Firm 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 AIA Rhode Island and as a guest critic at RISD. In addition to his responsibilities as a practicing project principal, Chris has taken on local community leadership roles on 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 currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Pawtucket Foundation. He has presented at the SCUP North Atlantic Regional Conference, the Northeast Association of College and University Housing Officers, Architecture Boston Expo and the Southern New England American Planning Association conference. Chris recently taught a studio at Roger Williams University titled, “In search of a new kind of live-learn community.”

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 AIA Rhode Island and President of the AIA Rhode Island Architectural Forum. Kathy currently serves on the Board of Trustees as well as Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee for Community Preparatory School, an independent school serving socio-economically disadvantaged students in grades 3–8, and is an active member of the Board of Directors of Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation. Her academic involvement has included serving as a guest critic at the Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams University, and Wentworth Institute of Technology. She recently taught a studio at Roger Williams University titled, “In search of a new kind of live-learn community.”

R. Drayton Fair, AIA, ALA, LEED AP BD+C received both a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from RISD. He joined the firm as a partner in 2003, bringing with him over 20 years of experience primarily with public institutional clients. He has served as President of AIA Rhode Island as well as President of AIA New England. A recognized expert in the planning and design of library and municipal facilities, he has taught and spoken at schools and conferences throughout New England including Harvard University, the New England Library Association, and the Boston Society of Architects. He recently taught a studio at Roger Williams University titled, “In search of a new kind of live-learn community.” Drayton is an active member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Library Association, and served on the Cranston Historic District Commission.

Suzanne M. DiSalvo, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP joined LLB in 2002. Suzanne has 25 years of experience and a diverse array of projects that reflect LLB’s practice from municipal building design to higher education, including numerous projects at the Rhode Island School of Design. She was the first LEED-accredited professional in the office, and has taken a leadership role in sustainable practice, facilities assessment, and space planning and design. Suzanne is the Director of Interior Architecture leading the firm’s interior design practice.

Neal H. Bijlani (not shown in photo) joined LLB in 2005. Neal has more than 15 years of experience with a focus on architectural digital practice and workflow design. He serves as a multifaceted asset in the office and has helped the firm adopt emerging technologies which have dramatically changed the way data is used throughout the architecture profession. Neal is the firm’s Director of Design Technology and recently developed an application to support the firm’s growing Facilities Planning & Analysis Services.

Jonathan M. Taylor, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP joined LLB in 2011. He has 20 years of experience working for institutional clients, including managing LLB’s longstanding client relationships with Brown University and Bryant University. He also has led several renovations of historic multi-building complexes in the heart of Fall River, MA to create vibrant new mixed-use developments. He is the Director of Design Implementation, helping to codify the firm’s planning and contractual document practices. Jonathan is an active member of The American Institute of Architects both nationally and locally, including prior service on the Institute’s Board of Directors and as President of AIA Rhode Island in 2019-2020.

Enno Fritsch, LEED joined LLB in 2015. He has 20 years of experience in planning and design for institutional clients in the academic and healthcare sectors. During his time at LLB, Enno has led several large-scale projects at Rhode Island College, including major award-winning renovation/additions to Craig-Lee Hall and Gaige Hall. He is currently working on a project to re-envision Rhode Island College’s Horace Mann Hall. Enno is the firm’s Director of Design Communication, ensuring clarity in the firm’s visual design presentation.

Brian Valentine, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP joined LLB Architects in 2014. He has 18 years of experience with an expertise in educational design and public work and procurement. Brian’s work at LLB includes award-winning projects at Lincoln School’s STEAM Hub in Providence, RI and the historic Franklin Public Library in Franklin, MA. He recently led a major renovation of the Worcester Public Library and is currently managing a renovation for the Learning First Charter Public School in Worcester, MA. He is the Director of Production, ensuring high-quality documentation for all the firm’s projects. Brian is a volunteer on the Facilities Advisory Committee for the Barrington Public Schools.