Born in Vancouver in 1954, Luxton is a preservation consultant for heritage. He's a founding Director of the Heritage Vancouver Society and the Victoria Heritage Foundation, Director of the Vancouver Heritage Conservation Foundation, and founding and current President of the Canadian Art Deco Society. He has also been active in the field of public education through the teaching of heritage conservation courses. His heritage consulting firm, Donald Luxton & Associates, has carried out numerous municipal planning projects, heritage inventories and the restoration of public buildings throughout B.C., Alberta and the Yukon. He is co-author with Lilia D'Acres of the multi-award-winning history Lions Gate (Talonbooks, 1999) -- see review below -- and editor/author of Building the West: Early Architects of British Columbia (Talonbooks, 2003) -- see review below. The latter book received the Architectural Institute of British Columbia Award for Special Achievement, the Roderick Haig-Brown Prize, the City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Honour and a Heritage Canada Foundation Achievement Award. A second, revised edition was released in 2007 (Talonbooks).

Together with: Kiriko Watanabe--see entry, assistant curator at the West Vancouver Museum, Adele Weder--see entry, architectural writer, curator, and cultural journalist, and Barry Downs--see entry, longtime associate of Selwyn Pullan, Luxton has co-compiled Selwyn Pullan: Photographing Mid-Century West Coast Modernism (D&M, 2012).

[BCBW 2012] "Architecture"

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Building the West: Early Architects of British Columbia
Lions Gate
Selwyn Pullan: Photographing Mid-Century West Coast Modernism