Marilyn is the interior design director in our Toronto studio. Since joining DIALOG over a decade ago, she has provided top-level direction to our design teams and been responsible for quality control on hundreds of successful projects. Her expertise lies in space planning and detailing and a niche in furniture selection and standards. Marilyn is well-recognized in the industry, and her exceptional design skills are matched by in-depth project management expertise. Her talent for project management has been a significant factor in a wide range of projects for various clients, including the real estate group at Manulife Financial, Dex Media, EDULINX, Delcan Corporation, Westwood College, Monitor Group, and A. T. Kearney.
Jacqueline has been a DIALOGer since 2005. She brings a well-rounded knowledge of design and construction processes to her work. Her career has focused on community-oriented projects Jacqueline’s career has focused on community-oriented projects and institutional design. She brings a well-rounded knowledge of design and construction processes to her projects. As a lead interior designer and contract administrator, Jacqueline worked on the Mount Royal University Riddell Library & Learning Center, the Calgary Public Library Branch, and renovations to the Calgary Airport IFP and Kelowna Airport Air Terminal Expansion. She strives to understand the unique dynamics and needs of each client, organization, and end-user and appreciates each project’s varied creative and organizational requirements. As a result, she creates environments that optimize space use while being flexible enough to adapt to future needs. Reputable organization and communication skills are the foundation of Jacqueline’s success. She works diligently with clients, consultants, construction managers, and her fellow team members to create an inclusive environment where both people and projects can thrive.
Sara has over two decades of international interior design experience. A workplace and higher education design enthusiast, her passion for transforming spaces has substantially amplified the impact of DILAOG’s projects. Sarah has a firm belief that we are here to tell our client’s stories through the built environment. Her ability to uncover a business’s objectives, culture, and employee needs materializes in her unique and conscientious designs. Sara’s concepts are inspiring and functional, combining significant creative design ability with years of technical and planning skills. As the Vancouver interior design team leader, she brings a valuable mix of creative and organizational skills to the table. Sara is a brilliant facilitator of client and interdisciplinary team relationships and champions DIALOG’s multidisciplinary design process. Her multifaceted skill set allows her to liaise with and enable her clients, coordinate consultants, and manage project milestones – all while empowering her team to push the boundaries of design.
As an interior designer in our Calgary Studio, Christine concentrates on repositioning buildings with forward-thinking renovations, including large corporate spaces and hotels. She is a forward-thinker, embracing innovative design ideas, concepts, and finishes while balancing the value of form, function, and aesthetics. Her holistic approach to cultivating working relationships with clients and consultants centers around understanding what clients need and their desired project outcomes. Christine believes that a collaborative process is the surest way to achieve top design solutions.
Throughout her more than 15 years of commercial design experience, Cindy has led various new build and renovation projects. She believes that that the design process is all about people and is dedicated to meeting the individual needs of clients, stakeholders, and project design teams. A passion for creating well-balanced and intuitively designed spaces drives Cindy’s work. Multidisciplinary, integrated design processes are, for her, the best way to realize that goal. Her ability to bridge the gap between design practice and theory rests in balancing great attention to detail with the overall design vision. As a mentor, coach, and teacher, Cindy is devoted to sharing her knowledge and experience.
Angela is an ambidextrous interior designer who balances highly evolved technical expertise with insightful planning, creative designs, and organized leadership. Her firm belief that the best design solutions come about by understanding challenges from all perspectives have made her an invaluable member of our team for over two decades. Angela’s inquisitive nature, determination, and passion lead her to thoughtful designs for large national clients and small community initiatives. With more than 30 years of experience, Angela’s New Brunswick roots and roll-up-the-sleeves approach bring a driven, collaborative ethos to our team. Clients respect her as their trusted advisor. As a result, Angela has worked with repeat clients on multiple projects. She is a registered interior designer and member of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC).
Michele is conceptual, analytical, authentic, and youthfully exuberant. A designer with DIALOG for over 20 years, she approaches every project with new eyes, rather than projecting a signature style. Michele innately creates design solutions that embody each client’s specific aspirations, brand vision, and needs. The result is fresh and unique spaces that improve community wellbeing.
Michele isn’t afraid to ask why, and she doesn’t easily accept the status quo. Curious, her work moves the dial on place making in a way that simplifies the complex. Creating answers through ingenious and delightful interpretations is where she gets her kicks.
Michele sets the tone for interior design as the lead for our national interior design discipline and the Vancouver interior design team. Her lengthy experience, together with the fact that she’s just so likable, gives her the exceptional capacity to build relationships between team members, consultants, and clients. Michele manages to do this in a way that brings excitement, commitment, and dedication from the entire project team. She is warm, charming, and pragmatic. Michele designs from a place of care and interest, and that’s what makes her such a strong interior design team leader.
Alison joined us as a partner in our Toronto studio following a 14-year tenure as a design director with another firm. One of our national interior design leaders, she focuses on hospitality, retail, and corporate workplace projects. Alison approaches each design challenge with unmatched rigor, an eye for detail, and bold pragmatism. Her roster of award-winning work illustrates her belief that all great projects start with understanding the brand’s urban, building, and cultural context in conjunction with the market, business aspirations, and client’s needs. Allison’s ability to move seamlessly between all building scales and disciplines influences her integrated design solutions, from master planning and programming to the refined detail of a custom chair.
A genuinely passionate designer, Alison has a talent for turning abstract ideas into inspiring built environments. Over her 20-plus-year career, she has developed an impressive body of work defining global brands. Some of her most notable projects include the Four Seasons Toronto d|bar, the Four Seasons Toronto Spa, the Four Seasons Resort Whistler, and the JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District. Alison is always hands-on and works closely with her clients to design beautiful spaces that exceed their expectations.
Alison also currently serves as a member of the Governing Council, an elected body within the Partnership, responsible for the stewardship in the long-term interests and wellbeing of DIALOG.
Cohen brings an impressive wealth of knowledge and experience to our Toronto studio. As an integrated designer with a background in both interior design and architecture, she delivers a holistic approach to designing buildings from the inside out. Recognized by numerous national and international design awards, her work is characterized by the exceptional quality of light, careful material choices, strategic use of colour, and a selection of furnishings that harmonize to elevate the overall spatial experience of every building.
Cohen’s diverse portfolio of large complex institutional buildings includes academic, civic, sports and recreation, and museum projects. Known for her methodical, hands-on, collaborative style from early concept through completion, Cohen’s approach to interior design weaves in her passion for universal design. She leads stakeholder explorations around cultural, physical, and gender sensitivities to support and enhance the user experience. Cohen is also in the process of achieving the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) Professional designation to promote conversations and design solutions that improve meaningful use and equitable experiences of her projects.