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Principals

Christian J. Ladds, AIA, LEED AP joined the firm in 1984 after receiving both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from RISD. He has served as Vice President and President of AIAri and on the Steering Committee for the conference Transforming Providence: A Civic Discussion. Despite an ambitious schedule as a practicing project principal, Chris has taken on new leadership roles at the Rhode Island Board of Examination and Registration of Architects, the Providence Preservation Society Planning and Architecture Review Committee, and the Construction Management Professional Advisory Board for Roger Williams University School of Engineering, Computing, and Construction Management. He is an active member of the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International, Society for College & University Planning. He has been a presenter for key industry and higher education conferences including the SCUP North Atlantic Regional Conference, NE-ACUHO conference, and ArchitectureBoston Expo.

Kathleen A. Bartels, AIA, LEED AP received a Master in Architecture degree from Harvard University after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College. After starting her career in Boston, she returned to her native Rhode Island and joined the firm in 1996, becoming a partner in 2000. She has served as President of AIAri and President of the AIAri Architectural Forum. She is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, Council of Educational Facilities Planners International, Society for College & University Planning and has recently taken a position on the Board of Trustees for the Community Preparatory School, a south Providence–based school for grades 3–8. Her academic involvement has included serving as a guest critic at RISD, Roger Williams University, and Wentworth Institute and as a Visiting Team Member for Roger Williams School of Architecture 2006 NAAB Accreditation Visit.

R. Drayton Fair, AIA, ALA, LEED AP received both a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from RISD. He joined the firm as a partner in February 2003, bringing with him over 20 years of experience primarily with public institutional clients. He has served as President of AIAri as well as President of AIA New England. A recognized expert in the planning and design of public libraries, he has taught and spoken at schools and conferences throughout New England including Harvard University, New England Library Association, and the Boston Society of Architects, and has participated in Library Journal's Design Institute, a seminar educating librarians and communities on library design. He is an active member of the Providence Preservation Society, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Library Association, and the Cranston Historic District Commission.