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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 3,500 difference makers is IBI’s Leadership team, setting out a compelling vision and guiding IBI Group towards the future.

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George Wang

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

George Wang
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Commercial# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
With 25 years of experience in the architectural field, George has extensive knowledge in space planning, light wood framing, building envelopes, and construction detailing & sequencing. He is up to date on barrier-free and Ontario Building Code literacy & compliance, and construction specifications. He has extensively collaborated with Developers, Construction Managers, various Consultants, and Contractors through schematic design to project close-out. He has also provided guidance to junior team members for design development, construction documentation, and detailing.
#North America#
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Susan Christensen

Director | Operations USA
Binghamton, NY

Susan Christensen
#Director | Operations USA# #All# #Education# #School# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Office Lead# #Subject Matter Expert#
Binghamton, New York, United States of America
Susan Christensen has over 20 years of experience in marketing management and communications, operations, business development, and global brand management. As Director, Operations USA, Susan will unify and grow IBI Group’s operational services and reporting structures across the country. Prior to joining IBI, Susan spent 10 years working with one of the world’s largest freight forwarder and overnight delivery companies, where she was responsible for developing the company’s customer-facing global trade data web applications.
#North America# #Northeast#
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Drummond Hassan

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Drummond Hassan
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
With over 40 years of experience, Drummond Hassan’s portfolio has ranged from residential, office/manufacturing, commercial and urban design projects. He is a Registered Architect that has received a Governor General’s Award for Residential Design, the Mississauga Urban Design Award and the Financial Post Design Effectiveness Award. He is currently leading a number of high-rise residential projects across the GTHA, collaborating with various offices in the Region as well as retail projects including the LCBO program and Holt Renfrew. Prior to joining IBI Group, Drummond Hassan was affiliated with architectural firms in London, England and Glasgow, Scotland. He received a B.Sc (Hon) and a B.Arch from Strathclyde University Department of Architecture and Building Science in Scotland.
#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# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Landscape Architecture# #Master Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #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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Tony Withall

Associate | Manager, Planning
Missssauga, ON

Tony Withall
#Associate | Manager, Planning# #All# #Land Use Planning# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ##
Missssauga, Ontario, Canada
Tony Withall has over 12 years of land use planning and development experience with residential, commercial and mixed use developments. His responsibilities involve reviewing and interpreting Official Plans, Zoning By-Laws, Site Plan Guidelines and Urban Design Guidelines. He is involved in every aspect of the planning process from conceptual design to application submission and approval coordination. Primarily focusing on commercial developments for several large private Canadian companies, Tony has used his expertise in planning instrument analysis and interpretation, and site design to obtain approval for a large number of QSR restaurants and service stations throughout Ontario.
#North America#
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Rick Williams

Associate | Manager, Landscape Architect
Boston, MA

Rick Williams
#Associate | Manager, Landscape Architect# #All# #Landscape Architecture# #Placemaking#
Boston, Massachusetts, North America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rick-williams-a3497911/
Rick has 17+ years of experience in landscape architecture. Since joining the firm in 2001, Rick has participated in a broad spectrum of project types. His experience ranges from urban parks and plazas, on-structure projects, intensive and extensive green-roofs, corporate and academic campuses, streetscapes, bikeways, canalways, perimeter security and natural resource management. As a technical resource within the office, Rick has extensive experience in making design concepts reality, solving complex constructability issues, and ensuring quality control throughout the construction process.
#North America# #Northeast#
Pavel Stoev

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems
Pompano Beach, FL

Pavel Stoev
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems# #Advanced Traffic Management System# #Transportation# #ATMS# ## #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Data Centre# #Commercial# #Office# ## #Information & Communications Technology# #ICT# ## #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ##
Pompano Beach, Florida,
Mr. Stoev is a Professional Systems Engineer with over 15 years of experience, leading team design, development, delivery, operations and support of complex IT and communications infrastructure projects. He has a strong electrical engineering and software engineering background, including network and systems engineering, data centre operations, systems architecture design and deployment, telecommunications systems integration, RF systems and networking technologies integration as well as mobile application development and software configuration management. His project portfolio covers resilient IP networks, high availability secure cloud computing, highly reliable software, mobile content delivery and low latency wired/wireless. Experience is primarily in the ITS market segment, with various airports, transit, transportation and public infrastructure clients based in North America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean region.
#North America# #Southeast#
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Carlos Gutierrez De Quevedo

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems
Toronto, ON

Carlos Gutierrez De Quevedo
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems# #All# #Data Analytics# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Operations# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Research & Development# #Spanish Regional# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Transit Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Carlos Gutierrez De Quevedo is a mobility specialist with over ten years of experience researching and working on urban mobility projects. He is considered a subject matter expert for Smart Cities and part of the team developing IBI Group’s profile in Latin America. Carlos has a M.Sc. in Transportation from MIT supplemented by international experience in planning and policy, infrastructure, operations, analytics, and technology projects. His strength lies in his ability to lead multidisciplinary teams in different contexts with well-rounded knowledge in all modes of urban transportation. His signature projects include analytics to infer origin and destination matrices and improve bus schedules in the Basque Country, Spain and outlining the Mobility as a Service vision for Chattanooga, ennessee. He is currently defining intelligent infrastructure for dynamic platform allocation at Metrolinx’s Union Station Bus Terminal.
#Latin America# #North 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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Cathryn Chopko-Beck

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Urban Design / Planning
Edmonton, AB

Cathryn Chopko-Beck
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Urban Design / Planning# #All# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Data Analytics# #Green# #Landscape Architecture# #Leader# #Planning & Urban Design# #Placemaking# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Research & Development# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ##
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Cathryn Chopko-Beck’s areas of expertise include landscape and urban design, land use planning, socio-economic analysis/market research, site planning, recreation and tourism planning, policy development and environmental planning.
#North America#
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Graham Harris

Director
London, UK

Graham Harris
#Director# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Office Lead# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom,
Graham Harris is an experienced architect and project director and has taken an active involvement in driving IBI Group’s design processes, ensuring heightened standards in architectural output and efficient working methods, including BIM & 3D Visualisation. Skilled at delivering all aspects of a project, he is particularly strong at executing innovative stakeholder consultation processes. He places collaborative working as the focus of his leadership, winning awards for outstanding team delivery and high client satisfaction. In healthcare, he works alongside clients to transform their ‘model of care’ into an efficient and therapeutic healing environment, ensuing overall cost savings and improving service delivery. Graham is highly competent at meeting the design challenges posed by complex refurbishment works within a live hospital environment. His experience includes the development of complicated phasing plans to meet both clinical and construction requirements. With a rich background in healthcare design, Graham is very aware of Trust requirements, ensuring solutions address future flexibility, energy efficiency and most importantly reduced infection rates by introducing innovations such as the IBI Group ‘cruciform ward’. In education, Graham has been exposed to a number of Government initiatives, including Building Schools for the Future and the Primary Capital programme. He has hands-on experience of the tight parameters specified by these schemes, responding with holistic solutions to safeguard design quality and exceed clients’ ‘value for money’ expectations.
#United Kingdom#
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Myrna Norman

Business Manager
Houston, TX

Myrna Norman
#Business Manager# #All# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Strategic Planning#
Houston, Texas, North America
Ms. Norman joined IBI Group in 2000 and is the Business Manager of the firm. As a CPA, she honed her analytical and organizational skills through her work with doctors, lawyers and public accountants. Myrna currently oversees business operations for IBI Group in Texas and Oregon and is responsible for managing and monitoring project-related finances. She also manages the day-to-day operations of the accounting department while working closely with the Principals to advance the firm’s strategic financial goals.
#North America# #Southeast#