A proud multi-generational Canadian, David is an architect and an urban ecologist. His background as a biologist has helped him lead his office in sustainable design – including Metro Vancouver Fraser Valley’s first LEED Gold building, affordable housing initiatives, and healthy homes in coastal First Nations communities.
David is also a best selling author of the graphic novel ‘Escape to Gold Mountain’, an illustrated narrative on racism and the early Chinese North American experience. He was named by the Vancouver Sun as one of BC’s “100 influential Chinese-Canadians” and as one of “Vancouver’s Leading Lights in Green Design”. The past decades have seen David lead the effort to protect Vancouver’s urban forest, recently recognized internationally as one of the world’s best tree canopied cities. He actively supports Canadian arts, cultural and environmental efforts through planning, volunteering, and helping establish organizations and events that help build community and share knowledge. He includes First Peoples participation on all of his projects, whether its in his architectural projects, environmental advocacy or literature. Our First Peoples have reciprocated their respect to David with honours and adoptions by First Nations communities across North America. In 2013, David was inducted as an Honorary Witness by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. At that ceremony, David promised to share knowledge and help First Nations train their own people to build affordable housing and mentor their youth to become Architects, builders and designers.
David is a proponent of diversity and intercultural knowledge sharing as an incubator of creativity and innovation— manifesting themselves as the economic engine for many small business enterprises. It is important to nurture and protect these small businesses, as they create over half of our province’s jobs.
Most important, David firmly believes we have a moral responsibility to care for those who cared for us when we were young, and in so doing we will serve as role models for future generations.