Introducing Craig Applegath as Acting Chair of the Mass Timber Institute Leadership Council


We are pleased to announce that Craig Applegath, DIALOG, has accepted the role of Acting Chair of the Leadership Council. The Mass Timber Institute is looking to the Leadership Council for strategic advice on bridging the gap between the practical needs of architects, engineers and construction companies, among others interested in mass timber building, and the broad range of mass timber research that is being conducted across Canada and elsewhere. Finding solutions to provide more education and training to support the growing mass timber sector is another challenge.

Architect, urban designer, and a pioneer in the planning and design of zero-carbon buildings and campuses, Mass Timber buildings, climate adaptation, and regenerative cities, Craig is a Principal and founding partner of DIALOG’s Toronto studio.

Trained as a biologist, and then as an architect and urban designer, Craig is passionate about finding planning and design solutions that make sense in a world challenged by climate change and environmental deterioration. Since graduating from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University with a Master of Architecture in Urban Design, Craig has focused on leading complex, sustainable planning and design projects, and is internationally recognized for his design and advocacy of zero-carbon regenerative buildings and cities. Craig’s area of practice at DIALOG includes the master planning and design of institutional and mixed-use projects.

In addition to his professional practice responsibilities, Craig speaks about his research and design explorations at conferences and workshops internationally. This has included recent presentations at conferences, including the UN Habitat III Conference in Prague, the World Future Council Conferences in Munich and Beijing, and most recently, at the International Living Futures Institute Conference in Portland. Craig also hosts the Twenty First Century Imperative podcast, where he explores the questions of how will we continue to live on our planet without destroying our biosphere; how will we repair and regenerate the environmental damage we have already caused; and how will we successfully adapt to the escalating impacts of climate change?

Craig is a founding Board Member of Sustainable Buildings Canada, and a past President of the Ontario Association of Architects. Craig was made a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada for his services to the profession of architecture, and an Honourary Member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects for contribution to the profession of landscape architecture.

With his skills and multi-disciplinary experience, we are confident that Craig is well positioned to help us expand the Council in the coming year.