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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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Visweswara Rao Gantasala

Digital Solutions Lead
Hyderabad, India

Visweswara Rao Gantasala
#Digital Solutions Lead# #Advanced Traffic Management System# #Transportation# #ATMS# ## #All# #Data Analytics# #Leader# #Mobile Technology# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Smart Cities# #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Hyderabad, India, Asia
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gantasala/
The biggest strength of IBI is its philosophy of looking at the cities from the dimension of a citizen while working for the betterment of the cities.
Visweswara (Vissu) joined IBI Group as a Transportation Systems Engineer in 2007, fresh out of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. As one of IBI India’s first hires, he began his career working on tolling and highway Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) implementation projects. Over the last 15 years, he has completed numerous complicated projects in both the consulting and systems implementation domains. With his zest for innovation motivated by actual field application, he played a crucial role in establishing IBI Group as a Systems Technology Leader in the region by completing multiple large projects. The Indore BRT Project—the firm’s first World Bank-funded project in India, which helped the firm secure a stream of World Bank contracts in the years that followed; and the Hyderabad ITMS Project—which aided IBI in building the Software Development practice in Hyderabad, allowing him to contribute to the firm’s new direction. At present, he is very actively involved in transforming the company along with the leadership team towards the aim of making IBI a Technology-Driven Design Firm under IBI’s Digital/ PIVOT initiative. His goal is to make IBI synonymous with Software Product Technology in the domains of Intelligence, Buildings, and Infrastructure.
#Asia#
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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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Kareem Negm

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

Kareem Negm
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Commercial# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Smart Cities#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kareemnegm/
I aspire to create a new paradigm for the built environment where beautiful, high-performance architecture, resilient urbanism, and propositions such as experience design and biomimicry, interact symbiotically.
Kareem is a registered architect and LEED AP with 20 years of experience. He successfully led multiple teams in the delivery of several multimillion-dollar projects in BC and internationally. He possesses exceptional design, analytical, and communication skills, and his areas of expertise include client liaison, concept generation, and sustainable design. Kareem was brought on to contribute extensive wood-frame project experience to IBI’s Living+ team. This includes spearheading internal professional development, bolstering BD efforts, as well as upholding technical standards. Kareem holds a joint master’s degree in Digital Media from UBC, SFU, ECUAD, BCIT, as well as BSc in Architectural Engineering & Environmental Design. He currently sits on the District of Squamish Advisory Design Panel.
#North 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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Terry Ruszczak

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Contract Administration
Toronto, ON

Terry Ruszczak
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Contract Administration# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Terry Ruszczak is a dedicated, results-oriented, energetic and creative Architectural Technologist, with 35 years of experience in contract administration/field inspection, with an emphasis on project management and leadership. He directs the drafting team for working drawings, tendering, shop drawing review and monitored/inspected the project on-site as liaison between the client, consultants and contractors. He is commended for his communication with multiple stakeholders in the implementation of designs into construction documents. Comprehensive knowledge of building science principles, construction methods and techniques and his understanding of zoning by-laws allow for Terry’s unique and creative ability to execute accurate working drawings for building permit application and construction maintaining the highest levels of Life Safety.
#North America#
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Jonathan Darton

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, System Engineering
Calgary, AB

Jonathan Darton
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, System Engineering# #All# #Data Analytics# #Information & Communications Technology# #ICT# ## #Leader# #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Operations# #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Traffic Engineering# #Transportation# #Traffic Management# ## #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #TravelIQ# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-darton/
Jonathan Darton BCOMM, ISP, ITCP has 15 years of experience in the areas of Intelligent System design, development, and implementation. Jonathan has been actively engaged with stakeholders for many ITS, TMC and systems related projects including ATMS, ATIS, Data Acquisition, and Data Warehousing systems. Jonathan manages the Canada West Intelligent Systems Solutions team which provides service to clients throughout Canada and internationally. He holds the Information System Professional (ISP) and ITCP designations from Canada?s Institute of Information Technology Professionals and is currently serving as Co-chair of the ITS Canada ATMS Technical Committee.
#North America#
Laura Carroll

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Houston, TX

Laura Carroll
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Project / Programme Management#
Houston, Texas, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-carroll-aia-90683485
Laura Carroll is a registered architect with over 19 years’ experience. She has successfully worked on numerous educational, religious, commercial and historic preservation projects, with an emphasis on PreK-12 educational work. Laura’s ability to understand and meet the needs and goals of her clients and her ability to provide creative design solutions for difficult problems have been invaluable to the success of her projects. Notable examples of Laura’s educational work include the following: Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Middle School 20, Bridgeland High School, Wells Elementary School, Anthony Middle School, Travis Intermediate School Masonry Replacement and numerous renovations to campuses throughout the greater Houston area.
#North America# #Southeast#
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Leslie Ackerman

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Leslie Ackerman
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Living+# #Residential# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Mrs. Ackerman graduated on the Dean’s List from Ryerson University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Architectural Science. She has obtained her Project Management Professional (PMP)® and LEED® Accredited Professional credentials. With over 12 years of experience in high-rise residential design, Leslie has managed various condominium, rental building and school residence projects. Her involvement ranges from feasibility and conceptual design through to construction administration.
#North America#
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Lydia La Point

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Irvine, CA

Lydia La Point
#Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering# #All# #Engineering# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ##
Irvine, California, United States of America
As a Transportation Engineer in the Irvine office, Lydia La Point has performed traffic impact analyses, computer modeling, and quality control for several transit projects. She was also involved in the production of cost estimates for traffic signal components and roadway striping in signalized intersections.
#North America# #Pacific West#
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Danielle Barnard-Groves

Studio Associate Director
London, UK

Danielle Barnard-Groves
#Studio Associate Director# #All# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Healthcare# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Master Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mental Health Care# #Healthcare# ##
London, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Danielle is a South African born architect with 20 years of experience in the education and healthcare sectors in the United Kingdom. Her technical proficiency and strong leadership have enabled her to lead the successful completion of projects on site. She firmly believes that the initial vision and spirit of the design conceived at the inception stage of a project, and the quality in the execution of the design should prevail during the construction phase. Her experience has garnered her invaluable communication skills, and knowledge of statutory regulations to effectively problem solve and relay design resolutions to stakeholders, end-users and contractors. The projects she has worked on vary between £30 million to £750 million in value. Notable projects include the Children’s Atrium at the Queen Elizabeth University & Royal Hospital for Children, Nine Elms Primary School, Heathlands Dementia Care Home and the Pears Maudsley Children’s and Young Person’s Centre.
#United Kingdom#
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Ryan Tomas

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Engineering
Edmonton, AB

Ryan Tomas
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Engineering# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# ## #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Leader# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach#
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-tomas-ab2866a7/
Ryan Tomas is a Professional Engineer with over 20 years of experience in municipal engineering and land development. Ryan has provided preliminary and detailed engineering design, project management, contract administration, construction supervision, and surveying for various projects throughout the City of Edmonton and surrounding area.
#North America#
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Mark Bendix

Director | Operations
Toronto West, ON

Mark Bendix
#Director | Operations# #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Automotive# #Industrial# ## #Bridge Engineering# #Transportation# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# ## #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# ## #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Energy Solutions# #Engineering# #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Industrial# #Land Use Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Manufacturing# #Industrial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Office Lead# #Parking# #Project / Programme Management# #Strategic Planning# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ## #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Transit Planning# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Warehouse & Distribution Centre# #Industrial# ##
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-bendix-46b55b11/
A successful project is usually the result of the close cooperation and team work between the owner, the architect, the engineers, the contractor, and design and construction professionals.
Mark Bendix is a Director with over 35 years of experience in the management, direction and coordination of large technical groups. He has an Electrical Engineering background and has been responsible for the evaluation, planning, design and maintenance of industrial, commercial and institutional facilities across a wide cross section of these sectors. This includes transit facilities, automotive plants, water and wastewater facilities, hotel and entertainment facilities, transformer stations, aviation facilities and office buildings. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in a number of Canadian provinces and is a Fellow of Engineers Canada. Mark is responsible for the technical and financial performance of the Toronto West office that provides a diverse range of services and oversees the performance of design teams on complex projects. This includes interpreting and understanding the project requirements, confirming these with the various stakeholders and sponsors, identifying the various design services needed, maintaining and adjusting resources as required to meet schedules and budgets, coordinating the various design tasks and teams and executing the design quality assurance and control processes.
#North America#