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UNBeknownst #25: John Leroux on what it means to love a place and why architecture and art are so important in attracting and inspiring people

Author: UNB Alumni

Posted on Jan 10, 2023

Category: Podcast , UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John , Arts

John Leroux (PhD’20) is an architect, art historian and currently manager of collections and exhibitions at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick. John has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields of art history, architecture, visual art, curation, and education. He holds a bachelor of architecture from McGill University, an M.A. in art history from Concordia University, and a PhD in history from UNB. He has worked at award-winning architecture firms in Toronto, Atlanta, Saint John, and his hometown of Fredericton – and has taught at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, the University of New Brunswick, and St. Thomas University. He’s also won many awards for architectural and public art projects throughout Canada. A passionate advocate for the arts and for architectural conservancy, John has authored 16 books on architecture and visual culture, including Building New Brunswick: An Architectural History and Building a University: The Architecture of UNB. 

In this episode: 

  • The magnificent historical architecture of New Brunswick and the not-so-magnificent modern architecture of New Brunswick. 
  • What it means to love a place and steward it  
  • Why the places that are popular are because of the quality of the environment 
  • John’s favourite building in New Brunswick 
  • The unique nature of wooden architecture in the Maritimes 
  • John’s favourite buildings on UNB’s campuses and why they’re significant 
  • The history behind the built environments of the Saint John and Fredericton campuses 
  • John’s favourite artwork in Fredericton – and it’s on the UNB campus! 
  • His thoughts on the expansion of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery 

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