Looking for a highly experienced person to help with social and community planning issues?
I could be the person you are looking for.
In the pages that follow, I summarise the range of consulting services I offer: housing, community engagement, social planning, placemaking, keynote addresses and workshops and training.
I have worked as a social planning consultant for over thirty years and as an academic and author for many years as well.
I have a wide background, experience and education.
While I am a specialist in several areas, I also have generalist knowledge.
So it’s often difficult to pigeonhole or precisely categorise my offerings and my skills and expertise.
HI, I’m Wendy Sarkissian, author, community planner and engagement practitioner.
I am passionate about helping people create processes and places that are inspirations for our future. I provide expert social planning and design advice.
We all enjoy inspired places in our communities.
And everyone can benefit from visionary and inspirational processes to help design and create them.
Have you found that planning and creating great community spaces and involving people in decisions about them are a far cry from what you expected?
If you want inspired places in your community and successful engagement processes that bring people on board, you’re in the right place.
Do you feel you could be more successful in the processes you use to engage local people about those places?
Successful community engagement processes can be critical to a projects success.
The right tools
But without the right experience, skills, tools and support, it’s easy for things to go off course. And getting it wrong can be painful and costly.
The good news is – I can help you get it right.
You can design inspirational engagement processes to achieve those results – including engagement about strategies and policies, as well as for physical plans and designs.
I can help you design inspirational community engagement processes with clear guidelines and checklists that make it very easy to deliver successful engagement processes.
And I can help you evaluate the success of your processes – from the participants’ perspectives.
I can also facilitate successful engagement processes for you.
My processes can help you design places that meet people’s needs – in direct and accountable ways.
You can develop your own tailor-made checklists, manuals and engagement programs.
You can access many excellent practical advisory materials. Most are completely free.
Because you’re good at what you do, you want to create inspirational places in your community – parks, public places, streets, malls, squares, plazas, playgrounds and housing – that fit the needs of the people who use them.
A bad fit?
Perhaps you’re familiar with some public place or housing that is architecturally interesting … but it just doesn’t “fit” the needs of local people who use it.
After it’s built, it’s is usually too late to fix design details that are just not functional. They end up being annoying to users … or very costly.
Sometimes, housing proposals elicit NIMBY responses. And if we don’t find out more about NIMBY psychology, things can get messy very quickly.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can create inspirational public places or housing that users will love. And even rave about.
You can also create community engagement processes that help the development of housing that really matters to people — residents and neighbours alike — using my innovative the Homing Instinct approaches.
I can help you develop planning and design briefs to make sure that your places meet the needs of identified users and user groups so you can develop places that work.
Planning and Design Guidelines
If you’re after specific design guidelines for your planning project so you can create a place that is culturally appropriate, sustainable, suitable for all ages — and that really ‘fits’ the needs of those who will use it, then contact me directly: email@example.com
Please contact me if I can help you in any way.