Karen is an Architect, Studio Director and Mental Health Lead at IBI Group who specialises in mental health design and has a profound knowledge of both service-users‘ and healthcare professionals’ unique requirements. She has successfully designed and delivered numerous mental health schemes across different age groups and security levels.
Karen believes that building environments play a significant role in the behaviour of their users and good design can deliver real and measurable benefits. Her aim at IBI is to involve users in all aspects of the design process to create uplifting and therapeutic buildings that improve mental and physical wellbeing.
Dawn Crossland is a consultant with IBI Group based in the United Kingdom who has over 6 years’ experience of project delivery within the Highways sector. Since joining the company in 2009, she has been active in project management, particularly for surveying projects using a wide range of platforms and sensors, including vehicle-based imagery and LiDAR surveys and Drone surveys throughout the UK. As a holder of NEBOSH National General Certificate in health and safety, Dawn understands the importance of Health and Safety in the workplace and across projects. Alongside NEBOSH certificate, Dawn holds APM Project Management qualification and IAM certification
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.
Padraig is a sustainability-focused architect at IBI, guiding projects to reach Net Zero and deliver significant greenhouse gas emission reductions, through innovative and cost-effective measures. He is a Certified Passive House Designer, consulting on IBI’s portfolio of large Passive House buildings across Europe and North America. He was responsible for the architectural detailing on IBI’s first certified passive house building and continues to grow his portfolio in residential, cultural and healthcare buildings, which meet this stringent building energy standard.
Padraig’s knowledge of high-performance building is combined with his whole life carbon analysis studies, accounting for embodied carbon to achieve carbon neutral buildings. Working in the UK and North America, lessons learnt from both continents are being applied to broaden IBI’s approach to Net Zero architecture.
Maja is an architect with considerable experience within the academic, research and innovation sectors, where she is experienced at delivering projects across varying scales, internationally and in the UK. Her work focuses around mixed-use developments and the creation of sustainable communities that support resilience, inclusivity and wellbeing.
Maja is a celebrated thought leader, sharing her experiences, ideas and knowledge of emerging trends to facilitate global conference workshops and inspire individuals to push boundaries in strategy and design. Maja’s expertise is underpinned by her invested interest in research and evidence-based design. An author and contributor to global research papers, she has helped shape the future of education, campuses and library design.
Maja’s passion for research and thought leadership results in proven design excellence in her work. From strategy to realisation, Maja thrives on creating long-lasting relationships that ensure her clients’ projects are successful, regardless of their size or location.
Charles first joined IBI in 1997 working in the London office. Moving to Belfast in 2011, he re-joined the company in 2022 with a desire to broaden his experience of quality design projects outside of Northern Ireland in the context of a changing climate. Healthcare is his focus, where having been involved in new build projects at Great Ormond Street, he then led the design and delivery of the Ulster Maternity Hospital and Women & Children’s Projects in Belfast. He is a proactive and highly motivated architect with a wide range of experience in design and construction.
Charles has specialised in the management, design and co-ordination of complex projects at various stages within the design process. Charles is a talented designer, who has worked in partnership with several universities and is acutely aware of the benefits good design can bring to our clients.
Carla has over 18 years of experience working in the healthcare sector and her combined design and technical skills have made her a valued asset within IBI Group. Specialized in clinical planning, has accomplished managing detailed architectural packages for both new build and refurbishment schemes of varying complexity. Her high organizational skills were key during her involvement in the highly complex Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow. Carla was also involved in the award-winning Peterborough City Hospital, and the award-winning Mental Health scheme Woodland View, Ayrshire Central Hospital, where she was responsible for ensuring the timely delivery of highly complex construction packages, which included the technical design of acute clinical functions.
Carla always promotes collaborative working and successfully manages the team to ensure that all tasks are performed in line with the master’s program. An integral member of the interior design team has an exceptional eye for detail and forward-thinking ideas as evidenced by her work in the fit of the new London Studio. Carla is confident in translating conceptual ideas into working designs. Carla understands and can solve the challenges that can materialize at the early stages of the build and uses her excellent problem-solving abilities to communicate solutions that support build-ability.
Robert is a talented designer and communicator who is skilled at leading complex design exercises across a broad range of building typologies. With experience in healthcare, science and education Roberts’s approach centers around stakeholders engagement to ensure a comprehensive, inclusive, balanced design solution is reached. By actively listening to clients Robert has been able to deliver complex one-of-a-kind science building. He has been successful in threading together multi-discipline teams, working with unique experimental equipment with incredibly challenging briefs. This was achieved by leveraging his excellent communication skills, combined with being able to quickly generate design concepts that cut to the core of perceived issues and provide elegant solutions. This process of listening, collating ideas into a robust brief and then actioning design solutions has also served Robert well whilst working in Healthcare projects. Having delivered large complex hospitals for the NHS, as well as working with several private health providers in the UK, he has also worked across North America, the UAE, Africa and Central America proving a translatable approach as a project and design lead.
Paul is the Learning+ Lead for the UK, working with our regional offices across the UK and connecting with our global offices to bring a well-informed international outlook to pedagogy and procurement. He also works across IBI’s other core sectors of healthcare and residential to help develop a dynamic approach to placemaking. Paul is a RIBA Registered Client Advisor and supports local authorities and the DfE as a technical advisor to major education developments. He actively supports a variety of education establishments across the age ranges, including STEM Ambassador for Kent and Medway running events with secondary school pupils to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and a visiting lecturer and ICC member at the University of West London.
Stephen Hendry has over 20 years’ experience in the development of software solutions across a broad spectrum of industries. He joined IBI Group in 2011 and has since furthered his experience in the design and development of Traffic, Travel and Asset Management Systems for IBI’s clients across the UK and Ireland. Stephen is currently managing the development team in Glasgow and lending his expertise in systems architecture and design to a number of projects with Highways England, Transport Scotland, Ireland’s National Transport Authority and Transport Infrastructure Ireland. Stephen holds a MSc in IT – Software Development which he undertook after completing a BEng in Aerospace Engineering.