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 takes on many forms, and it’s never been more apparent in this group—our biggest cohort yet! Congratulations to four new principals and 23 new associates!
Announcing four new principals means we’re expanding the bench strength of our senior leadership team. 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.
Congratulations to all of these recognized leaders!
New Principal Appointments
Chen Cohen (known as Cohen)
Interior Designer, Toronto
Cohen is an exceptional designer who brings an impressive wealth of knowledge to our DIALOG team. As the previous Director of Interior Design at Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Cohen’s background in both Interior Design and Architecture allows her to combine both disciplines in her holistic and detailed approach to every project. At DIALOG, she will complement our strong interiors team, applying her considerable experience to the firm’s diverse portfolio of institutional projects; from museums, to higher education, to community centres.
Cohen’s national and international award-winning work is characterized by exceptional quality of light, careful material choices, innovative use of colour, and a selection of furnishings that work harmoniously to elevate the overall spatial experience of every building.
Cohen’s refined design and delivery of clean, crisp, and elegant contemporary interiors has been recognized by seven ARIDO awards, five Canadian Interiors awards and two Design Exchange awards.
Electrical Engineer, Calgary
With over 35 years of experience, Henry Doornberg has been the Project Manager and/or Lead Engineer for electrical systems related to various project types, which include institutional, commercial, health care, and light industrial facilities. Henry has in-depth knowledge in nearly every facet of electrical system design, including power distribution, lighting, fire alarm, telephone, data, security, communication systems and has implemented “intelligent building” principles on past projects.
Henry applies his vast field experience in combination with his design experience to the task of identifying electrical engineering solutions. He is well versed in a variety of communication and control systems, network systems and security systems, and has implemented “Intelligent Building” principals on past projects.
Henry is committed to successful project completion. He has performed contract administration and site supervision, with hands-on experience in electrical system testing and commissioning, set-up and implementation of facility start-up programs, and maintenance procedures for many different projects. This ability to following a project from inception thru completion is a valuable asset to our electrical engineering team at DIALOG.
John has a wide range of project experience which includes work in the post-secondary institutional realm; academic and public libraries, healthcare and recreational facilities.
He has undertaken public and institutional library projects with construction values over $200 million in Alberta. John is a project architect for the University of Calgary MacKimmie Complex and the recently completed Mount Royal University Riddell Library + Learning Centre, a new standalone facility to accommodate student and faculty academic excellence. As project manager and design architect, John has also undertaken over ten branch modernization projects for the Calgary Public Library, including renovations to the Central Branch.
He has a specific interest in innovative library service models, transformational programs, and collaborative techniques. John is also keenly interested in net zero carbon and sustainable design.
Matthew has 12 years of experience working within cultural and community typologies. This has exposed him to all facets of project work from master planning to detail drawing and contract administration. His biggest passion involves project design and the process that is used to generate and develop ideas in an inclusive way.
He is passionate about the values around wellbeing and how important design is in delivering healthier, collaborative and flourishing communities. He understands how design can create a space that is intuitive, welcoming and social. This understanding is reflected in his experience in various sectors including: a vision, concept and business case study that was provided for the Glenbow Museum renovation in Calgary, a project management and design role he assumed in Fort Calgary’s expansion to their Interpretive Centre, renovation of the Deane House restaurant, rehabilitation of Calgary’s oldest existing building – the Hunt House, and collaboration with local artist son their 1875 Fort Site Interpretive Installation.
Matthew has an interest in community involvement and worked with an interdisciplinary team to identify a strategic approach to the Cochrane Sustainability Plan and the incorporation of the Plan into guidelines. Arising out of this engagement was the development of the Sustainable Partners Uniting Resources initiative which evolved to outline the implementation of the Sustainability Plan.
Welcome to the associates team:
- Amisha Pope – Mechanical Engineering
- Andrea Kennedy – Landscape Architecture
- Belinda Morale Smith -Planning and Urban Design
- Christine Driscoll – Contract Administration
- Christine Perry – Interior Design
- Esteban Matheus – Architecture
- Golara Jalalpour – Architecture
- Jacqueline Stone – Interior Design
- Jodi James – Architecture
- Juan Carlos Portuese – Architecture
- Marie Briones – Structural Engineering
- Mark Gorman – Mechanical Engineering
- Michael Matthys – Planning and Urban Design
- Molly Steeves – Planning and Urban Design
- Neal Philipsen – Architecture
- Ralph Holmes – Architecture
- Renée Leung – Architecture
- Roberta Kowalishin – Technology
- Sandra Renihan – Structural Engineering
- Shane Oleksiuk – Architecture
- Tracy Liu – Architecture
- Tristan Truyens – Sustainable Design
- Undine Maclaine – Architecture
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