Hello, my name is Wayne Wilson…
and, from experience, I know that development work begins with teamwork and site context. The most important phase of successful development begins in a framework that encompasses historical sequence, geographical setting, and culture. As each community or neighbourhood grows, layers of cultural meaning are laid down, one over another.
Acknowledging these layers of meaning can support development work in profound and tangible ways. At the same time, it builds social equity as a project moves forward. Careful research, for example, can inform important design and statement choices at both the conceptual stage and as a project unfolds. It can also tie socioeconomic and sociocultural values to a project in ways that are both sensitive and compelling.
The powerful combination of historical design elements and research of community stories and values comes together to provide a solid and level playing field from which professionals and communities can make thoughtful and well-informed decisions.
My job is to help you get there and to assist in creating the defensible first steps necessary in realizing great community development projects.
It would be my pleasure to help you, your business or community reach your goals.
About Wayne Wilson BA, MA
Wayne has worked in the museum and heritage fields in British Columbia for more than thirty years, most recently as the Executive Director of the Kelowna Museums Society operations. In that role, Wayne oversaw the redevelopment of the award-winning and iconic heritage building (Laurel Packinghouse), the establishment of business functions such as the BC VQA Wine Shop in the BC Wine Museum, and the re-branding of the organization to recognize its seven distinct operational functions. For the past three years he has worked as the contract Executive Director for the Central Okanagan Trust.
Backing Wayne’s practical experience is a BA and MA from the University of British Columbia, where his thesis turned around Okanagan irrigation and the ‘greening of the Okanagan Valley’. This academic work took him to Okanagan University College, where he sat as a professor in the Geography Faculty and taught courses in British Columbia and Canadian geography for ten years.
For the past fifteen years, Wayne has consulted to both government and the business sector in areas of exhibition development, heritage management, site development, and cultural facilities operations. His clients include Canada Lands, Teck Metals, Urban Systems Ltd., CTQ Consultants Ltd., Citizenship and Immigration Canada, City of Kelowna, and others.