Amit is an architect and city planner deeply committed to making inclusive cities of opportunity and human connection. Motivated by his vision of urban places that promote climate resiliency and social equity, Amit has led the design of diverse complex city-shaping projects throughout his career. At DIALOG, Amit collaborates with clients, colleagues and community members on projects ranging from urban design guidelines for gently incorporating density into existing neighbourhoods; mixed-use and mixed-income transit oriented places; social housing for vulnerable communities; an aging campus for a spectrum of seniors; a student housing master plan; a tactical urbanism concept for a laneway; and high density residential projects that help expand housing choices in constrained markets. Amit brings a thoughtful attitude, creative problem solving, team leadership, great communication, a visionary perspective, and a balanced approach to every design challenge.

Viewing city-building as a holistic effort that requires the careful and creative integration of the public realm, buildings, infrastructure, programming, and landscape to make loved and valued places, Amit brings expertise in urban design and planning, architectural design, community engagement, storytelling, design strategy and process, and team management to every project. Through the facilitation of open, positive, and constructive conversations, Amit helps the best ideas rise to the surface in a compelling, engaging and respectful way. He believes that great cities are about starting from a place of optimism, building meaningful connections between people, and providing ways for everyone to better their lives through educational and work opportunities. Design is one of many tools to make these things happen, and Amit is happy to provide leadership and contribute to any efforts that help reach these goals.

Amit’s ideas and award-winning projects have been shared widely through speaking engagements, interviews, and publications. Having worked in the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, St. Louis and Johannesburg, Amit believes in design approaches rooted in place. He has won or been on the winning teams for several international design competitions and has served as a Design Advisor at the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, as well as the national board president of Architects Designers Planners for Social Responsibility.

Stephen brings over three decades of experience delivering complex science and technology projects to DIALOG. With a firm grasp of the relationships between the physical space and the functional requirements of research facilities, he is respected in the industry for the planning and design of laboratory and teaching environments that fuse architecture and engineering. Leveraging a deep understanding of scientific processes, technical knowledge, and insight into construction sequencing, Stephen’s integrative approach translates client requirements into flexible and adaptable laboratory facilities that promote collaboration and accelerate discovery. His work on research laboratories, pilot plants, and GMP manufacturing facilities for the life sciences industry is characterized by logical and efficient workflows, stringent environmental controls, and coordination among architectural elements, process equipment, and mechanical and electrical systems. Stephen’s work conveys his belief that excellent architecture has a vision, but successful projects are realized in the details. 

Dan is an architect with enthusiasm toward all aspects of his projects. He drills deep into the technical problems that are required to deliver high-performance buildings while finding imaginative solutions that concretize our clients’ vision and aspirations. Throughout Daniel’s experience as a project architect and manager, he has been instrumental in a variety of projects including cafes, complex mixed-use residential buildings, the interior/exterior renovation of office towers, and a sculptural pedestrian bridge, and has helped to develop our mixed-use/residential team.  With education in Philosophy, Architectural Building Science, and Architecture,  Dan is an ‘Architect’s Architect.’ His curiosity and rigour around what defines a great project is infectious. A creative thinker and calm leader, Dan welcomes constructive feedback and consistently challenges his studio to critically examine the work we produce. He is intent on improving our collective technical capabilities. Dan is an in-house Revit specialist and is developing Vancouver’s 3D printer operations to encourage wider use of this important design tool.  

Paria is an architect focused on residential projects and designing energy-efficient buildings. From master plan studies and design development to the production of working drawings, she has been involved in various stages of architectural and interior design throughout her career. Paria is proficient in all aspects of the profession, and her passion for design drives her to look for the best design solutions and push the envelope. Instrumental in jumpstarting our residential team, she has worked on many large residential mixed-use projects. Paria collaborates with the DIALOG tech team to develop a standardized BIM Link and Revit modeling library for residential projects. She is committed to growing a community-based residential portfolio working directly with the clients and other stakeholders.  

Saurabh is a sustainability consultant who believes in holistic design solutions that balance form, function and performance. From building performance analysis to embodied carbon, and healthy materials to green building rating systems, he is deeply knowledgeable in the principles of sustainable design.  Saurabh shares his expertise with project teams and as a client consultant to improve building performance. Over his career, Saurabh has been involved with performance analysis, including early-stage energy & daylight simulations and life-cycle assessments, and has completed several LEED projects in the mixed-use/residential, commercial, healthcare, sports, and education sectors. He is involved in several DIALOG-wide initiatives to develop knowledge, tools, and processes, including the embodied carbon and early-stage energy modeling initiatives. Saurabh remobilized the Toronto Green Team, initiated learning sessions around various sustainability topics such as the release of Toronto Green Standard v4, and leads the coordination and submission of data for the AIA 2030 Commitment program for the Toronto Studio. 

Jin is a senior architect dedicated to tackling new areas of architectural design and construction, particularly in healthcare. He has worked on over 60 projects as a designer, job captain, project manager, and clinical health care planner. Jin’s numerous healthcare projects incorporate the integration of highly technical, complex equipment into sophisticated hospital infrastructure. He led the architectural team for the Lions Gate Hospital Power Plant, was the clinical planner for the Brain Centre Project at the Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre, and has led Connect Care projects across Alberta.

With a leadership style focused on delivering project excellence and making a difference to our communities, Jin brings energy, creativity, and an innovative spirit to our team. His collaborative approach, attention to detail, and passion for integrated projects have earned him the respect of engineering and architectural teams and allowed him to build strong relationships with clients and contractors. 

Charmaine brings energy, a holistic industry perspective, and attention to detail to our Toronto studio. Throughout her experience in various project types, she has worked as an architectural technologist, contract administrator, and job captain. In her current role as project manager, she oversees complex projects involving teams of both internal and external consultants. As a certified Contract Administrator with a strong interest in building code and contract administration, Charmaine is committed to knowledge dissemination and translation. Clients and peers regard her as an exceptional project manager who builds lasting relationships with stakeholders. Charmaine’s knowledge of the overall design and construction process is a crucial asset in managing projects, and clients rely on her expertise and thoroughness to deliver projects successfully. As a leader, she brings a collaborative and dedicated passion to all aspects of the project delivery, and her communication skills allow her to organize her teams effectively. Charmaine is a charismatic role model for other female architects, designers, and engineers. 

Mara is an architect with more than 20 years of experience in sustainability, urban planning, research, and teaching. Her approach leverages deep expertise in sustainable design, including energy, water, materials, and human health and wellbeing.  With extensive knowledge of LEED rating systems, she is also Living Future Accredited (LFA), a member of the WELL faculty, and a Fitwell ambassador. Mara’s design solutions are always two-pronged: creating places that make people healthier and happier and providing strategies that build a healthier environment.

Before joining DIALOG, Mara served as a Principal and Sustainable Design Leader with a global design firm. Her work experience includes large, complex projects for clients such as the San Francisco International Airport, the University of Michigan, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles County, and Humber River Regional Hospital. An accomplished facilitator, Mara is also a public speaker, published author, and an online faculty member of the Boston Architectural College Sustainable Design Institute. There, she teaches the Green Building and Health and Sustainable Design of Healthcare Facilities courses.

Over the past three decades, as a Founding Principal of NXL Architects, Jay built a reputation as a leader in the programming, planning, design, and execution of specialized pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and life sciences research facilities. He joined our firm in 2021 when NXL merged with DIALOG to create a national Science + Technology practice.

Driven to do work that matters, Jay builds on his deep knowledge of scientific processes and operational workflows. By integrating architecture and engineering, Jay creates high-performance workplaces that facilitate team collaboration, support advanced research, and accelerate breakthrough discovery. He prides himself on his ability to make connections and solve puzzles, and to intuitively connect specialized spaces in a way that optimizes the flow of people and materials. His ability to deftly insert new process equipment and mechanical and electrical systems into existing building fabric has been key to the success of major renovation and expansion projects.

His collaborative leadership style merges design principles from academia and industry to advance the functionality of complex facilities and guide teams towards solutions that result in safe, effective, and dynamic workplaces. Engaging closely with clients, Jay seeks to create adaptive facilities that will function far into the future as the science changes, by ensuring that all technical elements are elegantly integrated into a complete, high-functioning ecosystem designed for growth.

As a specialist and authority in complex controlled-environment designs, Jay has spoken at conferences and seminars for the Toronto Biotechnology Initiative, the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers, and the Toronto Research Symposium as well as Sustainable Labs Canada and, most recently, Tradeline Research Facilities.

A registered architect with over 15 years of experience, Yvonne’s project work encompasses programming, design, production, and project management of various building types. She is a talented leader, passionate about client service and the design and execution of excellent buildings that improve people’s quality of life while enhancing community wellbeing. Yvonne’s commercial work includes involvement in the design and development of Bankers Court and Brookfield Place. She played a critical role in the functional programming for the MRU Riddell Library and Learning Centre and lead the design of the Andrews Wing Renovation at the University of Lethbridge. In heading projects like Laboratories Canada Cultural Heritage, she leverages her programming, oversight, laboratory planning, and workshop facilitation experience.  Yvonne’s ability to organize, gather, and present information in an approachable way contributes to comprehensive design solutions that meet clients’ needs.