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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# #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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Gianni Ria

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, High Rise Residential
Toronto, ON

Gianni Ria
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, High Rise Residential# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Gianni Ria holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto and over the past 30 years, served as lead designer on a number of successful hospitality, residential and commercial projects. Gianni has recent hospitality projects include the SOHO Metropolitan Hotel and Residences, a four star hotel in Toronto’s entertainment district, and the Hazelton Hotel and Residences in the Trendy Yorkville area of Toronto. Gianni’s work has been recognized through awards and publications.
#North America#
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Nanette Shahinian

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Nanette Shahinian
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nanette Shahinian is an Architect with over 30 years’ experience in residential and institutional buildings. She has worked on a range of buildings from high-end boutique condominiums to large scale mixed use projects. Through her involvement on high-profile projects such as Chaz Condominium, The Avenue, South Park Halifax and the Bathurst JCC, she has developed relationships with both long-standing and new clients. Nannette’s work is characterized by the desire to develop design solutions for complex buildings, which fully satisfy the client’s needs, and the detailing and physical quality of our built environment.
#North America#
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Anna Dybka

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems
Toronto, ON

Anna Dybka
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Traffic Engineering# #Transportation# #Traffic Management# ## #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Anna Dybka P.Eng specializes in functional and detail design, implementation and operation of ITS, including Traffic Management Systems, Toll Collection Systems, Traffic Signals, Weather Monitoring Stations and project administration and management. Anna has led an extensive portfolio of system design projects province-wide for MTO, and for clients including 407 ETR, City of Toronto, and Windsor-Detroit Tunnel. She recently led the design of the systems fit-in at the new MTO Central Region COMPASS Traffic Management Centre as implemented in advance of the Pan Am Games.
#North America#
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Yan Zhuang

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Yan Zhuang
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Commercial# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Industrial# #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential#
Toronto, Ontario,
Yan worked as an architect in China for over 10 years before moving to Canada. His design portfolio features a range of projects including large scale, mix-used developments, institutional, commercial, hospitality and residential developments. He had 9 years of professional architectural experience particularly in high-rise residential projects in Toronto from schematic design to the construction documents stage before he joined Arcadis IBI group in 2022. Yan holds a Master of Architecture degree and is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects.
#North America#
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Ross Fleith

Associate - Manager, Architecture
Toronto West, ON

Ross Fleith
#Associate - Manager, Architecture# #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Architecture# #Data Centre# #Commercial# #Office# ## #Energy Solutions# #Industrial# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #P3# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transportation#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rossanofleith/
Ross is an Architecture and Urban Planning alumnus from UFPR – the Federal Brazilian University in Parana, the state in Brazil where Ross was born and raised, and where he worked as a Licensed Architect for 23 years before moving to Canada in 2010. He joined IBI Group in 2014 and is currently an Associate – Manager, Architecture, working on several jobs within the infrastructure, industrial and transportation sectors. He has recently worked as the architectural lead for the new Metrolinx Go Transit Control Centre in Oakville, and for the EMSF, the maintenance and storage facility for the Eglinton LRT.
#North America#
Nuno Moreira

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

Nuno Moreira
#Associate | Manager, Interior Design # #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Commercial# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Courts# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Data Centre# #Commercial# #Office# ## #Design Build# #Entertainment Centre# #Commercial# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Retail# #Commercial# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
As a key team leader, Nuno’s creativity and passion for design, art and architecture are key drivers in his role as a trusted client advisor. He is thoughtful in his approach to the pragmatic concerns of every project: scope, budget and schedule while never compromising on the exploration and execution of the project design vision. Nuno’s design sensibilities are inspired by his global travels and experiences. This sensitivity to global cultures is key in shaping his approach to workplace design. Nuno is driven by his curiosity to continuously examine what is shaping the future of global workplace and setting this vision of what is next.
#North America#
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Geoff Southern

Out-of-Hospital Care Lead, Studio Director
London, UK

Geoff Southern
#Out-of-Hospital Care Lead, Studio Director# #All# #Architecture# #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# ## #Design Build# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Landscape Architecture# #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Master Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
https://www.linkedin.com/in/geoffsouthern/
Buildings are nothing without people.
Geoff is responsible for leading the design of residential and mixed-use schemes in the UK (London & SE). Being dual-qualified, Geoff brings experience in architecture and landscape, especially as a contributor to place-making. With a passion for design excellence, he specialises in early-stage conceptual design, working with clients and stakeholders to transform an initial brief into feasible and implementable design options, then taking these projects on to planning, maximising development value. Alongside this he also contributes commercial experience and expertise in delivery, managing programmes to budget whilst delivering best value. Geoff has worked on developments worth £1b+ in value. Working with some of the largest developers in the UK, his knowledge of private apartments through to social housing has provided him with best practice knowledge in this sector, yet has also delivered award-winning libraries, schools and healthcare buildings.
#United Kingdom#
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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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Heidi Rose

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

Heidi Rose
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Interior Design# #All# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Leader# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Heidi Rose is a team design lead with well over a decade of experience in the field of Interiors. She specializes in conceptual design in both hospitality and high-rise residential interiors. With her experience she has developed a keen eye for detail with the utmost attention to quality and design, and has the ability to establish and identify creativity in each new opportunity. Heidi’s strengths lie in concept through to construction focusing on building honest client relationships, while maintaining the overall design intent and direction. She has the ability to provide creative design solutions that adapt seamlessly to aesthetic, and project goals. Her design approach is to collaboratively provide tasteful, and thoughtful interiors that are relevant and cultivated. Some of Heidi’s experience is built from working on the Public Hotel in Chicago, the Editions Hotel in Miami, and the St. Regis Hotel in Mexico City to name a few during her growth at Yabu Pushelberg. IBI Group initiatives have brought her multiple high-rise residential opportunities ranging from high to low end markets making her experience vast and adaptable. The ties between hospitality and residential design are like-minded in creating lasting interiors to surprise the visual senses of the end user.
#North America#
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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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Heather Hayes

Associate Principal | Interior Design, Buildings
Seattle, WA

Heather Hayes
#Associate Principal | Interior Design, Buildings# #All# #Commercial# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Residential#
Seattle, Washington, United States
https://www.linkedin.com/in/heatherehayes/
At the core of my design process is empathy for the human experience. All my work begins by seeking out an understanding those who will engage with the places we create. It is only once we gain an understanding for the people and their motivations that we can be successful in creating an impactful and successful environment.
In her nearly two decades as an Interior Designer, Heather has worked on a diverse range of project types and scales. She utilizes this broad range of experience to bring the best ideas to each new project. As a leader she has focused on award winning projects in hospitality, multi-family housing, and workplace.
#North America#
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