LBA is committed to producing designs that reflect the culture, brand, and character of our clients. We are dedicated to listening to our clients and diligently guiding them through the design process until we transform their dreams into reality.

By cultivating our staff's ideas of architecture, design, and technology, we aim to create sustainable environments that transform the way communities interact and grow.

 

 
LBA provides comprehensive planning, design, construction and facilities management services to clients throughout the United States. We have built our reputation by supporting our clients' needs as they relate to real estate and facilities. LBA was established in 1979 as an architectural firm specializing in tenant space development, design and construction management. Principals are Michael A. Loia and Ronald L. Budde. Today, LBA is a full service, award-winning Architecture and Interior Design firm. LBA has been consistently ranked in the top 20 largest interior design firms in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle's Book of Lists.

LBA provides comprehensive planning, design, construction and facilities management services to clients throughout the United States. We have built our reputation by supporting our clients' needs as they relate to real estate and facilities.

LBA was established in 1979 as an architectural firm specializing in tenant space development, design and construction management. Principals are Michael A. Loia and Ronald L. Budde.

Today, LBA is a full service, award-winning Architecture and Interior Design firm. LBA has been consistently ranked in the top 20 largest interior design firms in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle's Book of Lists.

 
 
 
Michael Loia founded LBA in 1979. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelors of Architecture degree in 1971. Michael is also senior Vice President of RLR a 60 person multidiscipline architecture/engineering firm which he co-founded in 1979. In 1982 Michael co-founded Neal Loia Construction Company specializing in design/build projects. Michael is an active developer of commercial real estate. Significant projects include Buckhead Village Lofts and Mathieson Exchange Lofts in Atlanta, and hotels in Mississippi & Florida. "I live to solve design/construction 'problems'. My goal has always been for LBA to add value to our design through construction and development knowledge."

Michael Loia founded LBA in 1979. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelors of Architecture degree in 1971.
Michael is also senior Vice President of RLR a 60 person multidiscipline architecture/engineering firm which he co-founded in 1979.
In 1982 Michael co-founded Neal Loia Construction Company specializing in design/build projects.
Michael is an active developer of commercial real estate. Significant projects include Buckhead Village Lofts and Mathieson Exchange Lofts in Atlanta, and hotels in Mississippi & Florida.

"I live to solve design/construction 'problems'. My goal has always been for LBA to add value to our design through construction and development knowledge."

Michael Loia
President/CEO

Ron Budde teamed up with Michael Loia in 1986, after fourteen years as an associate with John Portman & Associates. His leadership in design and production has overseen the evolution of the firm's development into a full-service, award winning architecture and interior design practice. He continues to have daily involvement in all projects, both large and small. Ron graduated with a bachelor of architecture degree, design option, from the University of Illinois. Prior to graduation, he spent one year associated with the Ecole nationale superieure des Beaux-Arts in Versailles, France. Ron is registered to practice architecture in Georgia and fourteen states, from the east coast to Colorado. "The practice of architecture has been a very satisfying and rewarding career. I relish in the opportunity to work closely with individual business leaders and owners in helping them create functional, collaborative work spaces in which they can realize their visions for success."

Ron Budde teamed up with Michael Loia in 1986, after fourteen years as an associate with John Portman & Associates. His leadership in design and production has overseen the evolution of the firm's development into a full-service, award winning architecture and interior design practice. He continues to have daily involvement in all projects, both large and small.
Ron graduated with a bachelor of architecture degree, design option, from the University of Illinois. Prior to graduation, he spent one year associated with the Ecole nationale superieure des Beaux-Arts in Versailles, France. Ron is registered to practice architecture in Georgia and fourteen states, from the east coast to Colorado.

"The practice of architecture has been a very satisfying and rewarding career. I relish in the opportunity to work closely with individual business leaders and owners in helping them create functional, collaborative work spaces in which they can realize their visions for success."

Ron Budde
Principal/Architect

 
- Joined LBA in 1982 - B.S. from the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech - Specializes in programming & design development for large corporate projects "My favorite part about the design process is the uncovering of design possibilities resulting from the synthesis of carefully listening to the client's needs applied to the available spatial environment; that ah-ha moment when the client realizes that I have engaged them to be a part of the design evolution."

- Joined LBA in 1982

- B.S. from the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech

- Specializes in programming & design development for large corporate projects

"My favorite part about the design process is the uncovering of design possibilities resulting from the synthesis of carefully listening to the client's needs applied to the available spatial environment; that ah-ha moment when the client realizes that I have engaged them to be a part of the design evolution."

Clint Morrison
Director of Interior Design

- Joined LBA in 1999 - Bachelor of Architecture at Southern Polytechnic State University - Designed and managed base building, space planning, and interior design projects - Provides marketing and presentation services and leasing support for office buildings in Atlanta - Directly involved in all phases of due diligence, zoning research, code review and compliance, permitting and approvals with City and State agencies, design, construction document production, and contract administration for all office condominium and historic revitalization projects.

- Joined LBA in 1999

- Bachelor of Architecture at Southern Polytechnic State University

- Designed and managed base building, space planning, and interior design projects

- Provides marketing and presentation services and leasing support for office buildings in Atlanta

- Directly involved in all phases of due diligence, zoning research, code review and compliance, permitting and approvals with City and State agencies, design, construction document production, and contract administration for all office condominium and historic revitalization projects.

Stacy Bledsoe
Sr. Designer | Project Manager

- Joined LBA in 1988 - B.S. Architect Degree from Georgia Tech - Bachelor of Architecture & Master of Architecture from University of Arizona - Work at LBA spans team leadership, retail, complex building/interior projects, medical office suites, and teaching kitchens "Design is problem solving. We do that as a matter of course. Quality design is firmness, commodity, and delight. Vetruvius was right: don't overlook the delight. I strive for that, always."

- Joined LBA in 1988

- B.S. Architect Degree from Georgia Tech

- Bachelor of Architecture & Master of Architecture from University of Arizona

- Work at LBA spans team leadership, retail, complex building/interior projects, medical office suites, and teaching kitchens

"Design is problem solving. We do that as a matter of course. Quality design is firmness, commodity, and delight. Vetruvius was right: don't overlook the delight. I strive for that, always."

Mark McCarthy
LEED GA-Architect

Mr. Foulke earned his Bachelor Degree in 1976, and Master of Architecture Degree in 1978, both from Georgia Institute of Technology.    He started his career with John Portman & Associates as a Design Coordinator for The Atlanta Merchandise Mart in 1978, and by 1981 was responsible for design and construction management for all improvements within The Atlanta Market Center which had grown to 2,000,000 s.f. of showroom and common area.   Mr. Foulke joined our LBA team over 34 years ago, as a Project Manager specializing in Architecture, and Interior Design of primarily Commercial Office Interiors.  Individual design projects have ranged in size from 400 s.f. to 100,000 s.f. within a multitude of low / mid / high-rise office buildings, industrial office/warehouse facilities, and retail structures.   The level of detailing and finishes have spanned the spectrum of generic landlord allowances to custom corporate client upgrades. Types of spaces have included first generation building shells, second generation retrofits, and occupied suite expansions or renovations requiring phased construction sequencing.   An assortment of unique or intricate client technical requirements, including specialized mechanical systems and electrical components, communication distribution, and related computer functions have been successfully implemented.       

Mr. Foulke earned his Bachelor Degree in 1976, and Master of Architecture Degree in 1978, both from Georgia Institute of Technology. 

 

He started his career with John Portman & Associates as a Design Coordinator for The Atlanta Merchandise Mart in 1978, and by 1981 was responsible for design and construction management for all improvements within The Atlanta Market Center which had grown to 2,000,000 s.f. of showroom and common area.

 

Mr. Foulke joined our LBA team over 34 years ago, as a Project Manager specializing in Architecture, and Interior Design of primarily Commercial Office Interiors.  Individual design projects have ranged in size from 400 s.f. to 100,000 s.f. within a multitude of low / mid / high-rise office buildings, industrial office/warehouse facilities, and retail structures.   The level of detailing and finishes have spanned the spectrum of generic landlord allowances to custom corporate client upgrades. Types of spaces have included first generation building shells, second generation retrofits, and occupied suite expansions or renovations requiring phased construction sequencing.   An assortment of unique or intricate client technical requirements, including specialized mechanical systems and electrical components, communication distribution, and related computer functions have been successfully implemented.   

 

 

Doug Foulke
Senior Project Manager

- Joined LBA in 2004 - B.S. in Interior Design from Georgia Southern University - Specializes in space planning and finish & furniture selections for our commercial clients "My love of design was instilled from a very young age. That is when I witnessed first-hand the sense of joy that can be achieved when you thoughtfully plan and execute improvements in your daily surroundings; improvements that heighten your creativity & focus, encourage collaboration, create order, and simplify your everyday routines. While interior design greatly focuses on the aesthetics and mood of an environment, a well thought-out design can achieve so much more."

- Joined LBA in 2004

- B.S. in Interior Design from Georgia Southern University

- Specializes in space planning and finish & furniture selections for our commercial clients

"My love of design was instilled from a very young age. That is when I witnessed first-hand the sense of joy that can be achieved when you thoughtfully plan and execute improvements in your daily surroundings; improvements that heighten your creativity & focus, encourage collaboration, create order, and simplify your everyday routines. While interior design greatly focuses on the aesthetics and mood of an environment, a well thought-out design can achieve so much more."

Tasha Guinn
Senior Designer

- Joined LBA in 2016. - Graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. “Good design solves all problems. I enjoy deciphering different design possibilities in order to create functional and innovative spaces that better the lives of the users who occupy them.”

- Joined LBA in 2016.

- Graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

“Good design solves all problems. I enjoy deciphering different design possibilities in order to create functional and innovative spaces that better the lives of the users who occupy them.”

Melanie Neuman
Design Associate

- Joined LBA in 2016 - Graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design “Seeing the evolution of a project is my favorite aspect of design. The transformation from preliminary details to real spaces that impact people’s everyday life is what inspires me most.”

- Joined LBA in 2016

- Graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

“Seeing the evolution of a project is my favorite aspect of design. The transformation from preliminary details to real spaces that impact people’s everyday life is what inspires me most.”

Ragan Griffith
LEED GA-Design Associate

 
- Joined LBA in 1989 - Graduated with a degree in finance from the University of South Carolina and Georgia State

- Joined LBA in 1989

- Graduated with a degree in finance from the University of South Carolina and Georgia State

Joann Smith
CFO

Dernadette, better known to us as Dee, joined our team in 2007. You may recognize her as the first face you see when you walk into our Atlanta office. As our front desk receptionist, Dee greets all our clients and handles all our incoming calls, among other crucial responsibilities to help keep us organized and running smoothly. Outside of the office, Dee stays busy training her two rambunctious rescue pups, visiting family in New York and even squeezes in Pinterest crafting and DIY-ing time.    

Dernadette, better known to us as Dee, joined our team in 2007. You may recognize her as the first face you see when you walk into our Atlanta office. As our front desk receptionist, Dee greets all our clients and handles all our incoming calls, among other crucial responsibilities to help keep us organized and running smoothly.

Outside of the office, Dee stays busy training her two rambunctious rescue pups, visiting family in New York and even squeezes in Pinterest crafting and DIY-ing time.

 

 

Dernadette González
Administration