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Important Lessons Learned in 25 Years of Architecture Practice

09:30 - 18 May, 2017
Important Lessons Learned in 25 Years of Architecture Practice

This article was originally published by Archipreneur as "The 10 Most Important Lessons Learned in 25 Years of Architecture Practice."

The article is an expansion on one part of Archipreneur's interview with Craig Applegath, Founding Principal of DIALOG’s Toronto Studio. The architect spoke from his experience of running a 150-person practice and listed 10 tips for archipreneurs interested in starting their own business. Archipreneur shares that list here.

When I first started my own practice I thought everyone wanted to run their own practice. It turns out not. Most people just want to work in a great practice run by someone else. But for those who are real archipreneurs – and you know who you are – there is nothing so thrilling and fun as starting your own business; and nothing so scary and anxiety producing as starting your own business! They are the flip side of the same coin. But in terms of general advice for people starting their own practice or business here are ten key lessons I have learned over the past twenty-five years of practice:

AMS Nest / DIALOG + B+H Architects

10:00 - 21 September, 2015
AMS Nest / DIALOG + B+H Architects, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter + 13

  • Architects

  • Location

    The University of British Columbia, 2329 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
  • Area

    11700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Mayer/Reed, Snøhetta and DIALOG Selected to Design Oregon's Willamette Falls Riverwalk

08:00 - 3 June, 2015
Mayer/Reed, Snøhetta and DIALOG Selected to Design Oregon's Willamette Falls Riverwalk, Courtesy of Snøhetta, DIALOG, Mayer/Reed
Courtesy of Snøhetta, DIALOG, Mayer/Reed

For the first time in 100 years, Oregon’s Willamette Falls will open to the public, with a Riverwalk proposed by Mayer/Reed, Snøhetta and DIALOG. The second largest waterfall in the US, Willamette Falls has a diverse history, and the proposed design seeks to celebrate and amplify the power of the falls, weaving the pedestrian through its rich cultural and geological history.

The final destination of many west-bound pioneers on the Oregon Trail during the 1800s, the falls also served as a gathering spot and source of fish for Native Americans. During the 19th and 20th century, it was an industrial powerhouse, accommodating woolen, lumber, flour and paper mills, and a brick making operation. Yet after the bankruptcy of the Blue Heron Paper Mill, the site has been inhospitable to the public, haunted by empty industrial buildings.

TELUS Spark / DIALOG

12:00 - 16 March, 2015
TELUS Spark  / DIALOG, Courtesy of DIALOG
Courtesy of DIALOG

Courtesy of DIALOG Courtesy of DIALOG Courtesy of DIALOG Courtesy of DIALOG + 10

  • Architects

  • Location

    TELUS Spark, 220 Saint Georges Drive Northeast, Calgary, AB T2E 5T2, Canada
  • Area

    13500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011

Snøhetta Unveils Final Design for Calgary's New Central Library

01:00 - 24 September, 2014
 Snøhetta Unveils Final Design for Calgary's New Central Library, © MIR and Snøhetta
© MIR and Snøhetta

Following two years of community engagement, Snøhetta and DIALOG have released the final design for their competition-winning New Central Library in Calgary. Planned for a vibrant intersection between Downtown Calgary and the East Village, the new library aims to fulfill the city’s vision for a “technologically advanced public space for innovation, research and collaboration.”

Edmonton Airport Offices and Control Tower / DIALOG

01:00 - 22 June, 2014
Edmonton Airport Offices and Control Tower / DIALOG, © Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban + 11

  • Architects

  • Location

    1000 Airport Road, Edmonton International Airport, EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, AB T9E 0V3, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Stephen Boyd
  • Area

    8410.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Happy Cities and Stranger Danger: An Interview with DIALOG's Bruce Haden

00:00 - 24 May, 2014
© Trevor Brady
© Trevor Brady

In this article, first published by Indochino as “What makes some buildings happy?” architect Bruce Haden, principal at DIALOG in Vancouver, discusses why some places feel good to be in and why some just have that awkward, quiet feeling.

Award-winning architect and urban planner. Dad. Researcher on happy vs. lonely cities. We talked to Bruce Haden about why some places feel good to be in, and some just have that awwwkward, quiet feeling. 

Bruce Haden has only been an architect and a bartender. So ask him what he likes about it, and his answer is he doesn’t really know anything else. In high school, he didn’t want to pick between calculus and woodshop, so he ended up in a profession that’s part art, part engineering (and a fair amount of politics). Now, he works on a lot of large, public buildings. But he also spends a lot of time thinking about happy and lonely cities. He talks about how working with a client is like dating, why some buildings are worth being in and others are just empty, and whether adventure or luxury wins.

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre / DIALOG

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre  / DIALOG, © Nic Lehoux Photography
© Nic Lehoux Photography

© Nic Lehoux Photography © Nic Lehoux Photography © Nic Lehoux Photography © Nic Lehoux Photography + 11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Osoyoos, BC V0H, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Bruce Haden
  • Project Architect

    Brady Dunlop
  • Area

    1115.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

Vancouver's Granville Island: Setting the Standard for Urban Design

00:00 - 21 April, 2014

In the 1970s, the principal designers at DIALOG, Norm Hotson and Joost Bakker, were commissioned by the Canadian government to redevelop Vancouver's Granville Island, a former industrial site, into a people place. The architects envisioned a radically different type of waterfront characterized - not by beaches or parks - but by varied commercial and cultural programs. Today this iconic destination, popular with both citizens and tourists alike, is recognized as a pioneering precedent for urban development across Canada. In the video above, the DIALOG duo chronicles the success of the mixed-use design, touching on how it has influenced the city of Vancouver as well as the firm’s more recent work.

DIALOG and Snøhetta to Design Calgary’s New Central Library

00:00 - 10 November, 2013
DIALOG and Snøhetta to Design Calgary’s New Central Library, Site. Image Courtesy of DIALOG
Site. Image Courtesy of DIALOG

The search is over: DIALOG and Snøhetta have been selected from a shortlist of four to design a new central library in the Canadian city of Calgary. Planned for a prime location adjacent to City Hall, the 280,000 square foot “landmark” will “strengthen the fabric of community life by weaving East Village, the original heart of Calgary, back into the story of Centre City.” Once complete in 2018, the new library will serve over 140,000 workers and students who travel downtown every day.

Four Teams Shortlisted to Design New Central Library in Calgary

01:00 - 2 August, 2013
Four Teams Shortlisted to Design New Central Library in Calgary, Site Image via REX
Site Image via REX

Four shortlisted teams have been asked to design proposals for a new central library in the Canadian city of Calgary. Selected from 38 submissions, the competing teams of local and international architects will harness the power of platemaking to envision a 280,000 square-foot “landmark” for the East Village Calgary. 

Southlands Residence / DIALOG

01:00 - 9 July, 2013
Southlands Residence / DIALOG, © Kristopher Grunert
© Kristopher Grunert

© Kristopher Grunert © Kristopher Grunert © Kristopher Grunert © Kristopher Grunert + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vancouver, Canada
  • Principal-in-Charge

    Alan Boniface
  • Project Architect

    Vance Harris
  • Intern Architect

    Adrian Politano
  • Structural

    Equilibrium Consulting Inc
  • Landscape

    Hapa Collaborative
  • Geotechnical

    Horizon Engineering
  • Kitchen Design

    Modulnova
  • General Contractor

    Treeline Construction
  • Area

    3200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Energy Environment Experiential Learning / Perkins+Will + DIALOG

01:00 - 9 April, 2013
© Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban + 19