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Our People

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 2,600 difference makers is IBI’s Leadership team, setting out a compelling vision and guiding IBI Group towards the future.

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Joe Somfay

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Waterloo, ON

Joe Somfay
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Automotive# #Industrial# ## #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Fire Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Parking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Police Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ##
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Drawing on 50 years of experience in cities as diverse as Sydney, Toronto and Waterloo, Mr. Somfay brings an acute urban sensibility and sustainability to the design of contemporary buildings.

As a designer and manager he has coordinated large multi-disciplinary teams collaborating on complex university, residential, commercial and mixed-use projects in the Waterloo Region and Southern Ontario. His projects include architectural designs for mixed used and high rise projects in Mississauga, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge and Elora areas.

He has taught design and building science for 17 years at the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, Ontario. Comfortable with projects at any scale, northern latitudes or the tropics, Mr. Somfay always looks for design opportunities that further the clients’ goals with an original, practical and economical solution. Firmly committed to sustainability, he has taught and consulted on sustainable design for the past 50 years. 

Joe encourages original thinking and is willing to question norms.

#North America#
Mitch Altier

Associate | Manager, Water Resources Engineering
New Lexington, OH

Mitch Altier
#Associate | Manager, Water Resources Engineering# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Municipal Services# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Water / Wastewater# #Industrial# ## #Water Resources Management# #Industrial# ##
New Lexington, Ohio, United States of America

Mitch Altier is responsible for handling water, wastewater, street, and ground/well water projects for local municipalities, counties, and water and sewer districts in New Lexington. As such, he also helps locate funding sources for various communities. His knowledge and skills allow him to successfully lead the municipal engineering team in the New Lexington Office. His specialization extends across all aspects of water and wastewater design. This expertise, coupled with Mitch’s working relationships and communication style, prove valuable when acting as a liaison to project stakeholders.

#North America#
Caz Thomson

Studio Associate Director
Glasgow, UK

Caz Thomson
#Studio Associate Director# #All# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Strategic Planning# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transportation# #UK Regional#
Glasgow, United Kingdom, Europe

Caz Thomson has 20 years of commercial experience in systems architecture design and full lifecycle development within many disciplines, ranging from utilities management, through medical insurance to manufacturing and transportation systems. Caz has excellent technical expertise in a number of development platforms and significant experience in requirements analysis, system design and architecture, the management of large development teams and the delivery of mobile, web and system development projects. Caz also architected IBI Group’s Software and System Development processes and procedures in the UK, using the Structured Systems Analysis and Design Methodology. She currently co-manages the UK Systems team, which now numbers some 20 developers and specialists.

#Europe#
Nicolas Al Nakhl

Associate - Manager, Buildings Projects
Toronto West, ON

Nicolas Al Nakhl
#Associate - Manager, Buildings Projects# #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Commercial# #Data Centre# #Commercial# #Office# ## #Design Build# #Development Engineering# #Electrical Engineering# #Energy# #Entertainment Centre# #Commercial# ## #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Industrial# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Municipal Services# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #Parking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Research & Development# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Smart Cities# #Solar# #Energy# ## #Strategic Planning# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ## #Water / Wastewater# #Industrial# ## #Water Resources Management# #Industrial# ##
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolas-al-nakhl-81236323/
A little bit of water can save a human's life but a little bit of electricity can kill it.

Nicolas has a unique blend of international experience in multi-discipline (electrical, mechanical, civil, structural) engineering, construction, contracts and project management. He has 27 years of engineering and management experience in power, oil, gas, utilities and asset management, renewable energy, infrastructure, ICI, and land development; completing tenth of projects worth more than $10 billion US. Nicolas is educated in electrical power engineering with IT enterprise software knowledge to support experience. He is fluent in English, French and Arabic, and is effective in communicating with all levels from executive management to field personnel. He is also experienced in Microsoft Office suite of applications, as well as enterprise software such as GIS and CMMS. Nicolas is proficient in Bechtel’s Contracts formulation and management, FIDIC suite of contracts, and CCDCs. He has a good track record in achieving results and objectives, while spearheading teamwork, collaboration, and cooperation.

Meriem Sakrouhi

Project Designer
New York, NY

Meriem Sakrouhi
#Project Designer# #All# #Architecture# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Residential# #sAVe App#
New York, New York, United States of America

Meriem Sakrouhi is an architectural designer who studied architecture in Barcelona. In 2013, she transferred to Chicago’s College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She believes that architecture is a powerful tool that showcases human feelings and emotions, and is interested in using innovation to create a positive, impactful and bold transformation that builds these experiences to everyone.

Liviu Birjega

Associate - Manager, Intelligent Systems
Pompano Beach, FL

Liviu Birjega
#Associate - Manager, Intelligent Systems# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Advanced Traffic Management System# #Transportation# #ATMS# ## #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Data Analytics# #Data Centre# #Commercial# #Office# ## #Design Build# #Mobile Technology# #Transportation# ## #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Ports# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# #Terminals# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Rail# #Transportation# ## #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Smart Cities# #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Pompano Beach, Florida, United States of America
www.linkedin.com/in/LiviuBirjega
Honesty and truth is the ultimate sophistication.

Liviu Birjega has over 17 years of extensive involvement in IBI Group – Intelligent Systems division and more than 27 years of experience working in software development, IT and academia. Mr. Birjega provides functional and technical expertise, strategies and leadership in the development of new IBI Group projects and enhancements of existing ones delivering results across multiple verticals and technology platforms to enterprise clients. Monitors technology trends that will impact products in the years to come and recommends suitable new technologies and standards to create strategic prioritization and add higher value to customers. A champion for product quality, specializes in systems architecture, design, development and integration, software development life cycle, user experience complex processes, business analysis and integration.

Amer Obeid

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Amer Obeid
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Amer has over 20 years of experience in architectural design and construction for various building typologies. He has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Engineering from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary. Following graduation, Amer worked in the United Arab Emirates as a member of the government architectural and engineering staff with responsibilities that developed from design review and detailing to complete design and construction supervision for numerous projects, including major public, residential and industrial developments. He joined IBI’s transit architecture group in early 2001 to 2005 and continued his architectural career in Verona Italy for several years prior to rejoining IBI Group in 2009.

Amer has participated in various transit projects from conceptual design and construction documentation through to the completion of construction. These projects include the TTC Eglinton Bus Station, the GTAA Automated People Mover Stations and the Finch West Subway Station. Amer is currently leading the architectural design detailing and construction document production for the new 11 km NTA Red Line LRT project in Tel Aviv.

#North America#
Audrey Jacob

Deputy Regional Director, Canada East
Toronto, ON

Audrey Jacob
#Deputy Regional Director, Canada East# #All# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Leader# #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office Lead# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Regional / Sectoral# #Senior Management# ## #Senior Management#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The beauty of IBI Group is that I can easily tap into relevant, top-notch expertise to add value to the work I do for clients.

As Deputy Regional Director of Canada East, Audrey Jacob is responsible for the financial performance of the IBI Group Toronto office and works with her Regional colleagues to ensure effective teaming and collaboration, liaising with the Canada East practice leaders. Audrey is a Registered Professional Planner, a Professional Land Economist with more than 25 years of experience. She leads the firm’s Real Estate Economic & Planning practice specializing in growth management/land needs, market analysis, development/financial feasibility/strategy, economic impact, development charges, and municipal financial impact analysis.

Audrey has a BA in Geography from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Urban Planning from McGill University, is the Chair of the Executive Committee of Pragma Council at the University of Waterloo (a forum of business, education and government leaders), a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and a Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) Champion.

#North America#
Graeme Scott

Director | UK Sector Lead, Intelligence
Glasgow, UK

Graeme Scott
#Director | UK Sector Lead, Intelligence# #All# #Data Analytics# #Information & Communications Technology# #ICT# ## #Leader# #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Office Lead# #Operations# #Project / Programme Management# #Regional / Sectoral# #Senior Management# ## #Senior Management# #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Traffic Engineering# #Transportation# #Traffic Management# ## #Transit Planning# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ## #UK Regional#
Glasgow, United Kingdom, Europe

Graeme Scott is responsible for major ITS projects for the Scottish Government’s Transport Scotland agency, Ireland’s National Roads Authority, and the Hong Kong Transport Department. Graeme has extensive ITS expertise, and has provided strategic advice and management on research, studies, design, procurement, development, implementation, and operation of a wide range of ITS solutions. Graeme also has more than ten years of experience in coordinating and managing client input to major European Commission research initiatives.

#Europe#
Ola Ferm

Associate Director | Office Lead, Raleigh
Raleigh, NC

Ola Ferm
#Associate Director | Office Lead, Raleigh# #All# #Architecture# #Automotive# #Industrial# ## #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Fire Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Industrial# #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Office Lead# #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Planning & Urban Design#
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

Ola is the Office Lead for the Raleigh, NC office. As an architect, he is leading the way in growing IBI Group in commercial, transit and educational based projects, and helping grow our footprint in the region, and along the west coast. Ola has been practicing architecture and building client relationships for 25 years.

Ross Parker

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Seattle, WA

Ross Parker
#Associate | Manager, Architecture # #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ##
Seattle, Washington,

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.

Michael Mandelzys

Associate | Manager, Transit Technology
Toronto, ON

Michael Mandelzys
#Associate | Manager, Transit Technology# #All# #Engineering# #Operations# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Michael Mandelzys P.Eng is a transportation systems engineer with a passion for combining technology and transit. He has worked across North America, leading projects through planning activities such as needs assessments and conceptual designs, specification and RFP development, procurement, and design and testing during implementation.

He has worked with bus, rail, and demand response transit systems including new dispatch and vehicle location systems for the Toronto Transit Commission and GO rail, advanced fare systems in London and Milwaukee, and the regional transit information site (triplinx.ca) for the Greater Toronto Area.

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