Merchandise Lofts, housed in a former Simpson’s warehouse, finally sheds trappings of utilitarian past with new public areas
Dec 11, 2014
The architect was ahead of the curve, but unlike his mid-20th-century peers, his name isn’t on the tip of our collective tongue
Dec 04, 2014
Full-bore renovation pays attention to the details – but it’s the breathtaking stairwell that really steals the show
Nov 20, 2014
Tom Knezic and Christine Lolley open their energy-efficiency toolkit to drag an old home into the modern age
Oct 30, 2014
Markthal blends housing and retail in a creative way, while the redesign of St. Lawrence’s North Market falls flat in comparison
Oct 16, 2014
Beyond Toronto’s fringe, Markham seeks to emulate the big city as it builds ‘Downtown’ in an empty field
Oct 09, 2014
Inspired by the Jewish festival of Sukkot, Sukkahville, at Toronto’s City Hall, challenges designers, architects and students to build smart and small
Oct 02, 2014
Toronto’s main artery is undergoing a major redevelopment, but builders here, more than almost anywhere else, are maintaining century-old structures
Sep 25, 2014
Eighties architect Barton Myers, whose vision included reuse of old buildings, sees his ideas preserved decades later
Sep 18, 2014
The architects of Agathom bring a new fluidity and floor-plan clarity to a low-slung Peterborough home
Sep 11, 2014
Dave LeBlanc was born in Toronto and wouldn't have it any other way. At age 8, he remembers jumping for joy when both the CN Tower opened and Toronto finally snatched Montreal's crown to become the biggest city in Canada; he's been an architecture lover and Toronto advocate ever since.
He attended Ryerson for Radio-Television Arts and York University for English. His radio career has included stints at CJEZ, CJAD in Montreal and CFRB, where he currently works (and sometimes speaks about architecture on-air). His budding life as a newspaper writer began in 1997 at the Montreal Gazette and flowered fully with the Globe & Mail in 2003. Since 2004 he has written weekly as "The Architourist" for Globe Real Estate. His work has also appeared in The Toronto Star, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Concrete Toronto (Coach House, 2007) and international architecture magazines. He has served as a juror for the Ontario Association of Architects and Heritage Toronto.
He lives downtown in a 1920s condominium with his wife and cat.