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DIALOG at DesignTO Festival 2023

January 26, 2023

We are delighted to share that DIALOG will return to DesignTO Festival, recognizing community wellbeing design excellence at the 2023 DesignTO Awards.

From January 20 to January 29, the annual DesignTO Festival, Canada’s leading and largest design festival, is celebrating design as a multidisciplinary form of creative thinking and making. Since 2011, the festival has been bringing communities together to celebrate creativity and culture, featuring the work of hundreds of local designers – from furniture and lighting, to interiors, architecture, and art installations. Joined by Yabu Pushelberg, DIALOG will return as co-sponsor of the 2023 DesignTO Awards, presenting three awards – the Community Wellbeing People’s Choice award, Juror’s Choice award, and the Community Wellbeing award – inspired by the Community Wellbeing Framework.

About the Community Wellbeing Framework

Created by DIALOG along with the Conference Board of Canada, the Community Wellbeing Framework is a guide comprised of domains, indicators, and metrics that can systematically address wellbeing along a variety of project types and scales. The Framework was a two-year collaborative research initiative to study the relationship between the built environment and the wellbeing of people, helping design professionals to understand the impact of their work on community wellbeing.

Community Wellbeing – People’s Choice Award

Voted by the people, the People’s Choice Award, Community Wellbeing recognizes a designer that positively contributes to the wellbeing of the community through their design.

Take a look at the full list of design work featured under the Community Wellbeing category at, then visit the link below to vote!

Community Wellbeing Award

On Friday, January 27, DIALOG jurors will walk the streets of Toronto, examining various works presented at the festival. Guided by the community wellbeing framework, they will select a notable recipient to receive the Community Wellbeing Award

Visit our Instagram on Friday, January 27, to follow along live as our jury tours the designs.

DIALOG jurors include Chen Cohen, Partner and interior designer; Mark Gorman, Associate and mechanical engineer; Nicole Moyo, intern architect and urban designer; Dorsa Jalalian, senior urban designer; and Michael Mousa, sustainability consultant.


Juror’s Choice Award

Khatereh Baharikhoob, Associate and senior urban designer, will join DesignTO’s awards jury as they examine design work presented at the festival. Each juror will select their favourite designs from any category, including events, exhibitions, window installations, and individual works in the Festival, to receive the Juror’s Choice award.

To learn more about DesignTO Festival, visit