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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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Samson Li P.Eng

Associate | Manager, Tunnel Ventilation
Vancouver, BC

Samson Li P.Eng
#Associate | Manager, Tunnel Ventilation# #All# #Rail# #Transportation# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transportation#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Mr. Samson Li is a Professional Mechanical Engineer with over 10 years of experience in designing, specifying, and coordinating Tunnel Ventilation Systems (TVS) for various rail transit projects throughout his career; heavily involved throughout the life-cycle from design, specification, installation, to testing and commissioning of the TVS for these rapid transit projects. He also has many years of producing and reviewing fire simulation models for transit projects, and is familiar with the programs and standards involved. Having produced both mechanical and architectural drawings, combined with the experience of working with several senior architects and engineers during his career, it has provided him an understanding of the required integration and coordination of tunnel ventilation systems within transit station design. Samson has also been in the position of site engineer and coordinator for a considerable amount of time during his career, gaining him knowledge in general construction and equipment maintenance. He has also held the roles of ‘Tunnel Ventilation team lead’ and ‘Mechanical Tunnel Ventilation Supervisor’, and applied the knowledge and skills he has obtained to lead a team of CFD fire modelers and TVS designers.
#North America#
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Rick Mello

Associate Director - Principal, Architecture
San Luis Obispo, CA

Rick Mello
#Associate Director - Principal, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Education# #School# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Office Lead# #Subject Matter Expert#
San Luis Obispo, California, United States of America
Rick Mello has grown to become a firm-wide resource for Quality Documents and Construction Administration. With over 25 years of professional experience, he brings the confidence and knowledge of a veteran to the volatile construction process. Rick has performed Construction Administration services on institutional projects including health care and public facilities. He leads the Construction Administration and sets the standards and develops the tools by which we function.
#North America# #Pacific West#
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John Knape

Frameworks Director
Rochdale, UK

John Knape
#Frameworks Director# #Acute Care# #Healthcare# ## #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Healthcare# ## #Architecture# #Design Build# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Leader# #Oncology# #Healthcare# ## #Pediatrics# #Healthcare# ## #Project / Programme Management# #UK Regional#
Rochdale, United Kingdom,
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.
#United Kingdom#
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Paul Whittlestone

Global Director, IBI Healthcare+
London, UK

Paul Whittlestone
#Global Director, IBI Healthcare+# #All# #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Leader# #Regional / Sectoral# #Senior Management# ## #Senior Management# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom,
As Global Director of IBI Healthcare+, Paul Whittlestone leads a multidisciplinary team of experts in healthcare strategy, the design of healthcare buildings and infrastructure, and the application of intelligent systems to the delivery of healthcare solutions. This expertise is drawn from IBI offices around the globe and provides our clients with innovative solutions to the increasingly challenging problem of delivering high-quality, affordable and sustainable healthcare services. Paul has over 30 years of experience working on healthcare projects around the world. During this time he has been involved in several major clinical reconfiguration exercises across both whole healthcare systems and individual hospitals, as well as contributing to and leading on the investment of several billion USD in the redevelopment of healthcare infrastructure, including major new hospital projects in the UK, Europe, North America, Australia and the Far East.
#United Kingdom#
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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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Jason Jenkins

Associate | Manager, Land Engineering
Markham, ON

Jason Jenkins
#Associate | Manager, Land Engineering# #All# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Leader#
Markham, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-jenkins-p-eng-p-e-ab68aa21/
Jason is a civil engineer with over 20 years of consulting experience which is largely focused in land development and municipal engineering. He attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering in 1999. He is a licensed member of the Association of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) as well as a licensed member of the Board of Professional Engineers of California. Throughout his career, Jason has designed and managed a variety of projects including gas stations, office parks, industrial sites, retail developments, and residential projects of varying size. He has worked with clients such as Toronto Community Housing, Toronto Port Authority, Starbucks, Shell, Chevron, Home Depot, and Toys R Us. He is experienced in site servicing design, grading design, earthwork calculations, and design coordination.
#North America#
Emma White

Director
London, UK

Emma White
#Director# #All# #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Leader# #Office Lead# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom,
Emma White is a qualified architect and a recognized specialist in healthcare design, working on £1 billion+ health schemes in the UK and Canada. Her experience at the successful set-up and delivery of these large-scale projects has led to her responsibilities broadening within IBI Group to overseeing QA and Process Improvements. Emma is a confident leader, successfully managing complex supply chain and stakeholder groups. She is experienced at managing large teams in the design and construction of healthcare facilities, and applies her in-depth knowledge in the development and implementation of design processes, schedules and protocols to assist in the management, and coordination of projects. Notable projects include the Queen Elizabeth University & Royal Hospital for Children and the Peterborough City Hospital, which was successfully delivered three months early. Focused on programme, budget and design excellence, she will always strive to deliver cutting-edge healthcare facilities.
#United Kingdom#
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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.
#Midwest# #North America#
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Steven Butler, PE

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Cincinnati, OH

Steven Butler, PE
#Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Project / Programme Management# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ##
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
Steven Butler has over ten years of civil engineering experience, with emphasis in structural design. He has evaluated and developed superstructure and sub-structure plans for a variety of bridges within the states of Ohio and West Virginia. His experience extends to all phases of civil engineering projects, including preliminary studies and reports, site surveys and investigations, specifications, quantity take-offs, and cost estimates. Steven’s work includes bridge design, inspection, replacement, rehabilitation and review projects, where his deliverables include the design of superstructures, substructures, and miscellaneous details along with site layout and minor roadway items.
#Midwest# #North America#
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Amy Shepherd

Associate | Manager, Planning
Toronto, ON

Amy Shepherd
#Associate | Manager, Planning# #All# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Industrial# #Land Use Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Amy Shepherd is a certified planner with over 15 years of experience. She specializes in strategic land and realty asset planning, Transit Oriented Development, policy and community needs assessments. She has undertaken policy reviews, led multidisciplinary master planning exercises, prepared market assessments and growth strategies, assisted with site selection and obtained development approvals on behalf of public, private and institutional clients. Amy also has extensive experience with the formation and execution of inclusive consultation strategies, and has led surveys, focus groups, stakeholder interviews, public open houses and prepared media releases and marketing/information packages.
#North America#
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Pauline Ho

Associate | Manager, Landscape Architecture
Toronto, ON

Pauline Ho
#Associate | Manager, Landscape Architecture# #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Landscape Architecture# #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Residential#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Pauline Ho is a Landscape Architect with 20 years of professional experience in design and management of a variety of public and private sector works including parks/open spaces, institutional, large scale residential projects, and health care facilities. She has acquired a deep understanding of the design process from concept to design development on both international and local work. Pauline has also been involved in the coordination of sub-consultants and leads the documentation team with the preparation of detailed design, construction documents, presentation drawings and contract administration work.
#North America#
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Kanchan Nautiyal

Associate | General Manager
New Delhi, India

Kanchan Nautiyal
#Associate | General Manager# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Data Centre# #Commercial# #Office# ## #Education# #School# ## #Energy# #Information & Communications Technology# #ICT# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mobile Technology# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Municipal Infrastructure# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Smart Cities# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ##
New Delhi, India, Asia
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kanchan-nautiyal-24105211/
Ms. Nautiyal holds a Master’s degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering. She has over 13 years of experience in the field of Broadband Communication, Fibre optic Networking, and Telecommunication Engineering working on global projects including in Canada, USA, North Africa, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Montenegro, and India among others. Ms. Nautiyal has a diversified experience of inside and outside plant communication systems design to support voice, data and video services for a mix of private, municipal and government clients. She has been involved in complete lifecycle of projects including stakeholder’s consultation, detailed designs, bid process management, construction and contract supervision and commissioning. Further, she has an extensive experience in designing and implementing Intelligent buildings and Smart Communities and has worked directly with agencies looking to push broadband communications deeper into rural communities, such as York Telecom Network (Canada) and Bharatnet Broadband (India).
#Asia#