Maunsell Beach House
Marine Research Facilities
Wilson then left New Zealand and worked in London for Ramsey, Murray, White and Ward (the firm of two New Zealand ex-pats Keith Murray and Basil Ward), as well as for Sir Hugh Casson and the London County Council. After returning to New Zealand he join forces with William Toomath to set up Toomath and Wilson. Toomath and Wilson were later joined by Don Irvine and Grahame Anderson in 1972, forming the firm Toomath Wilson Irvine Anderson Ltd.
Wilson's design for the Calvert House, Stokes Valley, was awarded an NZIA Bronze medal. His Maunsell Beach house, the Wilson house and his Marine Research Facilities, Greta Point (now NIWA) (1980) are also well known as important works in Wellington's architectural history.
He was a member of the Wellington Architectural Centre, including a President (1963) and a Committee Member (1961–62, 1964).
A recent book, "4 Architects", celebrates Wellington architecture and includes several of Wilson's designs.
Environmental and peace advocacy
Wilson is also an active advocate for environmental and anti-nuclear issues, and has published on both topics.
"Calvert house, Stokes Valley, Bronze Medal" NZIAJ (November 1969) v. 36, n.11, pp. 334–337.
"Calvert house, Stokes Valley, Merit Award" NZIAJ (May 1969), v. 36. n. 5, p. 151.
Clark, Justine and Paul Walker Looking for the Local (Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2000) pp. 37, 65, 71, 182-183.
Murphy, Lyn "Book recalls old Golden Mile" Evening Post (4 July 1989) p. 3.
Overcoming violence in Aotearoa New Zealand: a contribution to the World Council of Churches Decade to Overcome Violence 2001-2010 (Wellington, N.Z.: Philip Garside Pub., c2002)
Packer, Ann "The test of time" Dominion Post (25 Jan 2003) § F, p. 16.
Wilson, Derek A cry from the heart: people-centred sustainable development versus the unsustainable growth paradigm (Wellington, N.Z.: Pacific Institute of Resource Management, c1994)
Wilson, Derek Five holocausts (Wellington, N.Z.: Steele Roberts, c2001)
Wilson, Derek Neither confirm nor deny: an examination of the policy of neither confirming nor denying the presence of nuclear weapons on any military station, ship, vehicle or aircraft, or whether any ship is nuclear powered (Wellington, N.Z.: Pacific Institute of Resource Management, 1991)
"Derek J Wilson" http://www.derekjwilson.co.nz/