Meet Wendy Sarkissian

Greetings! I’m Wendy Sarkissian.

I have over 40 years of experience in planning, design, and environmental studies.

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

I am a retired planner, educator, facilitator, and consultant, currently working as an author, activist, and ethicist.

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

I worked 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 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, focussing on climate change.

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

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

Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia

Now retired, I am a Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia. I served on Boards in South Australia and Queensland and am the author of several books on housing and community engagement.

From 2008-2010, I co-authored three new books on community engagement with Earthscan Routledge.


Here is a current headshot:

Photo: Christopher Baudat


Wendy Sarkissian
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Phone: + 1 604 618 8334