Our Team
Emily Rennalls Associate, Urban Designer Vancouver

Emily joined our Vancouver studio as a planner and public engagement specialist. Her interdisciplinary career spans all aspects of urbanism, including policy planning, master planning, urban design, public engagement, and design strategy. At the core of all her work is a design thinking approach, commitment to transparency, and evidence-based outcomes. Emily finds joy in leading generative engagement processes that unveil a community’s unique story of place. She has engaged diverse perspectives ranging from ferry users to artists, neighbourhood residents to university students, and marginalized communities to business associations. With an approach rooted in humility and dialogue, Emily translates engagement outcomes into design concepts, policy drivers, and strategic actions. Emily consistently questions assumptions about what “good” urban planning looks like through exploring practices and perspectives outside the profession. She believes that we can achieve a more equitable, sustainable, and innovative urban future by collaborating with diverse points of view and challenging our preconceived notions.

If you could work a ‘day in the life’ of another discipline at DIALOG, whose would it be?
Development Hub. Our DevHub brings the “what ifs” of DIALOGers to life. Right now, they are working with our mechanical engineering and sustainability teams to pioneer methods of analyzing and reducing the carbon emissions associated with our architectural and master plan designs.

Where do you find inspiration?
Walking around any city listening to Philip Glass’ creations

What could turn any bad day into a good day?
In Vancouver? That’s easy: sunshine.

Education

Bachelor of Environmental Design, Honours
University of British Columbia

IAP2 Certificates in Planning and Techniques
International Association of Public Participation

Beyond Smart Cities: Emerging Design and Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Awards