A few examples of creative teamwork with community leaders:

  •  Urban Design Strategies for Downtown Nelson, Nelson, BC, a project team project led by Michael von Hausen, President, MVH Urban Design & Planning Inc., http://www.mvhinc.com/ in collaboration with Judy Oberlander and Associates Inc., Perry + Associates Inc., and Calum Srigley Design Consultant, 2016

The City of Nelson located in the Kootenay region of southeastern British Columbia, is well known for its spectacular natural site, year-round recreation, vibrant local economy and its commitment to heritage conservation. As a leader in urban revitalization in the 1980s, the community chose to “keep it real” and to recognize different epochs and layers within its urban landscape. The current focus on urban design strategies includes community conversations about Nelson’s public realm: sidewalks, alleys, street furniture, lighting, signage and other amenities which will result in a “made in Nelson” Urban Design Toolkit. Judy’s leadership in heritage conservation, community education and the development of partnerships will be integral parts of the urban design strategies for Downtown Nelson.

  • Yukon Transportation Museum at 25, Moving Forward: Strategic Thinking for the Future, a capacity-building project in collaboration with Tim Willis, Museum Visitor Experience Specialist, 2015, www.timwillis.ca

When the Yukon Transportation Museum passed its first quarter century, this was an ideal opportunity to consider two key aspects of its operation: the visitor experience and revenue generation. As a collaborative project, Judy worked with Tim Willis, a Victoria-based Museum Visitor Experience Expert, and the Museum Staff and Board of Directors to develop a set of strategic initiatives to guide the next chapter of the Yukon Transportation Museum’s development. In addition to a detailed analysis of the visitor experience, in-depth interviews with community representatives, an overview of marketing & communications opportunities, an assessment of financial resources, future fund development strategies and governance, we offered a workshop for the Board of Directors and another workshop for leaders of other cultural organizations in Whitehorse.

  • The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Conservation Plan, prepared for the Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden Society in collaboration with Joe Y. Wai Architect Inc., and Heritage Planners, Alastair Kerr and Jeannette Hlavach, 2009

A jewel in Vancouver’s Chinatown is the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/. Built in 1985-86, it was the first Classical Chinese Garden built in the Ming Dynasty style outside China by craftsmen from Suzhou using materials, tools and techniques from China. Although a relatively young site, planning for its care and maintenance as a cultural attraction continues to be of vital importance to the Board and Staff.  In 2011, this oasis was selected by the National Geographic as one of the top 10 city gardens in the world.  The Conservation Plan included an identification of its heritage values, its character defining elements, an assessment of future impacts and a summary of two conservation planning workshops as well as a Statement of Significance designed to guide future conservation work.

Judy Oberlander and Joe Y. Wai are also co-authors of the book, In a Chinese Garden: The Art & Architecture of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, (1990, revised in 2016).