical committee on transport planning and traffic engineering for the Indian Road Congress.

Ryan Gulick

Associate | Manager, Intelligent Systems
Seattle, WA

#english# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Design Build# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Traveller Information#
Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Ryan Gulick has years of experience in the ITS field. His project experience includes the design of freeway management systems, fiber interconnect communication systems, advanced traveller information systems, toll facilities, and bus rapid transit technology. This includes studies, planning, and design (PS&E) activities. Ryan has also worked on several, large scale, design-build projects in Washington, Arizona, and Colorado.

Seamus Lennon

Studio Principal
Manchester, UK

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Living+# #Office Lead# #Residential# #UK Regional#
Manchester, United Kingdom, Europe

Studio Principal of our Manchester office, architect Seamus Lennon establishes innovative design strategies and solutions across residential, cultural, commercial and urban design sectors in the UK and Europe. He is currently Project Director for the award-winning £180m ‘The Glass Works’ Barnsley leisure and retail project, and has led a number of multi-award winning and extensively published projects including the Roald Dahl Museum, Oxfordshire; the New Art Exchange, Nottingham; and the Sterling Prize shortlisted Park Hill in Sheffield. Seamus has also been invited to teach and lecture at a number of leading architecture schools in the UK, including an ongoing relationship with the University of Ulster in Belfast.

Claudio Venier

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mid Rise Residential# #Office#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Claudio Venier is a graduate of McGill University’s School of Architecture, where he earned both a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture. Claudio has over 25 years of experience working in private practice and in architecture offices, including ARCOP, Dan Hanganu, and Saia Barbese in Montreal, Wilkson Eyre in London, England, and in Toronto with Montgomery and Sisam, HOK Canada, architects Alliance and KPMB. Since May 2016, he has worked as a project architect for IBI Group in Toronto. Claudio’s projects include the Condominiums at One Bedford, the award-winning Maple Leaf Square mixed-use project, Library District Condominiums and Axis Condominiums.

Claudio’s professional work is characterized by the ability to develop and realize high levels of design through his involvement in both the design and construction phases of a project. Claudio also has an interest in architectural education and sustainable design. He has participated in architecture studios at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, and has entered sustainable design competitions, including CMHC’s Equilibrium Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative.

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