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What We Do

Working together to solve complex challenges

We believe the diverse perspectives and expertise of our multi-disciplinary teams position us to tackle today’s challenges in ways others can’t.

 

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Designing to improve our communities

We believe design can, and should, meaningfully improve the wellbeing of communities and the environment we all share.

To demonstrate the link between design and wellbeing, we partnered with The Conference Board of Canada for research-based evidence.

In July 2018, a joint research report from DIALOG and The Conference Board of Canada titled, Community Wellbeing: A Framework for the Design Professions, and the free Community Wellbeing Framework report, were released to the public.

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Constantly pursuing design excellence

To us, design excellence means creating places that positively impact the end-user as well as our environment. When we do our work well, we're able to create a sense of place that functions intuitively and eliminates barriers. It's about challenging the status quo, striving for constant improvement, and being continuously curious.

We're proud of the work we do - and even more so when others recognize the impact we're making. See what others are saying about our incredible body of work.

 

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How We Do It

Bringing diverse perspectives together

We gain insight into how to make the world a better place through everyday experiences. That's why we believe collaborating with our clients and our communities is just as important as collaborating among ourselves.

Collaborating with

Clients

We work with our clients to understand and quantify their needs. We explore ways to improve project efficiency and productivity to bring their vision to life throughout the lifecycle of the design process.

Collaborating with

DIALOGers

DIALOGers work together to solve many of today’s design challenges. We accomplish the seemingly impossible when all of our disciplines have a seat at the table to contribute to the design process. That’s iterative and integrated problem solving.

Collaborating with

Community

No matter where a project is, it will have an impact on its community. We believe it’s integral to work with our community stakeholders to understand what success looks like. We use that understanding to inform the design process and eventual outcome.

Sustainability

We’re LEEDing the way

We're determined to embed sustainability throughout our culture, making it an essential part of every project and everything we do. Our team is constantly expanding their knowledge, finding new and exciting ways to minimize our environmental footprint and move closer to a zero carbon world.

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LEED® Professionals

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LEED® Certified Buildings

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Our actions

We've created a Sustainability Action Plan that is focused on accomplishing four key objectives: evaluating and improving our design process to ensure projects can achieve the highest possible level of environmental design; cultivating awareness and commitment to environmental sustainability among all DIALOGers; providing sustainable design knowledge, skills, and resources to all disciplines and sectors; and working with our clients to establish common goals and support them to be part of the solution.

DIALOG's Sustainability Action Plan
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Accountability

Our commitment isn't just to the environment - it’s to each other. In September 2017, DIALOG signed up for the American Institute of Architects' 2030 Commitment, calling for all new buildings, developments, and major renovations to be carbon neutral by 2030.

We went further in 2019, signing both the Canadian Engineers Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency, and the Canadian Architectural Professionals Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency and Commitment to Urgent and Sustained Action.

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Transparency

We're also committed to tracking and sharing our progress. We developed the DIALOG Green Tracker to record the energy use intensity (EUI) of our projects and provide real-time information about how we're measuring up to our net-zero targets.

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DIALOG's Green Tracker