“New DIALOG for leading design firms.” Originally released on September 15, 2010.
Today begins a new era for a group of leading Canadian architecture, engineering, interior design, planning and urban design firms as they adopt a new name for their recent merger. Cohos Evamy, Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden, Mole White Associates, and Office for Urbanism will now be known collectively as DIALOG.
The new name recognizes a shared vision to create something unique in our industry. “We believe the most effective way to design and plan for our increasingly complex world is to use a highly collaborative approach, one that brings unique perspectives together, bridges traditional boundaries, and engages clients and their communities. Today we’re putting a name to this shared vision,” said firm managing principal Tom Sutherland.
When asked about moving beyond the original names, firm chair, Doug McConnell observed that, “We’re looking to the future. Our new name speaks to a vital national professional practice built upon a multidisciplinary approach committed to collaborative design”.
Clients who have grown accustomed to each founding firm’s high quality of work can rest easy. Sutherland added, “Our names may have changed, but our values, our principles, and our commitment to excellence remain the same. We’re still focused on doing great work and being a force for positive change for our clients, their communities, and the environment we all share.”
The name DIALOG conveys the firm’s uniquely collaborative approach founded upon engagement of clients and communities by multidisciplinary teams of architects, engineers, interior designers, planners, and graphic artists in an interactive planning and design process. It is an approach that has garnered international recognition for the firm’s outstanding contributions to the public realm and the design of cities.