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 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.