Name:  Derek Brennan

Firm:  Architects Four

Location:  Moncton, New Brunswick

Length of time in the profession:  7 years

What inspires your work?  

Working closely with clients and listening to their story and aspirations for their project helps create design ideas and develop a project to create spaces that they identify with and enhance their interaction with the built environment.

What piece of architecture in New Brunswick piques your interest?

The Sackville Municipal Building for the RCMP, Fire Department and Town Hall is interesting because of the complex issues the architectural design addresses to create a welcoming public building that integrates into the fabric of the town and region while providing essential services to the community.

What makes New Brunswick a great place for architects to work?

New Brunswick’s smaller scale requires architecture firms to be diverse.  Architects here have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects types that are set in a variety of site conditions. Each project offers new challenges and client perspective to be integrated into unique design responses.

How would you describe your architectural style?

Our office design efforts aspire to be simple, clean, modern responses to each project’s specific context, place and past.

What is one location/building you would encourage someone to visit in New Brunswick? Why?

UNB’s Kinesiology Building is one of the first education buildings in the world to incorporate WELL Building Standard into the architectural design, construction and operation. WELL is a new type of Certification that focuses on enhancing the health and well-being of the building’s occupants.