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Our People

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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Steven Thesier

Associate Director | Principal, Education
Binghamton, NY

Steven Thesier
#Associate Director | Principal, Education# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Office Lead# #Subject Matter Expert#
Binghamton, New York, United States of America

Steven Thesier has more than 26 years of experience with areas of specialty that include project management and project design for new construction and renovations, educational facilities planning, referendum planning for educational facilities, NYSED coordination on school projects, and NYS OGS project development and execution.

#North America#
Mark Humienny

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Raleigh, NC

Mark Humienny
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architectural Controls# #Architecture# ## #Architecture# #Automotive# #Industrial# ## #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Healthcare# #Industrial# #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Manufacturing# #Industrial# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Municipal Services# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Police & Fire Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ## #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ##
Raleigh, North Carolina, North America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-humienny-aia-leed-ap-7aa78b5b
I enjoy creating value for clients and opportunities for fellow employees.

Mr. Humienny is an experienced architect skilled in master planning, programming and building design. He’s designed and managed a diverse range of project types, including commercial offices and collaborative work places, higher-ed academic and athletic facilities, clinical and electronics laboratories, municipal operations centers, fleet maintenance and fueling facilities, warehouse distribution and flex facilities, commercial printing plants and senior living communities. Mr. Humienny is a LEED® Accredited professional with experience in achieving LEED® certified projects and sustainable designs. He’s served as an adjunct faculty member at North Carolina State University’s College of Design, where he taught analysis of environment and context as a design determinant. His approach to planning and design stresses the integration of building, site, and context with an emphasis on creating efficient and healthy work-place environments.

#North America#
Lorraine Bell

Independent Director | Chair of the Audit Committee

Lorraine Bell
#Independent Director | Chair of the Audit Committee# #All# #Board Member#
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Ms. Bell is the Chair of the Audit Committee of IBI Group Inc.. Ms. Bell is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience in the financial sector. Ms. Bell is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Governance Committee of Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. Ms. Bell is also a former member of the Board of Directors, the Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Human Resources and Governance Committee of the Ontario Financing Authority. She worked in capital markets for over 20 years at various firms and specialized in the derivatives market.

Ms. Bell is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, a member of the Board of Directors of the Associates of the University of Toronto, Inc. in New York City and a member of the Board of Directors of Hot Docs Foundation (USA) Inc. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors in Canada.

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Saif Zaidi

Associate, Sr. Project Manager
Dubai, UAE

Saif Zaidi
#Associate, Sr. Project Manager# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential#
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East
https://www.linkedin.com/in/saif-zaidi-oaa-49158422

Saif Zaidi is an Intern Architect (OAA) with over 15 years of comprehensive experience in architectural and interior design projects, responsible for concept and design to drawings through to execution. He has demonstrated expertise in conceptualizing, designing, contract management, project management, and business development.

Saif is the team lead for Hospitality & High-Rise Residential Interiors and has designed projects ranging from small residences to large scale mixed-use, retail, corporate office interiors, high-rise residential and hospitality. Working on design-build module projects has enabled him to provide practical design solutions and coordinate with multidisciplinary trades more effectively. His attention to detail and excellent problem solving skills ensure that every project he works on is completed on schedule and to the highest possible standard.

Andy Simpson

Associate Director | Principal, Architecture
Houston, TX

Andy Simpson
#Associate Director | Principal, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Education# #School# ## #Fire Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Police Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #Public Outreach# #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert#
Houston, Texas, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/fred-andrew-s-47ab456
Together, let’s make lasting places that delight and inspire the citizen leaders of tomorrow.

Andy brings over 27 years of professional experience and a keen interest in stakeholder consensus to educational and municipal projects. In addition to his focus on public school facilities in districts across Texas, Andy has led teams in the development of municipal facilities master plans and civic building designs, including police and fire stations and public works.

Andy has provided facility planning projections for cities and school districts, property condition assessments for commercial real estate developments, and building design visualizations for community support and funding initiatives.

Andy has served on the board of directors for multiple community service oriented organizations. He is a strong believer that the form of the built environment can be a great contributor to positive outcomes for student learning, public health and economic development. He is a licensed architect in the state of Texas.

Chuck Beamish

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Chuck Beamish
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Green# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Operations# #Parking# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Subject Matter Expert# #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Chuck Beamish has been the architect in charge of several transportation, healthcare, institutional and office building construction projects across Ontario. He has overseen the production of the majority of these facilities from schematic design through to the completion of construction.

As a result of his unique educational background, blending business management with architectural design, he has been able to play key roles in the development and production of capital planning models, facility audits, and feasibility and prohibitive cost studies for a variety of the following projects.
Along with strongly developed design skills, Chuck is known to lead a project through his ability to work within a team and to consensus build with clients, contractors, consultants and professional staff.

Joseph Fu

Associate | Manager, Structural Engineering
Toronto West, ON

Joseph Fu
#Associate | Manager, Structural Engineering# #All# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Structural Engineering# #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transportation#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

Joseph Fu counts over 20 years of experience in global structural engineering, project management and supervision on numerous projects. His experience spans a variety of sectors, including commercial, government, health sciences, manufacturing, residential, sports and entertainment, and transit. He has extensive experience in various building codes and standards, and is knowledgeable and proficient in numerous structural design programs. Joseph’s current project work is focused on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT where he is the IBI Group structural team lead, providing leadership for the structural team, ensuring the project delivers high-quality work in accordance with technical requirements, budgets, construction strategies, and project milestones.

#North America#
Tim McCormick

Associate Director - Practice Lead, Landscape Architecture
Waterloo, ON

Tim McCormick
#Associate Director - Practice Lead, Landscape Architecture# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Green# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Landscape Architecture# #Leader# #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Smart Cities#
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-mccormick-9188342a
With the increased urbanization of our towns and cities there is a continued need for us to be stewards of the environment and evolve how we protect and design the urban landscapes within them.

Tim is a passionate practitioner of Landscape Architecture and Arboriculture. Tim has a broad spectrum of experience that extends into the planning, design and construction of active transportation facilities, trails, complete streets, cultural heritage landscapes, parklands, urban parks, placemaking, green infrastructure, low impact design (LID), and arboriculture. His experience includes work with large and small municipalities, National Heritage sites, National Parks, development of city wide active transportation detailed design, community and public park design, public consultation, site remediation, environmental assessments, interpretative signage, stream restoration, and arboriculture across Canada. Tim endeavours to create inclusive spaces that foster a sense of community with comprehensive and interdisciplinary design solutions. His expertise in construction management and project implementation allow him to push the bounds of the design and create safe and implementable solutions that are not only unique but can be constructed.

#North America#
Deepak Darda

Global Director, Innovation
Toronto, ON

Deepak Darda
#Global Director, Innovation# #All# #Corporate# #Senior Management# ## #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Office Lead# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Senior Management# #Smart City Platform# #Smart Cities# ## #Systems# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

As the head of IBI Group’s Office of Innovation, Deepak is driving IBI’s transformational pivot to a technology-driven design firm through focused efforts catalyzing core growth, transforming IBI’s business models, exploring future tech disruptions in the industry, and fostering innovation. Deepak also leads IBI’s Smart City Sandbox initiative, a unique partnership between public- and private-sector industry leaders, whose goal, together with the start-up ecosystem, is to bring innovative new technology solutions to urban environments.

Prior to becoming the Global Director of Innovation, Deepak built IBI Group’s presence in India from the ground up into the significant contributor to the firm’s International operations that it is today. Deepak is an alum of the Harvard Business School and holds a Masters degree from Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelors degree from IIT Bombay.

 

#North America#
Susan Christensen

Associate Director | Office Lead
Binghamton, NY

Susan Christensen
#Associate Director | Office Lead# #All# #Education# #School# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Office Lead# #Subject Matter Expert#
Binghamton, New York, United States of America

Susan Christensen has over 15 years of experience in marketing management, e-commerce marketing, marketing communication, business development, and global brand management.

Stephen Sowa

Associate Principal | Education, Buildings
San Jose, CA

Stephen Sowa
#Associate Principal | Education, Buildings# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #Green# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Public Outreach# #Subject Matter Expert# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ##
San Jose, California, United States of America

Stephen Sowa, AIA LEED AP has been a project architect with IBI Group for the last 13 years, and has a total of 28 years of experience. He adds his passion through the design, and management of built projects through a collaborative effort with the client, stake holders, community leaders and staff. Included are his strong insights in sustainable, healthy environments and a commitment to decreasing our footprint into each project.

Joe Pettipas

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

Joe Pettipas
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Interior Design# #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Education# #School# ## #Entertainment Centre# #Commercial# ## #Healthcare# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Leader# #Library# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mental Health Care# #Healthcare# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Public Outreach# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-pettipas-47871ba/

With over three decades of broad experience, Joe has an innate understanding of the challenges facing corporate, hospitality, retail and healthcare clients today. His international experience in the Middle East, Asia, and across North America gives him an appreciation for the importance of brand and how it must be synthesized into the built environment for corporate success. Joe leads a creative and talented group of professionals focusing on the interior spaces within buildings that spans across Corporate Workplace, Transportation, Hospitality, Retail, Healthcare, Higher Education and Institutional arenas.

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