Our Team
Tai Ziola Partner, Architect Architect, AAA | Architect AIBC | MRAIC | LEED® AP Edmonton

Tai joined us when her predecessor firm, newstudio, merged with DIALOG. She lends her expertise to a wide range of residential, institutional, and commercial projects. Believing that we thrive best in collaborative networks and robust communities, her definition of a successful project is when the ambitions of the design and the community’s aspirations are both realized.

Tai is a strong advocate for the role of architecture and urban design in improving the livability of our cities. She consistently connects with stakeholder groups, clients, and members of the broader community in her role as project leader and facilitator. As a conscientious team player, Tai’s cooperative approach to design has earned the respect of municipal authorities, client groups, and community advocates alike.   

Due to her in-depth knowledge of the city-building regulatory framework, Tai is frequently invited to consult on zoning regulation changes. She has also participated in Edmonton’s Growth Market Intelligence Committee, the Energy Transition Leadership Network, and the Emissions Neutral Buildings Steering Committee. 

Tai has contributed to her community by serving on numerous charitable and municipal boards. She is a founding member of the Infill Development in Edmonton Association (IDEA) and actively engages in industry committee work. Tai also a member of the Edmonton Design Committee, a Board and Procurement + Contracts Committee Member with Consulting Architects of Alberta, and an Advocacy Committee Member with the Alberta Association of Architects.

An enthusiast of architectural history, Tai recently founded Sunday Modernism, a collaborative project studying Edmonton’s mid-century modern churches and their relationship to modernist urban planning and community-building.

If you could work a ‘day in the life’ of another discipline at DIALOG, whose would it be?
DIALOG’s planning team. They have such passion for the urban scale and how architectural projects fit into sustainable city building and the human experience.

Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in Alberta’s landscape. The prairies are often underappreciated, but I love our beautiful light and low-angle sun and the way it illuminates everything, the subtle colour differences and textures, and snow on the prairies.

What’s your favourite pastime?
I’m a serial skill developer. I love to learn to make things: silversmithing, pottery, knitting, printmaking, woodworking, sewing, mixed media, restoring furniture.

"I love empowering our clients to achieve their unique visions. Design has such potential to truly impact our communities, in ways big and small.
Education

Master of Architecture
University of British Columbia

Bachelor of Design, Industrial Design
University of Alberta

Awards