EASTON+COMBS are contributing to the online magazine Rural Intelligence with an article series on the current construction of the house in Egremont, MA. Each month we will be writing about different facets of the construction process and showing current progress. Each article features a focus on aspects of constructing the high thermal performance house.

You can find the latest installment here: EASTON+COMBS @ Rural Intelligence


House in Egremont: Current construction and the near future

Current progress and visualization, view of the main house to the right and the studio building to the left.

House in Egremont: sub slab development

Views of sub slab development prior to sub slab insulation layer. Back fill process compete to the exterior with footing drain installed. Core drilling of concrete to locate all services (water, sewer, data / electric).

House in Egremont: Backfill process

The backfill process: the frost walls are built from the footings below the frost line on compacted earth / gravel bed or the bedrock in this site. The house siting design was planned such that no blasting (controlled explosives to remove bedrock) is required. Full basement is located to section of site with minimal bedrock in close proximity to surface. Drainage tubing is integrated at the footing and connected to insure runoff to the lowest level of the site. In the context of cost effective thermal breaks between the frost wall and slab (not yet poured in these images) a three inch layer of R15 XPS is integrated behind the frost wall which will isolate the slab on grade and moderate the ambient temperature of the earth under the main house level.

House in Egremont: Frost wall and foundation

Foundation in place with below grade waterproofing. 10 inch foundation wall throughout. Main house consists of slab on grade and a basement under the kitchen area.

House in Egremont: Foundation formwork

Foundation formwork panels in place with only minimal / local excavation and earthwork.


Rona Easton is now a Certified Passive House Consultant, having undergone extensive, rigorous training in the technologies and building science of high-performance, energy efficient construction. She is now able to offer energy modeling services, passive house planning and design, specification of low consumption mechanical systems and high performance building envelope detailing.

Passive House Institute US 

CPHC Professional Listing: Rona Easton



EASTON+COMBS Habitat for Humanity Project Featured in the Berkshire Edge

Online newspaper The Berkshire Edge is featuring current work by EASTON+COMBS for the Central Berkshire Chapter of Habitat for Humanity on their front page. The article, TRANSFORMATIONS: In Pittsfield, Zero Energy Homes for Affordable Housing, features the six unit affordable housing project designed to next generation energy standards for the Central Berkshire Habitat’s most ambitious project to date.

Front Page Article the week of July 25th 2015

EASTON+COMBS presenting at PERSPECTIVE 2015 USA in NYC, June 24th

EASTON+COMBS invited to speak on the topic of “Architecture and Research” at the “Perspective 2015 USA” event held on June 24th, 2015 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

The event is organized and sponsored by the Italian publication “The Plan” and brings together prominent architects and industry leaders for presentations and discussions of emerging trends within the industry.

“Perspective USA offers a unique opportunity to develop new relations, get insights into new worlds, and open up new business and R&D prospects. The broad knowledge base THE PLAN has developed over the years brings together the very best on the market: renowned architecture practices and business operators at the cutting edge of research and quality production in their field. The two-day event will be organized into talks, business meetings and keynote speeches.”

For more information and event registration, please visit:


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FIU Emerging Architects Initiative: EASTON+COMBS shortlisted

EASTON+COMBS is selected as one of five finalists for the first installment of FIU College of Architecture + The Arts’ (CATA) Emerging Architects Initiative. The shortlist of five architects / teams was determined through a juried process with over 40 applications from emerging architects. The competition calls for a roof top pavilion at the Bernard Tschumi designed Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture building in Miami, Florida, to open in January of 2016.


AIA NY / Center for Architecture Graphic Design Shortlist

The Center for Architecture, as part of its ongoing mission to promote design excellence, held a competition for graphic designers in 2015.

EASTON+COMBS was selected as one of five firms as part of the 2015 Graphic Design Shortlist for the AIA New York Chapter.


LONN COMBS presenting at the 6th VELUX Daylight Symposium

Constructing in Natural Light: The Aesthetics of Well Tempered Domestic Environments
by Lonn Combs, Easton+Combs, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

Lonn Combs will be presenting at the 6th VELUX Daylight Symposium in London on 2-3 September 2015.

Symposium Website

Daylight as a driver of change.

“The theme of the symposium will be “Daylight as a driver of change” and will focus specifically on the challenges faced by today’s 24/7 society; how we live our lives with more than 90% of our daily routines happening indoors, and how it affects our synchronization to nature. How can we ensure that our modern lifestyle is in balance with nature’s daily and seasonal cycles? How can spaces and occupants adapt to changing daily and seasonal conditions? How can architecture and daylight interact to stimulate our senses? How can we rethink our homes, workplaces and public spaces into healthier and more sustainable living environments?

These questions will be addressed and debated with presentations from research as well as experiences and viewpoints from engineering and architectural practices – covering aspects related to the use of daylight and considering people, politics, economy and scale.”

‘The Rural We’: Rona Easton profiled in the Rural Intelligence

Rural Intelligence, the prominent web journal serving Berkshire, Columbia, Dutchess and Litchfield Counties in the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires with news, culture and style is featuring Rona Easton and EASTON+COMBS as part of their ‘Rural We’ series.

Rural We: Rona Easton

EASTON+COMBS sponsoring the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity

EASTON+COMBS providing architectural services and building science consultation as a team member in the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity Chapter. EASTON+COMBS are working as a team member in the all volunteer group in the realization of six new homes to be built in Pittsfield Massachusetts. The designs will focus on passive house standards and energy performance design and will set new construction and efficiency standards for Habitat’s Central Berkshire Chapter.

For more information, see the Habitat project website.


Lonn Combs: 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award

EASTON+COMBS co-founder,  Lonn Combs will receive the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement at a celebratory event on March 26th, 2015, at the University of Kentucky College of Design. The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor conferred upon a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Design, and it recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to society and whose career and accomplishment have brought distinction to their profession, local community and the College of Design. Professor Combs is being recognized for his creativity, innovation, leadership, and vision in professional, societal, academic and artistic contributions that will have a lasting effect.


imby: EASTON+COMBS’ Temple to Nature at OMI


Mirage Garden featured in John Isaacs’ article for imby, Ghent, NY

Even in model form (demonstrating, by the way, the advanced capabilities of 3-D printing), the possibilities of employing the architectural imagination to redefining and refining the experience of nature are strikingly illuminated.

Architizer: The Legacy of MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program

EASTON_COMBS_LUX_NOVA_shot11-10EASTON+COMBS featured in Architizer opinion piece: “Where Are They Now? The Legacy of MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program”

Almost as soon as it officially began in 2000, the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program earned a reputation for its uncanny ability to call attention to architecture’s emerging practices…No doubt, YAP alumni are molding the minds of architecture’s next generation.

Where Are They Now? The Legacy of MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program

Connection 12.04: Emerging Firm Profile


EASTON+COMBS Emerging Firm Profile in Connection 12.04

EASTON+COMBS featured in Connection, The Architecture and Design Journal of the Young Architects Forum. (July 2014 — Volume 12, Issue 04)

Featuring architects, designers and emerging professionals working in branding and identity, materials research and product design, and exhibitions and installations.

Connection 12.04: Emerging Firm Profile


Surface Innovation at the Center for Architecture

Surface Innovation: Redefining the Boundaries of Inside and Outside

EASTON+COMBS participate in this invited exhibition with an original work commissioned by Cosentino, the spanish building product manufacturer.

The exhibition is on view from October 1st through 31st 2013 at the Center for Architecture at 536 LaGaurdia Place, NYC

The exhibition “racks the development of a revolutionary new “ultra-compact” surface called Dekton by Cosentino from ideation, to the creation of advanced patented technologies, through its global introduction this October.”

EASTON+COMBS: Design Vanguard 2012, Architectural Record

EASTON+COMBS included in Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard 2012.

Architectural Record’s annual Design Vanguard issue brings together the architects who are already doing some of the most innovative work in the field and will lead the profession in the future. They are the firms at the forefront of design and the architects are the ones to watch.” – Architectural Record

Architectural Record: Design Vanguard 2012

bob: International Magazine of Space and Design: Issue 094 Retail: featuring Ohne Titel Concept Store

bob: International Magazine of Space and Design: Issue 094 Retail: featuring Ohne Titel Concept Store
Issue: bob 094, May 2012
Pages 144-145


YAPI Dergisi 366: Ohne Titel Concept Store, feature and cover

EASTON+COMBS’ Ohne Titel Concept Store featured in the Istanbul’s YAPI architecture and design magazine. Pages 114-120

Issue: YAPI Dergsi 366, May 2012

YAPI Dergisi

Fast Company: Futuristic Clothing Display Looks Like Fabric Under A Microscope

co.DESIGN, Fast Company’s online design magazine focusing on ‘business + innovation + design’ features the EASTON+COMBS concept showroom for Ohne Titel in their March 22nd 2012 issue.


AIT 3.2012 Retail and Presentation: featuring Ohne Titel Concept Store

AIT, German Magazine for Architecture / Interior / Technical Solutions, Issue March 2012 ‘Retail and Presentation’ featuring Ohne Titel Concept Store
Pages 16-17

AIT [Architektur/Innenarchitektur/ Technischer Ausbau]

2011 WAN 21 for 21: Highly Commended

EASTON+COMBS recognized in the WAN 21 for 21 international awards program with the accolade ‘highly commended’.

EASTON+COMBS ‘…sparked discussion about the conceptual boundaries of architecture and how this is changing to become more open-ended, incorporating other fields of design and branding…’ – from the jury deliberations

World Architecture News: WAN 21 for 21 Press Release

2011 AIANY Design Awards: Unbuilt Work Merit Award – CHANGING ROOM

EASTON+COMBS receive 2011 AIANY Merit Award in the Unbuilt Architecture category for CHANGING ROOM, the installation at the Extension Gallery in Chicago.

AIANY 2011 Design Awards: Press Release

EASTON+COMBS at the Architectural Association: Concrete Geometries series

EASTON+COMBS participates in the Concrete Geometries series at the Architectural Association. Upcoming exhibition to feature current E+C work in the ‘Sensory Engagement’ category.

Concrete Geometries: Spatial Form in Social and Aesthetic Processes

EASTON+COMBS lecture at the New York Center for Architecture

EASTON+COMBS lecture at the Center for Architecture as part of the New Practices New York 2010 award program
Lecture: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Thursday, November 4, 2010


Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture “LIFE in:formation” conference

EASTON+COMBS projects selected as part of the Peer-Review Exhibition of the 2010 Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture ‘LIFE in:formation’ conference.
Conference discussion: October 23rd, 2010 at the Cooper Union, NYC
Peer-Review Exhibition: The Siegel Gallery, School of Architecture, The Pratt Institute, October-November 2010

2010 Acadia

Remanufactured Veilscapes @ Black Box Gallery, RPI Greene Building, Troy NY

Exhibition opening, reception and gallery talk – Sept 20th @ 6 pm — Oct 25th 2010

Remanufactured Veilscapes

Location: Black Box Gallery, Greene Building

Inside Rensselaer: Related Interview EASTON+COMBS Full Profile Launched, a website featuring premium international architects, launches a full profile of EASTON+COMBS on their NewYork-Architects website.

World Architects / NewYork Architects

NPNY2010, New Practices New York 2010: Featuring EASTON+COMBS

NPNY2010, New Practices New York 2010 / EASTON+COMBS featured as an innovative and emerging architectural practice in NYC
July 15th to October 23, 2010 AIA New York Chapter, 536 LaGuardia Place


New York State Council on the Arts: 2010 Independent Projects Award

New York State Council on the Arts, Lonn Combs receives 2010 Independent Projects awards from the Architecture, Planning and Design Program. Full grant to support ongoing research into lightweight structural membranes for public space implementation.


1000x Architecture of the Americas: EASTON+COMBS Features: (1) Mill Center for the Performing Arts, (2) Airport Parking Facility

1000x Architecture of the Americas: EASTON+COMBS Features: Mill Center for the Performing Arts, Airport Parking Facility
Michelle Galindo, Verlagshaus Braun, Hardcover, 2008
Pages 244 (Mill Center for the Performing Arts), 248 (Airport Parking Facility)


Verlagshaus Braun

2008 Architecture League Prize: Lonn Combs, EASTON+COMBS

Lonn Combs selected to participate in the Architectural League’s Young Architects Forum 2008: RESONANCE

Exhibition: May 08, 2008 to July 11, 2008

Lecture: May 15, 2008, 6:30pm

Location: Municipal Art Society of New York

2008 Young Architects Forum: Resonance

The Architecture League of New York

Interior Architecture of China: Issue 12: EASTON+COMBS Profile / Lonn Combs Teaching Profile (Pratt Institute)

Interior Architecture of China: Issue 12: EASTON+COMBS Profile / Lonn Combs Teaching Profile (Pratt Institute)
Issue:  Interior Architecture of China 12, 2007

Pages 250-255

CCD Design, China

Praxis 9: Expanding Surface: “EASTON+COMBS; from Skin to Surface” by Filip Tejchman

Praxis Journal: Expanding Surface: “EASTON+COMBS; from Skin to Surface” by Filip Tejchman
Issue: Praxis 9, October 2007
Pages 39-45


“Consilient Mapping: Nine Probes for Architecture in Korea” : Invited Exhibition and Symposium Catalogue

“Consilient Mapping: Nine Probes for Architecture in Korea” : Invited Exhibition and Symposium Catalogue

Exhibition: 2006, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Catalogue: February 2007

Total Museum, Seoul

Competitions Magazine: Volume 16, Number 2: Jeongok Prehistory Museum

Competitions Magazine: Volume 16, Number 2: Jeongok Prehistory Museum
Issue: Competitions Magazine, Volume 16, Number 2, Summer 2006
Pages 8, 12-15