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.

In 1984, Christian J. Ladds, AIA, LEED AP joined the firm, becoming a partner in 1990, and the firm name changed to Lerner | Ladds Architects. Kathleen A. Bartels, AIA, LEED AP began her career with the firm in 1996 and became a partner of Lerner | Ladds + Bartels four years later. R. Drayton Fair, AIA, ALA, LEED AP BD+C, MCPPO joined the firm as a principal in 2003, bringing with him over 20 years of public and institutional experience.

In the summer of 2011, the firm upsized to the Design Exchange in Pawtucket - leading the adaptive reuse building as developer - and streamlined our name to LLB Architects, honoring the past and emphasizing our profession. In 2018, the firm expanded again with a new office in Worcester, MA, and promoted Aimee Lombardo, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, to Associate Principal and Worcester Practice Manager.

Senior Associate Suzanne DiSalvo, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, along with Associates Neal Bijlani, Enno Fritsch, LEED AP, Cara Pomeranz, AIA, LEED AP, Jonathan M. Taylor, AIA, LEED AP, and Brian L. Valentine, AIA, LEED AP, MCPPO, have been instrumental in supporting the continued growth of the firm.