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Greetings! I’m Wendy Sarkissian.


I bring over 40 years’ experience to planning, design and environmental studies.

I was educated in Arts, literature, town planning and environmental ethics.

I am a planner, author, educator, facilitator and consultant.

I work primarily in planning and development in Australia and overseas.


I am passionate about our future, the future of housing, planning, communities and community engagement.


I work as a consultant for government and private industry to assist with social planning and training needs.


My career as consultant and academic in Australia and overseas has provided firsthand knowledge of many contexts, from developers’ boardrooms to low-income housing estates.


Originallly educated as an English teacher, I hold a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Masters of Arts in literature, a Masters of Town Planning and a PhD in environmental ethics and planning education.


I have pioneered innovative planning, engagement and development approaches in a wide variety of contexts.


I work with senior managers and advisors to government departments and private enterprise, primarily in the urban, community, housing and development sectors.


Launch of Kitchen Table Sustainability, Honolulu, 2009

Launch of Kitchen Table Sustainability, Honolulu, 2009

Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia


Now a senior member of my profession and regarded as an engaging and thought-provoking speaker, I recently was appointed as a Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.


I have served on Boards in South Australia and Queensland and am the author of several books on housing and community engagement.

A busy and productive few years…


The past few years have been incredibly productive.


I’ve co-authored three new books on community engagement with Earthscan in London.

See: https://www.amazon.com/Wendy-Sarkissian/e/B001HPDSSS


A major, year-long evaluation study of resident satisfaction with high-rise housing in Vancouver has been completed and published.   And our new home and office are now built.




To download my current resume, please click here:
Wendy Sarkissian resume December 2016




Here is a current headshot:


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Dr Wendy Sarkissian
[email protected]    

New address as of 14 May 2017:
# 14, 1086 Bute Street, Vancouver BC Canada V6E 1Z5
Phone: + 1 604 618 8334