EASTON COMBS Architects is an award winning, nationally and internationally recognized architectural office, practicing at the convergence of aesthetics and function in contemporary architecture. We explore the application of technology and craft, and the art and science of building as a focus of architectural practice and applied research. We approach each project with building performance, durability and energy efficiency in relation to comfort and human health as the foundation of ethical and progressive practice in the 21st century.
Founded by Rona Easton and Lonn Combs in New York City in 2004, and also located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts since 2014, we offer clients the vision and skill required to guide multiple scales of projects through the design and construction process for a diverse range of building types and economies.
Lonn Combs is a cofounder of EASTON COMBS, a registered architect in the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as well as a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certificate holder and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He holds a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design (MScAAD) from Columbia University.
Lonn is a dedicated educator of architecture, with 20 years of teaching design studios and administrative leadership at top tier schools of Architecture in the US. In addition to co-directing the practice he is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Director of the school’s Master of Architecture program.
Lonn is Rome Prize winner, a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome (FAAR), as the 2012 recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture where he conducted research on the innovative material practices of Pier Luigi Nervi. Lonn’s research interests span art and design, the aesthetic opportunities of building science and construction technologies, towards a holistic understanding of architecture as a technical art.
Rona Easton is a cofounder of EASTON COMBS, a registered architect in the State of New York, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the United Kingdom (ARB), as well as a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certificate holder. Rona holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Architecture from the University of Strathclyde, a Master of Science (MSc) in Architectural Studies from the University College London (UCL) Bartlett School of Architecture’s Unit of Advanced Architectural Studies, and a Diploma in Architecture (DiplArch) from the University of Westminster.
Rona’s research at UCL Bartlett School addressed the social and spatial logic of cities, their interpretation and evaluation as urban pattern, leading to design methodologies incorporating this knowledge base in the practice of architecture and it’s impact on urban and community design.
Rona maintains a focus on energy efficient technologies and high performance building systems. She was accredited as a LEED professional in 2004 and attained registration as a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) in 2015. Rona serves as a commissioner of the Conservation Commission in the town of New Marlborough, Massachusetts. She is also the Vice President of the Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB), which focuses on economic development and the construction of affordable housing.
Architecture / Design / Urban Design / Certified Passive House Consultant