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December 6, 2018

Lord Aeck Sargent Appoints New Michigan Director

Ann Arbor, MI — December 6, 2018 – Lord Aeck Sargent (LAS) has promoted Ben Ridderbos, AIA, LEED AP to director of its Ann Arbor office. The leading architecture, interior design and planning firm has six offices across the U.S. Known for providing Responsive Design, LAS brings a broad range of expertise including architects, interior designers, laboratory planners, learning environment specialists, historic preservation specialists, urban designers, landscape architects, cost estimators and building performance analysts to bear on a wide range of complex projects.

Ridderbos, a project manager who has worked in the LAS Ann Arbor office since 2013, first joined LAS in 2008. He brings more than 22 years of architectural and engineering experience. He is a licensed architect and LEED-accredited professional who specializes in working with higher education and corporate clients, and his portfolio includes work for the University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, Wayne State University and Laboratory Corporation of America.

“Ben is perfectly positioned to lead Lord Aeck Sargent’s Ann Arbor office into its next phase,” said Joe Greco, AIA, LEED AP, President of LAS. “He brings decades of experience working alongside design and construction teams, managing complex academic and scientific research projects, as well as urban mixed-use multi-family/commercial projects. We’re thrilled for him to continue Lord Aeck Sargent’s legacy of excellence in his expanded leadership role.”

As Ridderbos takes over the leadership role in the growing Ann Arbor office, LAS is designing a large, residential and retail mixed-use building in downtown Ann Arbor. The project is designed to LEED Silver Certification standards and will be a signature project knitting together neighborhoods in Ann Arbor with the core of downtown.

Additionally, the Ann Arbor office is working with the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Northern Michigan University and private developers on two highly sustainable projects in Ann Arbor seeking Living Building Challenge certification.

Ridderbos’ headshot, as well as high resolution images of recent and current projects, are available by request. Ridderbos and other LAS staff frequently speak at conferences and lectures and are available for interview, guest columns and contributing case studies. For more information about the firm, recent projects and team members, visit

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About Lord Aeck Sargent

Lord Aeck Sargent, a Katerra company, is an award-winning architecture, planning, landscape architecture and interior design firm serving clients in the college and university, K-12 education, multi-family housing/mixed-use/commercial, and urban design/planning markets with specialization in science and technology, arts and culture, multifamily housing and historic preservation. The firm’s experts in these practice areas have deep regional and national experience and collaborate across firm offices located in Atlanta, Georgia; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Austin, Texas; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Lexington, Kentucky; and Washington, D.C. LAS is ranked 91 on Architectural Record’s 2018 300 Top Design Firms, No. 42 in Building Design + Construction’s 2018 Giants Architecture/Engineering firms, has been named one of Atlanta Business Chronicle's Top 25 Architectural Firms 15 times, received the American Institute of Architects’ National Honor Award and has been in Engineering News-Record Magazine’s (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms list 10 times. LAS is No. 88 on ENR’s Top 100 Green Design Firms list, and has been named a Top Green Design firm by multiple publications 16 times. For more information, visit the firm website at