Norman Hotson is an architect with over 40 years’ experience and the founding principal of the DIALOG design studio in Vancouver. His specific expertise is in the master planning of large-scale, urban sites for major redevelopment initiatives, and in architectural works, such as university buildings, public markets and high-density residential projects. Over his career, he has designed and led a diversity of award-winning projects in architecture, planning and urban design, and has directed the design of numerous waterfronts in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Since 1977, he has served as the coordinating architect for the redevelopment of Granville Island on behalf of the Government of Canada. This redevelopment has been heralded worldwide as one of the most important urban precedents of our time. The project transformed a 14.2-hectare site from an assemblage of dilapidated industrial warehouses into a vibrant community. In 2009, Granville Island was named “Best Neighbourhood in North America” by the New York non-profit organization Project for Public Spaces. Norm has served the community through membership on the Vancouver Heritage Advisory Committee and the Urban Design Panel; the NCC’s Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty; and in various fundraising drives for non-profit and charitable organizations. A fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Norm holds an Honours Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto.