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Managing principal of DIALOG dies in skiing accident


The late Tom Sutherland of DIALOG, Edmonton.

The late Tom Sutherland of DIALOG, Edmonton.

Tom Sutherland, an architect and managing principal of DIALOG, died suddenly in a skiing accident on April 3. Mr. Sutherland was vacationing in Fernie, B.C. with his family. The firm announced the tragedy with “profound sadness.”

Tom joined Edmonton-based DIALOG in 1997 and became managing principal in 2008. Among many other achievements he led the creation of the Prairie Design Awards, and served on the board of Global Design Alliance, a North American based alliance of design firms.

The company, which is a multi-disciplinary firm based in Edmonton, said: “Tom was a key part of helping us build the unique firm and culture that DIALOG is today. His passion for integrated design, true collaboration across all design disciplines and for excellence in design, urban design, green design and outstanding client service shines through everything Tom did. It is the foundation in which he helped us build DIALOG.”

His projects include the NAIT HP Centre, Kaye Edmonton Clinic and Royal Alexandra Hospital Robbins Pavilion.

At 53 years old, he leaves his wife Sandi Sutherland and four children (eldest daughter and triplets).