Our Founders & History

Founders Bill Ruff and Steve Lee launched the firm in 1976, with a vision to create a firm merging exceptional design and outstanding service.

Like a lot of firms, their new company went through changes as they rode the wave of U.S. economic ups and downs, and lightning fast changes in technology. Each challenge brought the opportunity to re-engineer processes and refine their approach to architecture.

Steve retired in 2012. Before Bill retired in 2015, he handed over management of the firm to a hand-picked and carefully mentored new generation of owners.

Today, LRS Architects thrives as one of the largest architectural firms in the region. In 2007 the firm launched an office in Shanghai, in response to China's growing interest in sustainability and LRS' design strength.  In 2016 we celebrate our 40th anniversary.  Always with an eye to the future and new opportunities, we are confident that LRS designs will be an integral part of our communities for decades to come.