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Presented by Eric Bunge, FAIA, Lonn Combs, Rona Easton, Mimi Hoang, AIA and Thomas Ryan

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss how the projects presented have used local, natural, or unconventional materials as a means of connecting to their sites and providing the houses with a strong sense of craft.
  2. For each project, describe the designer’s approach to detailing the intersections of various materials and connections between structural and architectural elements.
  3. Explain how each house has been sited and configured to optimize daylighting and ventilation and to capture views.
  4. Discuss how the projects presented have reinterpreted vernacular and modern typologies.


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Architectural Record’s annual Houses issue has been the premier showcase for residential architecture for decades, each year reflecting the best in inventive contemporary design. For the third year in a row, Record Houses will be live: see and hear from the architects of 2023’s award-winning houses, from the April issue of the magazine and online, as they explore how to integrate residences into natural surroundings and strategize methods of sustainability and resilience.


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House in Colima


Eric Bunge, FAIA, is a partner of Brooklyn-based nARCHITECTS, which he leads with Mimi Hoang. Born in Montreal of Argentinian heritage, Eric trained in London, Calcutta, Paris, and Boston before co-founding nARCHITECTS in 1999. He has led projects including the Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center, the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center, the A/D/O Design Center, and the ground-breaking micro-unit building Carmel Place. Eric is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning, and has taught at Parsons School of Design, R.I.S.D. and Columbia/Barnard Colleges, and as a visiting professor at Harvard University, Yale University, UC Berkeley, Universite de Montreal, and University of Toronto. He holds a Master in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University. Eric received the 2005 Canadian Professional Rome Prize. Along with Mimi Hoang, he is the co-author of Buildings and Almost Buildings.


Lonn Combs, is a cofounder of EASTON COMBS, a currently registered architect in New York and Massachusetts as well as a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards certificate holder and member of the American Institute of Architects. In addition to directing the practice, Lonn is a tenured Associate Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Architecture. Lonn earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. He was awarded the Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome in 2012. During his fellowship period he conducted research on the history of the material innovation of Pier Luigi Nervi and collaborated on multiple projects with EASTON COMBS partner Rona Easton.


Rona Easton, is a cofounder of EASTON COMBS. She is a registered architect in New York, Texas, and Massachusetts, as well as in the United Kingdom. She was one of the first wave of LEED Accredited Professionals and maintains a focus on sustainable research, design, and project delivery. Rona obtained her undergraduate degree in architecture at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, and completed her post graduate professional degree at the University of Westminster. She also holds a Masters degree from the Bartlett School of Architecture’s Unit of Advanced Architectural Studies with a research focus on the social and spatial logic of cities. This research continued to develop and inform during her years in some of the world’s major urban centers. Working with large international architectural firms, in Berlin, Hong Kong, and New York, Rona developed and led public and private projects in a wide range of building types including major infrastructure, commercial, bio-science, health, institutional, retail, and residential.


Mimi Hoang, AIA, co-founded nARCHITECTS with Eric Bunge with a belief in architecture as an agent of positive change, responding to and connecting people with the environment in unexpected ways. Responding to our world in flux while fostering social engagement guides her work. Born in the tropics of Vietnam and trained in Amsterdam and New York City, she brings a global outlook and an obsession with greenery to the firm’s design culture. Mimi teaches graduate design studios as an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and previously taught at Yale University. Mimi received her Master’s in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and her Bachelor of Science in Art and Design from M.I.T.


Thomas Ryan, Founder, T.W. Ryan Architecture, is a native of North Carolina. He studied Visual Arts at NC State University (BA) and Architecture at the Architectural Association, London and NC State University (MArch). Apprenticed in Ticino, Switzerland with Franc Sidler (2000), he worked in New York as a designer with Richard Meier and Partners (2005-2007), and as an Associate with Christoff : Finio Architecture (2007-2013). In 2013 he established T.W. Ryan Architecture in Brooklyn, New York, now based in Mill Valley, California. The practice works on cultural, residential and commercial projects at a variety of scales, with a particular focus on arts related commissions. Ryan is a Senior Lecturer at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He is the recipient of the Faculty Design Prize and Henry Kamphoefner Fellowship from the NC College of Design, and the Deborah Norden Prize from The Architectural League of New York. He is a registered architect in New York, Wyoming, and California.


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Originally published in April 2023