Rod was a partner at DIALOG for nearly 10 years, and remains active and fully engaged with design teams and clients on a number of projects across our studios. Rod is passionate about integration, customer service, and sustainability. Before becoming a DIALOGer, he completed many groundbreaking sustainability projects, including Vancouver’s National Works Yard, the first-ever LEED® Gold project certified by the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC). Rod is known for his collaborative approach to design, his ability to get to the heart of an issue, and his desire to solve problems while staying focused on the big picture. He strives to deliver excellent results in all aspects of a project while staying on budget.
Also a highly sought-after speaker, Rod believes in sharing his knowledge with others so that we can all move towards a more sustainable future. Rod is also an advocate for having fun while working on a project. He understands that the design and construction process can be complicated and challenging but knows that the team can enjoy the process while accomplishing great things together.
If you could work a ‘day in the life’ of another discipline at DIALOG, whose would it be?
My original intention after obtaining my engineering degree was to go back to architecture school and become an architect. I now get to work very closely with some of the most talented and diverse architects I’ve ever met, so I already feel like I get to spend a day in the life of an architect.
What’s one thing about you that would surprise people?
I played the violin to a fairly high level when I was young, and have played guitar, bass, and drums in various alternative bands in the past. My main instrument is the bass guitar, though. I love laying down a phat bass groove.
What’s your favourite pastime?
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a fairly avid (some may say obsessed) golfer. Living in Vancouver allows me to golf pretty much year round, which makes the DIALOGers in other cities jealous.
Nothing is more satisfying than solving a complex problem in a simple and effective manner. Innovation does not necessarily mean increased complexity - it just requires trying something others may not have thought of.
Bachelor of Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering
The University of British Columbia