Background

Background

LLB Architects, Lerner Ladds Bartels, is an architectural practice built upon a distinct project approach defined through comprehensive relationships with our clients. Our core value as architects and designers is the care we have for the environment, communities and clients we work with. We focus on creating the best possible environments that promote well-being and allow people to thrive. The root of our success is our ability to collaborate, explore and (re-)invent while creating positive experiences for all. By applying an approach that integrates people and technology, we allow the best ideas to emerge and evolve into timeless solutions.

Samuel Lerner, a structural engineer and professor at Brown University, founded the firm in 1936 as an engineering practice in his hometown of Providence. His son, Steven L. Lerner, AIA, became a principal in 1976 upon his architectural registration and the firm was incorporated as Lerner Associates to reflect the multidisciplinary practice.

Christian J. Ladds, AIA, LEED AP, a member of the firm since 1984, became a partner in 1990 and the firm name changed to Lerner Ladds Architects. Kathleen A. Bartels, AIA, LEED AP became a partner after four years at the firm, and the name was changed to Lerner | Ladds + Bartels. R. Drayton Fair, AIA, ALA, LEED AP joined the firm as a principal in 2003, bringing with him over 20 years of public and institutional experience.

Senior Associates Aimee Lombardo, AIA, LEED AP and Suzanne diSalvo, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP; along with Associates Jonathan M. Taylor, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP and Neal Bijlani have been instrumental in the continued growth of the firm, leading the development of numerous award-winning projects. With dedicated interior designers and graphic designers, we are able to provide our clients with a comprehensive design scope. Over half of the firm is LEED accredited, a fact which reflects our commitment to sustainable design and community engagement.

In 2011, the firm moved to the Design Exchange in Pawtucket - leading the adaptive reuse of the historic mill building as developer - and streamlined our name to LLB Architects, honoring the past and emphasizing our profession. As we continue to develop our practice, we are excited for the next steps in our future and evolution.