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Bruce W Retzsch

Associate Director-Principal | ArchitectureBoca Raton, FLGo to
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Bruce Retzsch established the firm of RLC Architects in Boca Raton, Florida, serving as its managing principal and principal urban designer for more than 30 years until being acquired by IBI Group in 2022. The firm is recognized for superior architectural design and planning services in the multi-family, mixed-use, retail, office and distribution/logistics markets in South Florida, and is the recipient of numerous AIA design awards.

Mr. Retzsch is an active member of AIA, serving as the 2022 Palm Beach AIA president and recipient of the component’s 2018 Gold Medal. He is also involved in many industry organizations, including ULI, NAIOP and CIASF, and volunteer activities with the City of Boca Raton, Boca Raton Community Church, and the National MS Society.

A graduate of the University of Illinois, Bruce holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design.

Aaron Sanders

Associate PrincipalHouston, TXGo to
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Aaron Sanders is a registered architect in the state of Texas with over 17 years’ architectural experience that consists of PreK-12, commercial and public sector projects. He is a multi-faceted Associate Principal who acts as a go-to source for many of our staff members while leading project management efforts throughout the programming, design, technical production and construction administration phases. Where most architects’ strengths lie on either the design side or the technical side of the profession, Aaron is talented in both arenas. He has a passion for mentoring which is spawned from his belief that it is our obligation to teach, coach and share information with our next generation of emerging professionals. Mr. Sanders has contributed greatly to IBI Group’s efforts in Dickinson ISD, Galena Park ISD and Alief ISD. Notable examples of Aaron’s educational work include:

Laura Carroll

Associate | Manager, ArchitectureHouston, TXGo to
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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:

Sania D. Shifferd

Associate Director | Office LeadAustin, TXGo to“Strategy, collaboration, and positive environments for people”
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Sania has extensive experience in architecture and interior design. Her comprehensive approach includes business development, client relationship management, project management, architectural and interior design, production, and quality assurance. Her ability to design and coordinate renovation and new construction, shell and interiors, results in fully coordinated projects that integrate architecture and interiors with a unified design expression and an emphasis on quality. Sania’s expertise spans the markets of high tech, creative office, corporate office, spec office, full service interiors, higher education, institutional, residential, renovation and due diligence, hospitality, and sustainable design. She excels in understanding and interpreting a client’s unique culture and aesthetic requirements, utilizing a strategic, collaborative approach to process development and problem solving, informed by a lively interest in positive communication and relationship development. A strong client focus combined with careful and perceptive listening allow her to develop long-term client relationships, while her focus on design team and contractor relationships promotes a collaborative atmosphere and enables the success of her projects.

Pavel Stoev

Director | Practice Lead, Intelligent SystemsPompano Beach, FL
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Pavel Stoev is an experienced Professional Systems Engineer with a 16-year track record of leading complex IT and communications infrastructure projects. He specializes in cybersecurity and applies his extensive knowledge of cybersecurity standards to ensure the secure design, development, and delivery of IT/OT systems in the ITS and Smart Cities markets. Pavel’s expertise spans multiple geographical regions and industries, including airports, transit, transportation, and generally public infrastructure. He provides engineering and project management leadership, guiding teams in delivering cybersecurity assessments, design, procurement, deployment, and integration of resilient computing and communication platforms.

With a strong background in electrical and software engineering, Pavel excels in network and systems engineering, data center operations, systems architecture design, telecommunications systems integration, RF systems, cybersecurity standards application, and software configuration management. 

Danny Brewster

Director | Office LeadHouston, TX
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Mr. Brewster joined IBI Group in 1999 and brings over 25 years of institutional and commercial architectural experience to the firm. He has successfully managed projects with tight constraints and budget parameters including new facilities, additions and renovations. Daniel is involved in every project phase and has a reputation for effectively leading large, complex teams and creating sustainable solutions for clients.

Mr. Brewster’s experience with IBI Group includes projects in the educational, religious and civic sectors. His work with our educational clients centers on the transition from traditional to next generation learning environments and pedagogies. Daniel also has experience in managing extensive multi-facility expansion and enhancement projects and understands the natural relationship between a school facility and best practices for teaching and learning.

Bryce Bankston

IT ManagerHouston, TX
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Mr. Bankston has been with IBI Group since 1999 and is an Associate Principal with the firm. Bryce has extensive experience leading operations for technology, business development, budgeting, acquisitions, integrations, and application development while coordinating with global technical teams. He is also an integral part of the strategic planning initiative for IBI at the corporate level.

Bryce not only oversees all of the computers in our Houston office, he is a critical member of the IBI West Region Support Team covering multiple locations. He supports all aspects of our computer network, including development and implementation of wiring configuration standards connectivity solutions, overall network operation systems, network software, server hardware configurations, network file systems, directory structure, LAN/WAN system integrity and security, and the installation and configuration of network hardware and software. In other words, he keeps us working.

Myrna Norman

Business ManagerHouston, TX
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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.

Johnny Caliendo

Sr. Project ManagerRaleigh, NC
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Mr. Caliendo has been a leader in the architecture community for over 25 years. He is currently a Senior Project Manager for IBI Group in Raleigh NC. He has worked on many different award-winning projects of various scales and types. His work has been published in foreign and domestic books and periodicals. He has served in leadership positions in government and industry organizations, including the University of Greensboro Development Board and the Board of Design Corps. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the College of Design in Raleigh, North Carolina. His service to the community also includes leadership in Jobs For Life, Raleigh Men’s Shelter, and Project Literacy. He is a LEED AP design professional and has designed both LEED Silver and Gold buildings.

Liviu Birjega

Associate | Manager, Intelligent SystemsPompano Beach, FLGo to“Honesty and truth is the ultimate sophistication.”
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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.

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