Design Residency in Honour of Tom Sutherland – 2020

What is the Design Residency?
DIALOG funds an annual design residency program to honour the memory of Tom Sutherland, a Principal of our firm who passed away in 2015.Tom was passionate about making a difference in our communities as a core value of DIALOG’s culture. He was a believer in the importance of investing in our youth. He loved to work in a workshop environment and always led with talent, commitment and ambition in support of finding the very best solution for our community.

The Residency is hosted by a different DIALOG studio each year. This year, it’s based in Vancouver and will be taking place between February 17 and 21, 2020.

What is the intent of the Design Residency?
The DIALOG Design Residency in Honour of Tom Sutherland is an opportunity for students of diverse backgrounds and disciplines to collaborate on how design can affect and improve the well-being of our communities, and the environment we share. The 2020 Design Residency seeks to address underlying issues in Vancouver, while exploring Vancouver’s complex and sometimes fraught relationship with water. This year, they will be exploring a site on English Bay.

Read more about the 2020 Design Residency Intent…

This year’s Design Residency project site will be the world-famous English Bay, in Vancouver, BC.

What does the Design Residency involve?
The 2019 Design Residency was held in Toronto, where students were tasked with coming up for options for an underused golf course. See how they tackled the challenge in this video.

Who is participating?
We sent out invitations to universities across Canada looking for the best candidates from the architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, interior design and planning disciplines for the Residency. Nine students were selected to come to Vancouver on the week of February 17-21, 2020 to participate in the design challenge.

Read more about the Design Residency 2020 participants here…


What will students be doing in 2020?
Want to see what’s on tap for the Design Residency in 2020? Download the entire Design Residency Brief here!