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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 3,000 difference makers is IBI’s Leadership team, setting out a compelling vision and guiding IBI Group towards the future.

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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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Paula Lappas

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

Paula Lappas
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Interior Design# #All# #Architecture# #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Office# #Commercial# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Paula Lappas has 15 years of intensive multidisciplinary experience in architecture, planning and interior design. Her architectural background brings solid knowledge on built form modules and allows ultimate flexibility in developing and creating highly progressive and innovative solutions in any environment. As a senior designer, she has participated on several larger scale projects ensuring a highly creative and detailed quality in designing interiors and coordinated with the functional and technical aspects of the projects. As a passionate, energetic, efficient and organized professional, she processes excellent communications, sound project management skills and a team spirited personality.
#North America#
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David Nicholas

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

David Nicholas
#Associate Director | Principal, Landscape Architecture# #All# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Landscape Architecture# #Leader# #Master Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Public Outreach# #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ##
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.
#Mountain West# #North America#
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John Byrne

Director | Office Lead
Edmonton, AB

John Byrne
#Director | Office Lead# #All# #Development Engineering# #Geomatics / Land Surveying# #Land Use Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Leader# #Office Lead# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Spatial Intelligence# #GIS# #Geographic Information System# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ##
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnbyrne-9956627b
We enjoy the challenge of finding unique solutions to our clients survey and land-tenure needs. We pride ourselves in providing the best solution, whether high-tech or traditional.
John Byrne is a leader in IBI Group’s Geomatics offering, specializing in Land Survey Services. He has been involved with virtually every new technology in surveying over the last 45 years, including first generation Satellite systems (Doppler), Offshore navigation, GPS and continues to be involved with the changes in technology with Drones and Digital scanning systems. John has been involved with the development of digital Cadastral bases across Canada and was involved in both the Parcel (Provincial) mapping of Alberta and the municipal mapping as well. A key component of his expertise is related to helping develop methods with in the Land Titles system to bringing a project to market both delivery of title and separate financing of various components of a multi-use project. He has also been recognized as an expert witness by the Alberta Court of Queen’s bench as it relates to planning processes.
#North America#
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Robert Aeck

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Structural Engineering
Southfield, MI

Robert Aeck
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Structural Engineering# #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
https://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.
#Midwest# #North America#
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Rachel Vesz

Urban Designer
Toronto, ON

Rachel Vesz
#Urban Designer# #All# #Land Use Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Master Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-vesz-27a543116
Rachel is an Urban Planning graduate, specializing in Urban Design. In her role with IBI Group, Rachel has a passion for creating vibrant community master plans, rooted in an understanding of planning best practices and innovative urban design. She has experience working on a diverse range of local and international projects with IBI Group, with project experience related to streetscape master planning, community master planning, public realm design, transit-oriented development, block and site planning and high-quality urban design, among others. Rachel is also experienced in public consultation, having worked with a variety of communities in effectively engaging their citizens using technology-based approaches.
#North America#
Garry Howard

Studio Director
London, UK

Garry Howard
#Studio Director# #Acute Care# #Healthcare# ## #All# #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Leader# #Mental Health Care# #Healthcare# ## #P3# #Public Outreach# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom,
Garry Howard is a talented designer, skilled at executing complex design exercises for both the healthcare and education sector. An active listener, Garry works closely with clients to translate their aspirations into a robust brief. He engages all stakeholders to ensure a comprehensive and creative solution with a keen interest in providing a sustainable design. Garry’s involvement in PFI projects has made the most of his ability to conceptualise highly complicated schemes. His expertise lies in visualising ideas with speed and accuracy, allowing new designs to be explored with ease. With a history of leading large design teams and consortia, Garry is confident at delivering projects of any size and at all stages of design and procurement. In healthcare, Garry offers a great depth of experience, from complex acute hospitals to smaller, specialist mental health facilities. With a good understanding of healthcare planning, he has been able to offer clients creative solutions that meet their ‘model of care’ whilst designing-in both flexibility and expansion opportunities for future change. In education, Garry has worked with Colleges, including specialist agricultural schools and Local Authorities to develop designs that are cost-effective and adaptable whilst providing environments that help foster a positive learning experience.
#United Kingdom#
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Ross Parker

Associate Principal | Education, Buildings
Seattle, WA

Ross Parker
#Associate Principal | Education, Buildings# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ##
Seattle, Washington, North America
Ross is a senior architect and learning environment planner with more than 30 years of experience, with the past 20 years specializing in educational architecture. He is highly experienced in all phases of projects, from visioning through to final completion; and in a wide variety of project sizes, including new construction, renovation, historic preservation and reuse, and STEM focused schools. A seasoned advocate for K-12 education, he has seen two of his projects recognized by the CEFPI (now A4LE) James D. MacConnell Awards committee. Ross is passionate about using design to connect students to their learning and natural environment and is a strong proponent of inclusive and culturally relevant community engagement for schools. His volunteer efforts include “working the phones” in support of school districts’ capital bond measures, local food banks and community non-profits, and speaking engagements at educational design conferences.
#North America# #Pacific West#
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Emma Chown

Consultant
Manchester, UK

Emma Chown
#Consultant# #All# #Placemaking# #Spatial Intelligence# #GIS# #Geographic Information System# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Manchester, United Kingdom,
Emma is a consultant focusing on spatial data and mapping, supporting IBI Group’s broad portfolio of projects across the transport and urban development sectors. Her expertise in Spatial Intelligence includes data management, analysis and visualisation. She has applied this expertise to a range of projects including Travel Demand Management projects for Transport for London and Highways England, and Master planning projects both locally and internationally. Through IBI Group’s Pocket R&D Initiative she developed SiteiQ, a GIS based tool to assist site analysis in all of IBI Group’s practice areas, allowing users to comprehensively review a site, in situ, by means of geolocation, photography and constraint information. As Regional GIS lead for our International Offices Emma creates and coordinates a range of global GIS initiatives. These aim to promote and increase the use of Spatial Intelligence across the firm and bring together GIS professionals throughout the company.
#United Kingdom#
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Guy Pearson

Studio Principal
Manchester, UK

Guy Pearson
#Studio Principal# #All# #Architecture# #Green# #Master Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ## #UK Regional#
Manchester, United Kingdom,
Guy Pearson is a qualified architect and urban designer. His interest and skills lie in the links between the two disciplines, including master planning and designing mixed use, high density urban neighbourhoods. Guy is an advocate of sustainable design to create liveable, healthy communities.
#United Kingdom#
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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 Infrastructure# #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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Lisa D'Abbondanza

Director - Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Lisa D'Abbondanza
#Director - Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Education# #School# ## #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ## #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Lisa D’Abbondanza LEED AP is a Registered Architect in the Toronto office Transit Architecture studio. With over 20 years of experience, her ability to understand and implement rigorous design, management and construction standards has allowed her to successfully serve major institutional clients and municipalities and develop her skills as both a Design Architect and Project Manager. Lisa’s specialization in Transit Architecture began with the award-winning modernization of the TTC Victoria Park Station and Bus Terminal. Lisa played an integral role on the recently completed western segment of the Mississauga Bus Rapid Transit Line consisting of eight transit stations. She is currently the system-wide Architectural Lead for the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit Line consisting of 15 transit stations and ten surface stops. Lisa is a member of Ontario Association of Architects, Canada Green Building Council, Toronto Society of Architecture, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and Women in Transportation Society.
#North America#