Next Generation of Urbanists

Quick quiz: What does it take to make a city smart and sustainable? What role does innovation, creativity, and collaboration play in our attempts to reach sustainable design solutions? We recently challenged students to think about these questions during an

Next Generation of Urbanists

Quick quiz: What does it take to make a city smart and sustainable? What role does innovation, creativity, and collaboration play in our attempts to reach sustainable design solutions? We recently challenged students to think about these questions during an

Designer Watch – Nicole Moyo: empowering communities through design

December is the month many of us reflect on our past accomplishments and map out new priorities for the coming year. For some serious inspiration in the design for doing good category, we thought we’d shine the spotlight on a

Aspire DIALOG 2017

At DIALOG, our claim to fame is collaboration. And while working together is in our DNA, between five studios, three time zones and many different disciplines…we have to work hard not to fall into silos. To combat this, we created

Is there a doctor in the house?

You Betcha! Toronto structural engineer Cameron Ritchie is DIALOG’s newest doctor. Cam completed his PhD earlier this fall and made it official at his convocation ceremony November 8. We asked Cam to share more about his area of focus – blast resistance of tubular steel!  

Park(ing) Day 2017 Recap

Our Edmonton studio made a lot of heads turn in Downtown Edmonton with our Park(ing) Day installation. It’s not often you see a parking stall taken over by real grass with the top half of a car sinking in! What’s

6th Annual Street Hockey Tournament in Edmonton

Every year, we shut down the street outside our Edmonton studio and get our game faces on. DIALOG’s 6th Annual Street Hockey Tournament was another smashing success with 11 teams of 3 players, 3 goalies, and dozens of cheering fans

Carleton Studio at DIALOG

Carleton Studio is a collaboration between the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism and DIALOG. The six-week studio immerses students in real-world city building challenges and is guided by a multi-disciplinary team of industry experts. This year’s Carleton Studio in Toronto

DIALOG is one of Canada’s Greenest Employers

  We’ve just been selected as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers. We look back over this last year and have noticed our green game is operating at an all-time high. Our collective of designers have, and continue to, push the

This Weekend: Jane’s Walk – dust off those walking shoes!

DIALOG is excited to be participating in the Jane’s Walk Festival again this year. Our staff have been busy planning their walks and will be hitting the sidewalks May 5th, 6th, & 7th. Every year, DIALOG staff show off their

Associates take a day to ElevateDIALOG

Our studios are still abuzz following our first ElevateDIALOG event! Last month, the associates across all of our studios worked together on an initiative designed to foster collaboration and encourage the development of innovative ideas. Sounds vague, maybe, but that was

DIALOG is opening our first U.S. studio!

We think great design has no borders. We aren’t expanding just for the sake of expanding. We’re growing in a mindful, sustainable way in order to pursue the great work we’re truly passionate about. Opening a studio in the U.S.

Designer Watch – Simone Ferkul

  Toronto’s dreary winter is punctuated every January with the bright and shiny Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) which brings design interventions to the public throughout the city. A highlight of this year’s event was the Umbra + TO DO

One Designer, Two Wheels, and Multiple Thoughts on Urban Infrastructure

  DIALOG Interior Designer Olga Haliuk had an “Aha” moment a few years back that caused her to embrace cycling as her go-to form of transportation. “Frustrated after a long commute one day, I spent an afternoon at the office searching Kijiji,

DIALOG’s Urbanist Team

DIALOG’s Urbanist team meets every year to discuss the issues most relevant to their practice. In this first video, the group attempts to define “What is Urbanism and what is the responsibility of an Urbanist?” The Urbanist Team is comprised

Top of Toronto: DIALOG Makes Prestigious Employers List

It’s pretty cool to see DIALOG represented on this list of Toronto’s Top Employers. This is yet another sign that this great Canadian design company’s Toronto studio continues to grow and make its mark in Canada’s biggest city and most

Ride to Conquer Cancer: A Bicycle Battle Cry

Last year, DIALOG architect Graeme Hackett died suddenly of brain cancer. He was just 33 years old. As one of our partners noted the day of his funeral, ‘Graeme was just getting started’. Just 6 months later, DIALOG technologist Dieter

Calgary’s TELUS Spark: The Art and Science of Fun

Learn more about the innovative approach our Architects and Engineers used to design Calgary’s TELUS Spark Science Centre. *No architects were injured or killed during the filming of this video.

There’s Magic at Play: DIALOG Supports the Boys & Girls Club of Canada

This holiday season, DIALOG is supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada in their mission to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. The

Holidays are just a little different here

At DIALOG we do the holidays just a little different. And while we appreciate a traditional holiday card, we find that they don’t quite capture exactly who we are and how we feel about the season. Reenacting scenes from Jerry

The Royal Canadian Navy Monument

The Royal Canadian Navy Monument was designed by artist Al McWilliams and DIALOG architects Joost Bakker and Bruce Haden.

DIALOG one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for the third consecutive year

This morning The Globe and Mail published Canada’s Top 100 Employers, recognizing DIALOG – the only multi-disciplinary building, planning, and design firm on the list – for the third consecutive year. “The award signifies DIALOG’s commitment to creating a unique

8th annual DIALOG Charity Golf Tournament for mental health and addiction

On Friday, May 23rd, DIALOG’s Toronto Studio hosted the 8th annual DIALOG Charity Golf Tournament in support of The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), one of Canada’s foremost teaching and research facilities in its field. 120 clients, consultants,

Studio Star: DIALOG Edmonton a sandbox for design talent

Some of the best jobs and career opportunities in Canada are available in Edmonton, Alberta. As one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Edmonton is home to some of the largest, most significant architecture and engineering projects in

Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2014: DIALOG again touted as a top spot for talent

DIALOG was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2014 today in the Globe and Mail. It’s the second year straight the firm’s been honoured with a spot on the exclusive list judged by Mediacorp. “With more than 3,000

We're sharing #dialog

@dialogdesign 1 month ago
Connecting our DIALOGers from all studios at this year's #AspireDIALOG in #yyc. The link in bio explains how we stoke the collective's fire. #DIALOG #Design #designlove

@dialogdesign 6 months ago
We've arrived! DIALOG is thrilled to be named in @AzureMagazine as one of the Top 30 design firms making their mark! They think we create amazing workplaces, and we couldn’t agree more. In the spirit of arrival, take a look at how #DIALOG design makes an entrance. #entranceway #workplacedesign #designmagazine #architecture #design #interiordesign #officedesign #designinspo

@dialogdesign 7 months ago
A facade lighting test was conducted last night for 14 of the 60 floors for the Telus Sky project in progress. The lighting is the Public Art contribution, @douglascoupland is the artist. Each L shape facade has 160 #led lights with an unlimited number of colours available. #dialog #architecture

@dialogdesign 7 months ago
Design is in the details. The Oilers Entertainment Group's office space is inspired by the arena next door with bank tiered seating, staff lockers, and a centre ice zone. We added elegant elements like this Vibia light fixture to ensure the final design didn't feel gimmicky. The result? A refined space, worthy of the #Oilers legacy. #Oilers #InteriorDesign #ICEDistrict #yegdt #dialog

@dialogdesign 7 months ago
Laneway interplay from Concept A. Community connection from Concept B. A splash of water from Concept C. And going out on a limb with elevation from Concept D. Downtown #YVR is getting a new 'playground' at Smith & Richards. Construction begins Spring 2018. Learn about the design process through link in bio. #WeShapeCities #landscapedesign #byebyeparkinglot


Love it when promoting #walkability inspires a sense of pride (and advocacy). #iamCanadian #DIALOG

2 months ago

Grand Opening at the SOFTWARE, INFORMATICS, AND RESEARCH CENTRE @UOIT ! #DIALOG and @EllisDon project teams celebra…

2 months ago

We are nourished by both food and social interactions. #PublicMarkets fulfill both. #CommunityWellbeing #DIALOG

2 months ago

Indoors and outdoors can be friends, when doors and windows join the party. #DIALOG #placesforpeople

2 months ago

Can you fall in love with a city? Something is terribly wrong with your city if you can’t. #DIALOG

3 months ago

Nice! Building for all ages makes ALL better. #CommunityWellbeing #AgingInPlace #CitiesForPeople #dialog

3 months ago

Shout out to all the other awesome presenters in the Design for Purpose session! I learned a lot! #BuildingSim2017 #DIALOG

5 months ago

#SCUP52 @Plan4HigherEd Design places for student to just "Be" yet not isolated" Places designed to build community culture @DIALOG #DIALOG

6 months ago

#SCUP52@Dialog Liberal arts education key, change is accelerating, just in time education future. Higher Ed needs to lead... #DIALOG

6 months ago

Thousands of people enjoying the wondrous absurdity of a gigantic #rubberducky, can't be a bad thing. #DIALOG

6 months ago