If you could work a ‘day in the life’ of another discipline at DIALOG, whose would it be?
Development Hub. Our DevHub brings the “what ifs" of DIALOGers to life. Right now, they are working with our mechanical engineering and sustainability teams to pioneer methods of analyzing and reducing the carbon emissions associated with our architectural and master plan designs.
Where do you find inspiration?
Walking around any city listening to Philip Glass’ creations
What could turn any bad day into a good day?
In Vancouver? That’s easy: sunshine.

Emily joined DIALOG as a planner and public engagement specialist in 2018. Her interdisciplinary career spans all aspects of urbanism including policy planning, master planning, urban design, public engagement and design strategy. She is known for her ability to collaborate with clients and lead interdisciplinary teams to achieve project objectives while sharing laughter and memories in the process. At the core of all her work is a design thinking approach, commitment to transparency, and evidence-based outcomes. 

A consummate people-person, Emily finds joy in leading generative engagement processes that unveil a community’s unique story of place. She has engaged diverse perspectives ranging from ferry users to artists, neighbourhood residents to university students, and marginalized communities to business associations. With an approach rooted in humility, Emily translates engagement outcomes into design conceptspolicy drivers and strategic actions.  

Emily is driven by curiosity. She consistently questions assumptions about what good urban planning looks like through exploring practices and perspectives outside the profession. She believes that by collaborating with diverse points of view and challenging our preconceived notions, we can achieve a more equitable, sustainable and innovative urban future. 

Education

  • Bachelor of Environmental Design, Honours University of British Columbia
  • IAP2 Certificates in Planning and Techniques International Association of Public Participation
  • Beyond Smart Cities: Emerging Design and Technology Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Awards

2018 Honourable Mention - Missing Middle Competition, Urbanarium