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Services for clients include Statements of Significance, Heritage Assessments, Character Assessments, and Conservation Plans. I am a registered professional member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Planners (CAHP).

Statements of Significance (SoS) are a standardized document used by city officials and others to record the values of a building or site but they are not intended to be a comprehensive history or documentation. Values-based assessments are neutral and do not pass judgement on the design, condition, or history but place the site in the context of its surroundings and define its character defining elements. 

Character Assessments: are relatively simple documents required for pre-1940s houses in Vancouver. They record the condition of a site, the surviving heritage elements while noting renovations and loss of character based on a seven point system developed by the City of Vancouver. 

Heritage Assessments: are comprehensive documents that assess a site's development history, building condition, renovations, heritage character and more. They are required in Vancouver for houses situated in the Shaughnessy district.

Conservation Plans: the condition of a building, capture the Character Defining Elements (often provided by an existing SoS) and provides a road map for how those elements will be handled and treated in the development. The plan also provides a guide for making new elements fit with an existing structure. 

Other Work: As a consultant I have written a Lighting Strategy for Chinatown (2008), co-authored Chinatown's application for National Historic Site status (2010), along with international planning prize submissions. Recent projects have included Chinatown's iconic HoHo restaurant, the Barclay Grocery and projects in the Kootenays, including the Fernie Heritage Strategy.

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