About The Archivists

The Archivists is a curated audio forum that uses physical locations to present unconventional social histories. Our purpose is to explore locations around the world that have lived many different lives throughout history. We accomplish this exploration by examining architecture, environments, culture, language, dichotomies, contrasts, and details that are not readily available or visible when experiencing a location in-person. The Archivists’ choose locations and then interview a series of subject-matter experts, locals, and visitors from various backgrounds to provide perspectives within the format of a walking tour.  

The Archivists' Team 


Todd Smith | Founder, product designer

Todd Smith is an award-winning animation director, user experience designer, qualitative researcher, and design educator with over twelve years of experience in digital media creation. A graduate of Vancouver Film School, Smith produced and directed content for global brands (Nokia, MTV, IcelandAir, and Carlsberg) in both Asia and Europe before returning to Canada in 2008. His specialty is creating dialogue-driven software experiences for governments, corporations, and NGOs—having produced materials for the United Nations, Microsoft, Nike, Honda, Starbucks, BC Hydro, The University of British Columbia, and The University of Alberta.



John Wellwood is an historian, designer, writer, editor and creative director, with more than 20 years of experience in journalism and mixed-media storytelling. A graduate of the University of British Columbia, John studied landscape design and pottery in Japan for four years, before taking up a publishing career in Canada. After attending the Banff Publishing Workshop in 1984, he started freelance writing and research, and worked for enRoute and Toronto Life magazines. John returned to Vancouver in 1990 where he freelanced and worked as Publications Manager for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. From 2006 to 2015 John was Creative Director of Echo Storytelling Agency (Echo Memoirs), a Vancouver-based publishing company that specializes in long-form personal and corporate histories.

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