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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 2,600 difference makers is IBI’s Leadership team, setting out a compelling vision and guiding IBI Group towards the future.

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Mark French

Director | US Deputy Education Lead, Buildings
Houston, TX

Mark French
#Director | US Deputy Education Lead, Buildings# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Office Lead# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ##
Houston, Texas, United States of America

With over 30 years of experience, Mark French LEED AP BD+C offers extensive design and project management experience in educational facilities. He is involved on all aspects of a project including schematic design, design development, construction documents and project management. Mark earned the Recognized Educational Facility Professional designation from the Council of Educational Facility Planners International in 2002 due to his extensive experience in educational facility planning and design. He also achieved the designation of Accredited Learning Environments Planner in 2013.

#North America#
Joe Somfay

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Waterloo, ON

Joe Somfay
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Automotive# #Industrial# ## #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Fire Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Parking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Police Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire 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.

#North America#
Maurice Macare

Principal | Education, Buildings
San Diego, CA

Maurice Macare
#Principal | Education, Buildings# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Education# #School# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ##
San Diego, California, United States of America

Maurice Macare AIA has 26 years of experience with the majority of that time dedicated predominantly on public sector projects, such as public schools and government facilities.

#North America#
Darlene Broderick

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Urban Design / Landscape Architecture
Toronto, ON

Darlene Broderick
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Urban Design / Landscape Architecture# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Landscape Architecture# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Darlene Broderick is a licensed Landscape Architect and Urban Planner. Spanning 25 years, her professional career covers a broad range of international and local work in both the public and private sectors. She has been involved in urban intensification projects, mobility hub projects, municipal corridor studies, adaptive reuse, streetscape master plans, secondary planning, policy and new town planning. Darlene’s comprehensive experience working at scales from detailed construction of streetscape designs to secondary planning, with a focus on issues related to urban design and complete streets, has led to a greater understanding of the impact and importance of creating connected, vibrant and walkable communities.
Current notable projects include the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and multiple phases of the vivaNext BRT.

Jeff Hackenbracht

Senior Project Manager
Westerville, OH

Jeff Hackenbracht
#Senior Project Manager# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Leader# #Project / Programme Management# #Transportation#
Westerville, Ohio, United States of America

Jeff Hackenbracht has a strong background in design, engineering and construction project management of roadway and bridge projects. He has successfully managed projects for several clients including ODOT, the City of Columbus, as well as the Delaware and Franklin County Engineers. His attention to detail comes from his in-depth knowledge of ODOT and city requirements. His communication throughout the project development process has earned him high praise from pleased clients. Numerous projects have included new roadway design, roadway widening and resurfacing, ADA compliance upgrades, bikeway design, bridge replacement and rehabilitation, pavement markings, design of new curbs, gutters, sidewalks, storm drainage, traffic signal upgrades, culvert extensions, ditches, grading, design of median barriers and lighting design.

Rares Caraba

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Geomatics
Calgary, AB

Rares Caraba
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Geomatics# #All# #Geomatics / Land Surveying# #Subject Matter Expert#
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Rares Caraba, Alberta Land Surveyor, Canada Land Surveyor, and Engineer, is responsible for acquiring accurate field data, quality control, and applications for land development to the City of Calgary and surrounding Counties and Municipal Districts.

James Sorensen

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Boston, MA

James Sorensen
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Engineering# #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

James Sorensen specializes in ITS projects and has led a wide variety of advanced public transportation systems, traveller information systems, traffic management applications, and public safety and emergency response technologies. He also has provided ITS strategic planning and technology assessments for a wide variety of public agency and private sector clients. James was the Project Manager for the ITS and Communications Design of the CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit project, the Bridgeport Connecticut ATMS and Operations project, and the development of regional ITS architecture for Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Puerto Rico.

James is a past president of the Intelligent Transportation Society of Massachusetts and a recipient of their Award of Excellence. He has worked on two projects that have received the Intelligent Transportation Society of Connecticut?s Project of the Year Award. He is also a member of IBI Group’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Working Group.

#North America#
Robert Aeck

Associate Principal | Industrial, Buildings
Southfield, MI

Robert Aeck
#Associate Principal | Industrial, Buildings# #All# #Automotive# #Industrial# ## #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# ## #Commercial# #Data Centre# #Commercial# #Office# ## #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Entertainment Centre# #Commercial# ## #Green# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Industrial# #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Manufacturing# #Industrial# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Research & Development# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Spiritual Places# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Church# ## #Stadium / Athletic Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Structural Engineering# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ##
Southfield, Michigan, United States of America
www.linkedin.com/in/robert-c-aeck-pe-se-pmp-75024414
One is only limited by their own fear of the unknown, but the unknown can be learned with the right will and determination. One should not be limited by the box in which they think, but dare to think outside of the box and challenge those around them to do so as well. There is nothing that can not be done, there are only problems that need be solved through ingenuity, imagination, and engineering.

Rob is an NCSEA award winning structural engineer with over 18+ years of experience at his craft. His past experiences have run the maze with respect to types and size and includes all aspects of structural engineering. From Construction Support engineering with High Rise Connection Design for Time Warner Center in New York and Erection procedure design for Motor City Casino in Detroit to Building design of the Thyssen Krupp Hot Strip Mill in Alabama and Re-Design of the award winning Lansing Community College Health and Human Service Careers Building in Michigan, his vast range of experience brings out of the box problem solving and agile team collaboration into all projects. He has directed multiple multi discipline and multi-locational teams in various projects similar to the LEED Gold Tier 3 Mission Critical Data Center for a Confidential Automotive Client in Michigan where agile processes resulted in a high tempo and top performing team. His attention to detail and ability to help his clients find the most efficient designs to help them save cost and time make him a valuable part of any team.

#North America#
Wendy de Silva

Architect | Mental Health Lead
London, UK

Wendy de Silva
#Architect | Mental Health Lead# #All# #Architecture# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Design Build# #Green# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Mental Health Care# #Healthcare# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Subject Matter Expert# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom, Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendy-de-silva-764b0529/
There is no health without mental health' WHO.

Wendy de Silva is an award winning architect and accredited RIBA Client Advisor with over 30 years of industry experience. She has amassed a wealth of knowledge across a range of educational, commercial and residential projects, but her particular expertise is in healthcare design. She has extensive understanding of the mental health sector and has worked with clients who are at the forefront of best practices and she is passionate about service improvements. Her project work has been recognized with awards for innovation and for providing best in class mental health facilities. She has presented papers on mental health design at conferences in the UK and Scandinavia.

Wendy has also worked on a wide range of primary and community health facilities and is keenly interested in the integration of health and social care services. She has been involved in competition winning integrated health and housing developments in London regeneration areas and has worked as Technical Advisor to community based NHS Trusts.

Wendy’s involvement as a governor of UCLH FT from 2004-2011 also enabled her to gain excellent insight into the rapidly changing NHS environment and the pressures that Foundation Trusts currently face. She continues to serve on its Arts and Heritage Committee.

#Europe#
Rachel DeWitt

Associate Director, Sub-Sector Lead
Denver, CO

Rachel DeWitt
#Associate Director, Sub-Sector Lead# #All# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Public Outreach# #Subject Matter Expert#
Denver, Colorado, United States of America

Rachel DeWitt is IBI Learning+ lead. Rachel began this passion as a part of our education team in Houston, joined our team in Portland for 2016, and now currently is based out of our Denver office. She has an M.Ed from Texas A&M University, and is particularly interested in the impact space and place has on student cognition. As a former educator, Rachel has been a speaker at national and international conferences on various education topics. Rachel will be working with all of our senior leaders across the education practice to strategize how to move the education practice forward with particular focus on five key areas: business development, professional development, growth, innovation, and thought leadership.

Danny Brewster

Director | Office Lead
Houston, TX

Danny Brewster
#Director | Office Lead# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Office Lead# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Strategic Planning#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

Danny Brewster brings over 20 years of institutional and commercial architectural experience. He has successfully managed projects with tight constraints and budget parameters including new facilities, additions and renovations. He is involved in every project phase and has a reputation for effectively leading large, complex teams and creating sustainable solutions for clients. His commitment to thoughtful strategic planning encourages industry leadership.

Mojan Nozari

Associate, Project Manager
Vancouver, BC

Mojan Nozari
#Associate, Project Manager# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ##
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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