Congratulations to five new associates!

Congratulations to five new associates!

Congratulations to five new associates, all from the Edmonton studio!

A couple times each year, we assemble across our studios to recognize and celebrate the individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, dedication to practice, and unwavering commitment to working together to improve the wellbeing of our communities.

Becoming an Associate at DIALOG is not so much a promotion as it is a recognition of outstanding leadership – the ability to go above and beyond each and every day. Our new associates embody the values we strongly believe in, and they deserve recognition for their high level of success in their work.

Join us as we celebrate our newest associates:

  • ALEXIS FINLAY, Architecture, Edmonton
  • DAVID JAMES, Architecture, Edmonton
  • MICHAEL RIVEST, Architecture, Edmonton
  • DIANA WILLIAMSON, Mechanical Engineering, Edmonton
  • MICHAEL ZABINSKI, Architecture, Edmonton

Meet the whole team: Get to know more of our associates and principals.



Alexis Finlay | Architect | Edmonton

Alexis Finlay is a registered architect. She is detail oriented and brings passion and enthusiasm to the design process. She is committed to managing projects from start to finish and facilitating collaboration between team members. Alexis’ experience includes planning and design of complex schools, institutional, and mixed use projects.

Alexis loves learning from interdisciplinary team members and soaking up their energy and ideas to realize the best design possibilities together. This team approach is what made the Alberta School for the Deaf modernization one of her favourite projects so far.


David James | Architect | Edmonton

David James joined DIALOG in 2005 as an architecture undergraduate. After two and a half years of work, David ventured back to school to attain his masters degree at Dalhousie University. Upon graduating in 2010, David returned to DIALOG as an intern architect and played an integral role within the design team. In 2014, he joined the AAA as a Registered Architect. With over ten years of combined architectural experience, David is an asset to our design team.

For David, doing good work is just business as usual, so he’s always striving to do great work.  He brings this attitude to work every day and it has helped him exceed client expectations on projects like Kennedale Eco Station, Edmonton Valley Zoo Entry Plaza, and most recently, on DILAOG’s Block BG project, located at Edmonton’s ICE District.


Michael Rivest | Architect | Edmonton

Michael Rivest is a registered architect and has worked at DIALOG since 2011, playing an integral role on the design team. His first two years at DIALOG were spent assisting with the design of the Royal Alberta Museum and has since worked on many signature and complex projects. Michael is a team player and is passionate about creating well designed sustainable architecture that improves our urban realm.


Diana Williamson | Mechanical Engineer | Edmonton

Diana Williamson joined the DIALOG mechanical engineering team in 2010 and has worked on a variety of integrated projects. Her responsibilities include mechanical system design, drafting, specifications writing, report writing, and project management. She has become an engineering leader in the mechanical department. Diana strives to continue learning the latest design strategies and actively attends many industry functions. She has a keen interest in sustainable design, and working with other disciplines to achieve the best results.

Diana loves walking into a building in the community after it’s complete. Knowing she was a part of its creation is very rewarding for Diana. She loves working on interdisciplinary teams because she learns new perspectives for tackling a project and gains a better appreciation for all the different aspects of a building.


Michael Zabinski | Intern Architect | Edmonton

Michael Zabinski started with us in 2009 as an undergraduate then returned to DIALOG in 2014 as an intern architect after graduating with his Masters from Dalhousie University. Upon completion of his degree, Michael was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Medal for the highest level of academic excellence. He is a talented designer who exhibits passion and enthusiasm on all the projects he works on.

One of his favourite projects so far is the Mechanized River Valley Access. He’s excited to play a part in a transformational project that will change the way Edmontonians interact with their river valley.


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