Design Residency in Honour of Tom Sutherland

Tom was passionate about making a difference in our communities and the environment we all share, and established this 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.

What is the Design Residency in Honour of Tom Sutherland?

The Design Residency is an annual event hosted by a different DIALOG studio each year. A cohort of students from a variety of disciplines and cities participate in a three day workshop to identify and address a community issue, opportunity or problem for the benefit of the community.

DIALOG will facilitate and fund the workshop, providing a variety of internal and external speakers and mentors to help inform the work of the group. The Residency will culminate in a presentation and reception including members of the affected community group/organization and the hosting studio.

2019 Design Residency – Who, Where, When, What?

Nine students from five different Canadian universities have been invited to join us at DIALOG’s Toronto studio for the 2019 Design Residency – February 19-22.

The 2019 Residency Topic takes a closer look at a ubiquitous feature of the Canadian landscape. Golf courses punctuate the built fabric of cities, suburbs, towns, and countryside. As recreational tastes shift, and the number of regular golfers decline, these facilities have begun to close at a rate greater than they are opening. This year’s residency will explore possible new uses for these spaces.


2018 Design Residency

Students in the 2018 DIALOG Design Residency cohort explored the potential of a laneway in Edmonton’s downtown core and how the site could be re-imagined as an integral part of our urban environment. Learn more about what happened during their 3 day thought workshop here.

2018 Participants

Creative minds joined us from multi-disciplinary programs across the country. Learn more about the participants and speakers here.

“The value of the residency is not what is produced during the week long charrette (the work itself has immense value for participants and DIALOG as a whole) but in the networking with peers and working under the guidance of industry professionals who provide keen insight that students would not generally consider.”
-Gordon Ngo, Industrial Design student

“I would recommend the residency for anyone interested in working on a real-world problem, interested in learning from other design disciplines, and anyone who might want to see how a multi-disciplinary firm is run and how to work with others.”
-Brianna Collis, Landscape Architecture student

“I was very nervous initially since I wasn’t sure how I was going to fit in with the team coming from a public health background and didn’t have a lot of experience working with the built environment, but I came out of the residency feeling more confident in myself and my skills.We learned so much from each other and I’m looking forward to working with them in the future. This experience has fundamentally changed me for the better and will stay with me for the rest of my life.”
-Chelsea Legg-St. Pierre, Public Health student

Any questions? Contact us:
Michael Matthys, Urban Planner

Design Residency Resources

Who is Tom Sutherland?
Read more about Tom and his community impact here.