What’s your favourite DIALOG project?
MacKimmie Complex.
Where do you find inspiration?
Walking through cities.
What’s one item you won’t leave home without?
My very tiny Mnemosyne Sketchbook.

Michael first joined us as a student and then officially became a DIALOGer as an intern architect in 2014 after earning his master’s degree from Dalhousie University. His thesis work exploring revitalization of Edmonton's Rossdale Powerplant was awarded a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Student Medal, a RAIC National Urban Design Award, and an Urban Design Award from the City of Edmonton.  

Michael provides design and creative leadership for a broad range of cultural, community, and mixed-use projects. He was an integral member of the design team for Edmonton's Mechanized River Valley Access project. He helped lead the design of this project from concept through to completion. Michael has also contributed to the Edmonton Valley Zoo Amphitheatre and the Myer Horowitz Theatre at the University of Alberta. His project work reflects a passion for creating meaningful places anchored by strong design ideas.  

I wake up in the morning to find ways to affect how people experience their world.
Michael Zabinski


  • Master of Architecture Dalhousie University
  • Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies Dalhousie University


2016 National Urban Design Award - Student Projects, Royal Architecture Institute of Canada

2015 Edmonton Urban Design Award - Student Project, City of Edmonton

2014 RAIC Student Medal , Royal Architecture Institute of Canada