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Dave LeBlanc

Dave LeBlanc

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.

Latest articles
The Architourist
A growing family finds more space without sacrificing a neighbourhood’s style
The Architourist
The superiority of steel: Ontario company builds prefab homes from recycled cars Dave LeBlanc
The Architourist
Taking architecture app Driftscape for a stroll around Toronto Dave LeBlanc
The Architourist
Methodical rebuild transforms 1940s Toronto house into modern home Dave LeBlanc
The Architourist
A ‘healing’ return to the home of songwriter Ruth Lowe Dave LeBlanc
The Architourist
George Brown College develops a lakeside hothouse for budding designers Dave LeBlanc
The Architourist
Timeless Toronto YMCA building wins Prix du XXe siècle
The Architourist
Exquisite Sherwood Park house is the product of two architects’ visions – including the homeowner’s
The Architourist
When Toronto’s upscale Leaside was a company town Dave LeBlanc
The Architourist
Designers turn throwaway land near Toronto Western Hospital into a civic space Dave LeBlanc
The Architourist
A final peek at the former Weston Bakery in Leslieville before its condo conversion Dave LeBlanc
The Architourist
Inside the offices of Toronto chef Grant van Gameren’s Overbudget Inc. Dave LeBlanc
The Architourist
A brutal trek through Toronto’s Brutalist architecture Dave LeBlanc
The Architourist
A house of secrets nestled in a meadow and a cloud-white home that opens to the sky Dave LeBlanc
The Architourist
Toronto’s Anndore House: From journeyman building to hotel star Dave LeBlanc
The Architourist
Dickinsonian vibe still alive at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre
The Globe and Mail
THE ARCHITOURIST
Ontario homeowner’s geothermal installation offers a cautionary tale
The Architourist
Leslieville house throws a curve
Robert Watson Photography