LLB Architects Principals

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 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 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 presented at 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 AIA Rhode Island and President of the AIA Rhode Island Architectural Forum. She is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, U.S. Green Building Council, Society for College & University Planning and is 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 Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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 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 National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Library Association, and served on the Cranston Historic District Commission.

Aimee G. Lombardo, AIA, LEED AP BD + C received a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University. She joined the firm in 2002 as an intern architect and was promoted to Associate in 2007 and Senior Associate in 2008. In 2018, Aimee was named the Practice Manager for the firm’s new Worcester Office and promoted to Associate Principal. Aimee is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and the US Green Building council. She has served as an NCARB Mentor since 2009. From 2012 to 2014, Aimee was on the Board of Directors for AIA Rhode Island and a member of their Committee on the Environment. With over 20 years of experience, Aimee has managed and led nearly forty of LLB’s projects to award-winning success.