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SOLD OUT – Speaker Series: Community Building Through Public Space

March 6, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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406 611 Alexander Street
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
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SOLD OUT – Contact ULI BC to be placed on waitlist!

Join ULI BC for its popular Speaker Series! We are delighted to have Martin Nielsen and Matthew Thomson, both with DIALOG as our guests.

Martin and Matthew will be presenting two key projects that enhance community building through public space: the 9km Arbutus Greenway and the Smithe and Richards Urban Park. The speakers will also share how their backgrounds have shaped their exciting careers.

About our speakers…

Martin Nielsen, Architect, AIBC, MRAIC, PEng, LEED® AP


A registered architect and mechanical engineer, Martin brings over twenty-five years of experience and leadership to DIALOG’s urban design, mixed-use development, higher education, and transportation projects. He is very passionate about developing sustainable design solutions that are socially, economically, and environmentally responsible.

Martin’s recent project work includes leading the design and construction of UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) prior to joining DIALOG; targeting LEED Platinum and Living Building certification, the facility is considered one of the greenest institutional projects in North America. He has taught at the UBC School of Architecture and Faculty of Engineering and is currently serving on the UBC Advisory Urban Design Panel. He is also serving on the Squamish Nation Advisory Design Panel and has served as Chair on the City of Vancouver Urban Design Panel.



Matthew Thomson, BCSLA, CSLA

Matthew has a background in landscape architecture and fine arts. He brings over 15 years of urban design and planning experience to the project team. He has worked on a broad range of projects, from large scale master planning to smaller scale detailed site designs, working locally, nationally, and internationally.

Prior to joining DIALOG, Matthew was a Principal with Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg where he worked as a Senior Landscape Architect. There he led the designs on a number of  projects, such as the TELUS World of Science Outdoor Science Park, the Oakridge Mall Redevelopment and numerous UBC campus improvements projects.

Since joining DIALOG in 2013, Matthew has been an integral part of our urban design project teams. Some of his most recent projects are the Tofino Main Street Concept Design, the UBC Bus Transit Hub and Student Housing Design, the Railyards Residential Development in Victoria and the Seaspan Headquarters Redevelopment in North Vancouver.

Matthew continues to cultivate his graphic sensibility along with his interest and knowledge in urban and environmental design which contributes greatly to each of his projects. He holds particular value to responsive design processes, and regularly engages the public and stakeholder groups at the early stages of a project, recognizing the importance of context and the community needs and values in shaping the design thereby creating a richer sense of place.

Matthew is the former Chair of The City of Richmond Urban Design Panel and involves himself in a number of community based design initiatives, such as Viva Vancouver and Parkit Surrey. Matthew is also part of a two-member design-build team that has recently won a number of public art commissions within the Lower Mainland.

Registration Details:

Members: $35
Non-Members: $50

*All fees are in CDN funds and are subject to GST. Fees include complimentary snacks and beverages.

Phone/Email/Fax: March 4th
Online: March 5th

*Refund requests must be submitted by March 4th.

To register, download a registration form to submit via email or fax, or register online via the “register now” button below, or call ULI Customer Service at 1.800.321.5011.

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