Building Sustainably Doesn’t Always Mean Starting from Scratch

We design a lot of structures from the ground up, but increasingly we’re called upon to re-imagine how existing buildings can have a second life. Often, we’re tasked with the unique challenge of preserving what we can, while improving function

Building Sustainably Doesn’t Always Mean Starting from Scratch

We design a lot of structures from the ground up, but increasingly we’re called upon to re-imagine how existing buildings can have a second life. Often, we’re tasked with the unique challenge of preserving what we can, while improving function

River Mile gets green light from Denver City Council

The River Mile project won crucial approvals from the Denver City Council Monday evening, representing a major milestone in the process to create “human scale” development for a new urban center. Designed in partnership with Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects, the River

Our 2018 Holiday Video Has Arrived!

It’s National Gingerbread House Day and we’re celebrating with the release of DIALOG’s 2018 Holiday Video! Everyone loves The Office, and so do we. For DIALOG’s 2018 Holiday Video, we’ve created a tribute to The Office: A DIALOG mockumentary on

Congratulations to our newest principals and associates

Every year at this time, 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. Leadership at DIALOG

A flagship building for Public Services and Procurement Canada

DIALOG is lead consultant for this federal government flagship project, providing architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, and sustainability consulting to design a carbon neutral building. Built in Toronto in the 1950s, the Arthur Meighen Building

Q&A with DIALOG Healthcare Designer Magdalena Warshawski

We sat down with Magdalena Warshawski, an architect and associate on our Edmonton studio’s healthcare team, to find out what drives her passion for healthcare design. She has an interesting background that combines health sciences with architecture, so she easily

CapitalCare Norwood Project will begin construction in Summer 2019

The Government of Alberta announced that construction will begin on Edmonton’s CapitalCare Norwood Redevelopment project next summer. DIALOG’s integrated architecture, engineering, interior design, landscape architecture and planning team is proud to design this new continuing care centre for Albertans. The

Five Bold Ideas for Designing More Inclusive Cities

How can we make our urban environments more inclusive? Antonio Gomez-Palacio joined a panel of of leading urban designers at last week’s Azure Talk to examine that challenge. Read “5 Bold Ideas for Designing More Inclusive Cities”.

Power Shift: A look at Canada’s first certified ‘living building’

Craig Applegath, architect and principal at DIALOG, discusses the innovations in the Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre, a building that is free of toxic chemicals and is net-positive in energy use. It’s said to meet the most rigorous

Aga Khan Garden – Alberta Officially Inaugurated by His Highness the Aga Khan

On a sunny October day in Edmonton, His Highness the Aga Khan officially inagurated the Aga Khan Garden, Alberta at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden. DIALOG provided architectural, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering services for the project, working with Nelson Bird

DIALOGers share their favourite transit systems from around the world

As we embark on a journey to Pittsburgh for this year’s Rail~Volution conference, we’ve got transit systems on the mind. Well, the team of DIALOG transit designers that are attending always have transit on the mind, but right now we’re thinking

DIALOG designer one of World’s Top 20 Design Graduates

Nicole Moyo, a designer with DIALOG’s urban planning team in Toronto, has been selected to speak at the Antenna Conference – a prestigious event at Dutch Design Week, that provides young designers with a platform and helps them develop their project

Green roofs, wellbeing, and the reinvention of retail

“Why, in a world where people will increasingly invest their time and money for experiences and community, isn’t the heart of most North American cities providing the very thing consumers need, want, and desire most?” – Jim Anderson, DIALOG’s chair,

Royal Alberta Museum: The new home for Alberta’s stories is now open!

Royal Alberta Museum finally opens today, and we couldn’t be more excited! Our integrated team of architects, interior designers, landscape architects and structural, mechanical and electrical engineers designed a place for gathering, discovering the human and natural history of Alberta,

Emera Innovation Exchange Opens in St. John’s

Emera Innovation Exchange, Memorial University of Newfoundland’s new engagement hub located on Signal Hill in St. Johns, officially opened its doors to the public on September 29. The design was influenced by a east coast vernacular, which makes total sense – DIALOG principal

Engineering Garage: The Ultimate Makerspace!

The University of Alberta Engineering Garage opened this weekend! The premiere of the Faculty of Engineering’s new makerspace was an engineering showcase as part of Alumni Week. Current engineering students from all programs hosted family-friendly activities and demonstrations, inspiring future engineers

Celebrating Our Alumni

At DIALOG, we have a commitment to meaningfully improving the wellbeing of our communities and the environment we all share. Today, this sentiment extends far beyond our own projects and people. Our firm is filled with people who are passionate

Empathy, Design Thinking, and Community Wellbeing

A lively panel discussion kicked off the IDC Symposium on September 17. Moderated by DIALOG’s Antonio Gomez-Palacio, panel members Dr. Elizabeth Tunstall (OCADU), Tyler Gilchrist (figure3), Lee Fletcher (Fig40), A.J. Paron-Wildes (Allsteel), and Suzy Margorian (Cosentino) weighed in on the

Construction of the New Central Library is complete!

The New Central Library in the East Village is almost ready to open its doors. Mayor Naheed Nenshi, members of council, and the Calgary Municipal Land Corp. celebrated the end of construction on the $245-million project on Friday, officially handing

Walterdale Bridge reaches its final milestone!

The long awaited completion of Walterdale Bridge is here, and Edmontonians agree that it was worth the wait. The new postcard view of the city no longer has construction fences on the river banks! Traffic has been driving across the bridge for

Blushing beauty at Four Seasons Toronto’s d|bar

Four Seasons Toronto’s new d|bar made its debut at the opening party; revealing a stunning new design from DIALOG. The space was an elegant setting for the event hosted by chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud and Four Seasons Toronto owner


In this episode, Craig had the pleasure of speaking with DIALOG alumnus, Brad Bradford. Brad is an urban planner, community activist, competitive cyclist, and now a candidate for Toronto City Council in Beaches-East York (Ward 19). Craig first met Brad

DIALOG publishes framework for ‘community wellbeing’ in design

Canadian Architect –   The design features of cities, communities and buildings can create conditions that promote and foster individual and community health and wellbeing, according to a new report by The Conference Board of Canada in collaboration with DIALOG.


In this episode, Craig had the pleasure of interviewing Pamela Robinson. Pamela is the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Strategic Initiatives for the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University, an Associate Professor for the School of Urban and Regional

Get to know the new heart of Banff

For generations, locals and visitors built a community around the Mount Royal Hotel (MRH). A devastating fire in December 2016 caused the roof to collapse, DIALOG was invited to help bring the hotel back to life. Our designers embraced the storied past,