Born and raised in Vancouver, Donald Luxton has been a passionate and committed heritage advocate, professional and leader in British Columbia for over four decades. Involved in the field of heritage and cultural resource management since 1983, he is a well-known conservation consultant, cultural heritage advisor, advocate, educator, and author, and has worked on countless projects throughout western Canada, including municipal planning projects, heritage inventories and evaluations, and the restoration of residential, commercial, and institutional buildings.
His interest in the preservation of architecture has led to his continuing involvement with key heritage organizations, including his role as a founding Director and former President of Heritage Vancouver, Director of the Arthur Erickson Foundation, founding Director of the Victoria Heritage Foundation, founding member and former Director of the BC Association of Heritage Professionals (BCAHP) and former Director of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation. His firm, Donald Luxton & Associates, has trained and supported numerous new professionals as they entered the field and he has personally sponsored and mentored many of the working professional BCAHP members in the province today.
Don is also an excellent and influential teacher. His courses and lectures on heritage and conservation related topics at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver City College and in the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Old School Heritage Conservation Certificate Program, have influenced and educated hundreds if not thousands over the years, including many who went on to join the heritage conservation field.
The heritage conservation field in BC has been and continues to be shaped by Don’s unrivaled work, knowledge, energy, passion and advocacy.