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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.

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Sam Hickey

Associate - Manager, Transit Data
Seattle, WA

Sam Hickey
#Associate - Manager, Transit Data# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Data Analytics# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Transportation# #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Seattle, Washington, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuelhickey
Sam has over eight years of experience working with transit real-time passenger information systems and CAD/AVL systems. Sam leads the implementation and operations and maintenance of IBI Group’s transit data suite of software for clients including TransLink (Vancouver), Los Angeles Metro, and RTD (Denver). This suite of software includes TRANSIT-alerts, which is used to enter, manage, and disseminate service alerts, and TRANSIT-realtime, which aggregates, manages, and disseminates real-time locations and predictions. Sam also has a focus on real-time passenger information systems for rail and has designed and developed light rail and commuter rail real-time passenger information systems for RTD (Denver), SunRail (Orlando), and NFTA (Buffalo). Prior to joining IBI Group in 2015, Sam worked for the MBTA (Boston) for over four years. At the MBTA he designed and developed software that generated real-time arrival predictions for the subway lines and published the predictions on countdown signs and for app developers, served as system administrator for the bus CAD/AVL system, and managed the MBTA’s GTFS data. Sam has a Master’s degree in Transportation and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.
#North America# #Pacific West#
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John Ariens

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Planning
Hamilton, ON

John Ariens
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Planning# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# ## #Development Engineering# #Leader# #Municipal Services# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Subject Matter Expert# #Water Resources Management# #Industrial# ##
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
John Ariens is independently responsible for representing the interests of development clients, both public and private, through the planning and development process for the Hamilton office. He coordinates all aspects of the development process starting at the initial design through municipal approval to engineering design, registration and construction. John is responsible for negotiations and liaison with the various levels of government and technical review agencies as well as coordinating the efforts of professionals, such as lawyers, engineers, and surveyors. This area of practice has brought John before many Municipal and Regional Committees and Councils, Conservation Authorities, Niagara Escarpment Commission and the Ontario Municipal Board as an expert witness.
#North America#
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John Perks, MBA, P.Eng.

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Infrastructure
Waterloo, ON

John Perks, MBA, P.Eng.
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Infrastructure# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Development Engineering# ## #Leader# #Municipal Services# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Water / Wastewater# #Industrial# ##
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-torrance-perks-mba-p-eng-2349b1b/
John Perks is designated by PEO as a Consulting Engineer (Ontario) and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration. He has over 25 years of experience as a project manager and senior engineer for a diversity of transportation and municipal projects involving feasibility studies, Class Environmental Assessments, functional, preliminary and final designs, contract preparation, and construction administration and inspection. His project work includes both new and reconstruction of existing civil infrastructure. This broad experience across many municipalities has provided John with the ability to large, manage multidisciplinary projects and understand the complexities of public, political, approval agency and municipal pressures and requirements on a project. John is also one of the few Region of Waterloo approved acoustical engineers and has completed the MOE noise assessment course as well as numerous seminars with expertise acoustical studies for both road and rail transportation, and stationary noise sources.
#North America#
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Roxana Forliti

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

Roxana Forliti
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Roxana has 20 years of total experience including 12 years of experience with IBI Group. Her most notable projects include the private residences at Hotel Georgia in Vancouver and 41 East Hastings – a project that was designed to meet LEED Gold certification and achieved this status in February 2018. Roxana is a Registered Architect in Mexico and is currently an intern architect in Vancouver. She received the best innovative feature award in 2012 for her work with the private residences at Hotel Georgia. Her most notable current project is Sun Towers in Burnaby. As the Project Manager, she has worked on the project from the design development stage and has provided coordination to ensure the architectural design met with the consultant requirements.
#North America#
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James Kros

Associate, Landscape Architect
Boston, MA

James Kros
#Associate, Landscape Architect# #All# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Data Centre# #Commercial# #Office# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Landscape Architecture# #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ## #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Wayfinding & Signage#
Boston, Massachusetts, North America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-kros-a2064613/
James Kros joined the professional staff of IBI Placemaking as an Associate in the fall of 2007. He brings to his role strong leadership experience directing complex projects, from concept design through construction documents and permitting to fully operational status. His varied project types include corporate and healthcare campuses, parks and open space, mixed-use developments, streetscapes, public housing, colleges and universities, as well as work in the Middle East and around the world for the U.S. government.
#North America# #Northeast#
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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.
#North America#
Stephen Albanese

Associate | Manager, Planning
Toronto, ON

Stephen Albanese
#Associate | Manager, Planning# #All# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Industrial# #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ## #Smart Cities# #Strategic Planning#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-albanese-38372395/
Stephen Albanese is an Associate Manager with IBI Group’s Planning practice. Stephen is well-versed in the planning framework guiding land use and development. Supported by a great team of planners, he has successfully obtained/coordinated development and planning approvals for large-scale development projects involving numerous disciplines and teams of sub-consultants. He has undertaken several master planning exercises, policy reviews, statistical analyses, and planning due diligence exercises. In consideration of his development and land use planning experience, Stephen has also completed numerous highest and best-use analyses and represented clients before Council/Committee throughout the public consultation process.
#North America#
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Erin King

Associate - Manager, Intelligent Transportation Systems
Seattle, WA

Erin King
#Associate - Manager, Intelligent Transportation Systems# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Smart Cities# #Strategic Planning# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Transit Planning# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ##
Seattle, Washington, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/erinsking/
Erin is a strategic planning and smart cities specialist working to transform cities and communities to become more livable through the effective application of technology, with a particular focus on the health, welfare, and success of people in those communities. She has spent the last 10 years as a technology analyst, strategic planner, and project manager working with cities, regions, and transportation and transit agencies planning for, designing, implementing and deploying technology solutions, with an emphasis on mobility. Her focus has been on solving our clients’ problems through communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Erin is also a leader within our Smart Cities practice working with smart mobility engineers, urban planners, and software developers to identify, pursue, and implement smart projects throughout North America. Erin’s smart mobility experience includes both management and strategic planning roles in the development of advanced transportation technologies and solutions that cover all modes.
#North America# #Pacific West#
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Mel Johnson

Director
Edmonton, AB

Mel Johnson
#Director# #All# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Leader# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ##
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Mel Johnson is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience specializing in the engineering design, construction, contract administration, and project management of residential, commercial, and industrial land development projects in the greater Edmonton area. He is involved in managing the civil engineering department which includes over 40 full-time engineers, technical, and administrative staff. Mel is experienced in working with numerous private/municipal land developers and licensing/approving authorities through all elements of the land development process.
#North America#
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Maarit Heinonen-Smith

Studio Associate Director
London, UK

Maarit Heinonen-Smith
#Studio Associate Director# #All# #Design Build# #Green# #Healthy New Towns# #Healthcare# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Leader# #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mental Health Care# #Healthcare# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ## #Spiritual Places# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Church# ## #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom,
https://www.linkedin.com/in/maarit-heinonen-smith-65a3b4b6/
Maarit is an experienced, Chartered Architect with years of experience in high profile and award-winning sheltered and extra care housing, retirement villages and care homes located throughout the UK. Maarit specializes in architecture and design for over 55’s, designing bespoke and inspiring residential architecture which allows for flexibility within the design for changing needs and individuality of the residents with a consideration to their health and well-being. Each design is a unique response to the site and brief, and developed through a dialogue with clients and end-users. During her career, her designs have achieved several awards for design quality, most recently at Healthcare Design Awards 2018 and Housing Design Awards 2017. Maarit has designed retirement living developments worth £20m+ in value. Working with some of the largest local authorities, charities, housing associations and private developers in the UK, her knowledge has provided her with the best practice knowledge and innovation in this sector.
#United Kingdom#
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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# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #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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John Byrne

Director | Office Lead
Edmonton, AB

John Byrne
#Director | Office Lead# #All# #Development Engineering# #Geomatics / Land Surveying# #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Leader# #Office Lead# #Planning & Urban Design# #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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