Accomplishments

David H.T. Wong
B. Sc. Biology (UBC)   B. Architecture  (UBC);  Architect, AIBC

  • Founding principal of Architectural firm whose work spanned several continents. Projects focused on  sustainable masterplanning, eco-villages and affordable housing
  • Named by Vancouver Sun as one of Vancouver’s “Leading lights in Green Design”
  • Designed one of Metro Vancouver’s first LEED Gold buildings (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
  • Best selling Author (Graphic Novel); book also published in German language
  • Named by Vancouver Sun as one of BC’s “100 Influential Chinese Canadians”
  • Decades of professional work, activism and advocacy for Affordable Housing & Community building
  • Advocate and mentor to Coastal First Nations youth in becoming their own housing and community designers
  • Recipient of QE II Diamond Jubilee medal for work in support of the Arts, Culture and the Environment
  • Led community effort to stop condo development and destruction of urban forest on city owned golf course
  • Advocated for a stronger urban tree retention by-law. Vancouver is now recognized as one of the world’s best tree-canopied cities
  • Decades of connecting young people to our natural world through native tree frog release programs
  • “Save the Frogs Day” City proclamation, the first city in the world to do so (amphibian conservation and their valued role to medicines and people well-being)
  • Worked on preparation for City’s first Heritage Building Register
  • Led community effort to save one of Vancouver’s 10 oldest remaining buildings, in historic “Japantown” 
  • Honourary Witness for Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
  • Adopted by a number of First Nations Clans and Families across North America
  • Founding Director of Arts and Cultural organizations, including, Asian Heritage Month: ExplorAsian, RicePaper Magazine, Chief Dan George Centre for Indigenous Studies, Asian Canadian Writers Workshop, Museum of Migration: Pacific Canada Heritage Centre, AIBC Architects in the School, LiterAsian festival; Advisor at BCIT: School of Construction and the Environment
  • On successful Canadian effort to designate ancestral buildings, the Kaiping Diaolou as a UNESCO World Heritage site