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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 2,700 difference makers is IBI’s Leadership team, setting out a compelling vision and guiding IBI Group towards the future.

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Cliff Brooks

Associate | Manager, Landscape Architecture
Knoxville, TN

Cliff Brooks
#Associate | Manager, Landscape Architecture# #All# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Landscape Architecture# #Leader# #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Placemaking# #Residential#
Knoxville, Tennessee,
Since joining IBI Group 13 years ago, Cliff has worked on a variety of projects, with a particular focus on higher education, streetscapes and trails. His experience includes private estates, mixed use development, housing, college campuses, municipalities, parks and historic sites. He enjoys the process of collaborating with clients and fellow designers to discover creative solutions which can satisfy multiple goals. Cliff has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and Masters of Landscape Architecture from Auburn University and is an active member of ASLA and SCUP.
#North America# #Southeast#
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Elvin Karpovich

Director, Planning and Landscape Architecture
Calgary, AB

Elvin Karpovich
#Director, Planning and Landscape Architecture# #All# #Architectural Controls# #Architecture# ## #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Development Engineering# #Land Use Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Landscape Architecture# #Leader# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines#
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Elvin Karpovich leads the IBI Group landscape design practice in Calgary, and oversees the administration of architectural design guidelines for approximately 18 communities across Calgary. He has assembled a diverse list of projects over his 20 years of experience, including land use planning, land design, urban design, urban landscape architectural design, and land development policies, guidelines, and standards. His project experience includes working with the federal, provincial, and municipal governments, the land development industry, and private corporations.
#North America#
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Susan Christensen

Director | Operations, USA East
Binghamton, NY

Susan Christensen
#Director | Operations, USA East# #All# #Education# #School# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #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.
#North America# #Northeast#
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Demetrius Yannoulopoulos

Director | Office Lead
Ottawa, ON

Demetrius Yannoulopoulos
#Director | Office Lead# #All# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Leader# #Municipal Services# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Office Lead# #Water / Wastewater# #Industrial# ##
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/demetrius-yannoulopoulos-83277286
Demetrius Yannoulopoulos is a Professional Engineer in Ontario with over 30 years of experience in civil engineering in both Land Development and Municipal Engineering. He is currently Project Director for a number of land development engineering studies and detail design projects, all based out of the Ottawa office. His Municipal Engineering experience includes design of road and infrastructure renewal projects in both Ottawa and Kingston. He has served as Municipal Engineer for various smaller municipalities reviewing development plans and providing general engineering advice to councils. public sector projects include infrastructure renewal for DND, and Correctional Services Canada. In addition to the various projects Demetrius has completed over the years, he has also assisted the civil engineering field in both the public and private realms by sitting on various engineering committees and serving on the executive of the Kingston Home Builders Association.
#North America#
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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# #Pacific West#
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Gennady Kofman

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Calgary, AB

Gennady Kofman
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Healthcare# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Industrial# #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ##
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
https://ca.linkedin.com/in/gennady-kofman-1454586
Gennady has over 25 years of experience in architectural technology and design. His past experience includes establishing office quality standards, leading office production teams and operations management. Mr. Kofman has been involved in educational, office, residential, mixed-use, commercial, retail and industrial projects.
#North America#
Octavio Jimenez

Associate | Manager, Transportation Planning
Mexico City, Mexico

Octavio Jimenez
#Associate | Manager, Transportation Planning# #All# #Spanish Regional# #Systems# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ##
Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America
Octavio Jiminez is a Civil Engineer from the Technological Institute of Durango, Mexico. Octavio also holds a Masters Degree in Transportation Systems from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He has more than six years of experience related to transportation modeling topics and has developed demand models for urban highways in different countries, as well as micro-level models for modal transfer stations and development of road impact studies for large developments. In matters related to regional mobility plans, Octavio has collaborated in the diagnosis and development of urban strategies and their application in different time frames for the Panama City PIMUS. In relation to large-scale urban projects, Octavio has participated in mobility studies for CETRAM Chapultepec, which includes not only the impact that will result in the restructuring of CETRAM itself but also analyzes the road impact to be had in the area, caused by future large-scale developments, as well as the relevant infrastructure changes.
#Latin America#
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Carys Fisher

Studio Director
Cardiff, UK

Carys Fisher
#Studio Director# #Acute Care# #Healthcare# ## #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Healthcare# ## #Architectural Controls# #Architecture# ## #Architecture# #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Healthcare# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Master Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #UK Regional#
Cardiff, United Kingdom,
https://uk.linkedin.com/in/carys-fisher-a41a4451
Carys is a qualified architect demonstrating experience predominantly in the education and healthcare sectors. Her broad skill base means she is a key asset to any design team throughout the project lifecycle. In Education, Carys is familiar with the aspirations of primary and secondary schools, as well as FE Colleges and Universities. She has effectively led and supported on the delivery of EFA funded projects by developing excellent consultant, stakeholder and client relationships. Following the completion of the academic paper and acclaimed HEAD Study (Holistic Evidence And Design) carried out by Professor Peter Barrett, Carys has played a leading role in developing the practical application of this research through IBI TH!NK, our in-house research & development team, culminating in the ‘Clever Classroom’ optimised design and the ‘School Assessment Toolkit’. She has been an active member of the Constructing Excellence in Wales working group, which has been instrumental in developing the 21st Century Schools Post Occupancy Evaluation process entitled ‘Brighter Spaces, Engaging Schools’.
#United Kingdom#
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David Hastings

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

David Hastings
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
David Hastings has been practicing architecture in Ontario for over 30 years. He is responsible for IBI Group’s architecture and interior design practice in the Greater Toronto Area, providing overall direction and day-to-day leadership on selected major architectural and urban planning assignments that involve the integration of the diverse areas of practice. David’s projects have gained a significant reputation for high-quality design and responsible execution, and have been recognized in several international design journals. He is a recipient of the Governor General’s Medal for Architecture in Canada.
#North America#
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Ola Ferm

Associate Director | Office Lead, Raleigh
Raleigh, NC

Ola Ferm
#Associate Director | Office Lead, Raleigh# #All# #Architecture# #Automotive# #Industrial# ## #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Fire Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Industrial# #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Land Use Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Master Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Office Lead# #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ##
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America
Ola is the Office Lead for the Raleigh, NC office. As an architect, he is leading the way in growing IBI Group in commercial, transit and educational based projects, and helping grow our footprint in the region, and along the west coast. Ola has been practicing architecture and building client relationships for 25 years.
#North America# #Southeast#
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Ashish Ghate

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Urban Design / Planning
Toronto, ON

Ashish Ghate
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Urban Design / Planning# #All# #Green# #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Master Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Water Resources Management# #Industrial# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashish-ghate-3a48441a/
With a background in Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Ashish Ghate brings a keen eye for good urban form and the complexities of city building to his role as a project manager and urban designer/planner. Ashish has worked on a variety of master planning and site planning projects based in North, Central and South America, Middle East, Eastern Europe, and India. His experience includes all aspects of project development and spans multiple scales ranging from regional plans, master plans, transit-oriented-design, streetscape master plans, urban intensification projects and guidelines focusing on policy as well as detailed design standards. Ashish’s impressive portfolio includes a number projects focused on the importance of urban design and the balance between functional and aesthetic concerns of a project. Whereas his architectural background brings a solid building typology and infrastructure knowledge base to his work.
#North America#
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Sylvia Hajo

Sr. Associate Principal | Interior Design, Buildings
Houston, TX

Sylvia Hajo
#Sr. Associate Principal | Interior Design, Buildings# #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Education# #School# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Specialized Learning# #School# #Education# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Houston, Texas, United States of America
Sylvia Hajo has over 20 years of interior design experience, with a specialization in the design of spaces for educational, commercial, health care and institutional clients. Her primary responsibilities include: design management of the project, design collaboration with client, creating interior design concepts, specifying furniture and fixtures, equipment , managing the interior design process including all furniture selections and specifications, overseeing interior project schedules, and adhering to furniture/fabrics/accessories project budgets. Sylvia is conscientious, precise, and is known as an effective communicator with client and stakeholder groups.
#North America# #Southeast#
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