Eric Palson
Eric Palson

Principal

Eric grew up in Maine and Massachusetts, the son of artist parents. Interested in both the arts and sciences, he decided to study architecture at MIT, figuring it would be easier to fall back on an art career if the architecture didn’t work out. Eric earned a master’s degree (and taught) at UC Berkeley. An architect since 1986, Eric’s notable projects include the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire in Manchester, NH; and the Division of Continuing Education for Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. He was formerly an associate with Benjamin Thompson Associates in Cambridge, and a professor at three architectural colleges. Eric assumed control of Clint and Deirdre Sheerr’s commercial practice after Clint’s passing in 1997. In 2012, Sheerr McCrystal Palson Architecture, Inc., led by Eric and his new partner, Jason LaCombe, moved from New London to Concord. Aside from practicing architecture, Eric is an oil painter and exhibits sporadically around the area. He also supports his wife, Patricia, in her craft exhibitions, acting as driver, gofer, and general roustabout. Their children are grown, employed, and have their own health insurance.

Jason LaCombe
Jason LaCombe

Principal

Jason brings almost 20 years of practical experience both as an architect and construction manager. He brings a unique, pragmatic approach to his designs, which are based on sustainable building principles and guided by collaborative efforts with the client and builder. Prior to joining SMP, Jason was the lead architect on the South Cove Activity Center at Eastman, a LEED Gold facility that was selected as the 2010 sustainable building of the year. His other work includes libraries, private residences, community centers, and institutional and commercial projects. Jason grew up in a family of builders on the coast of Maine and now lives in Hopkinton, NH, with his wife and four daughters. Outside of the office and being a dad, he is active in his church and Capital Region Habitat for Humanity.

Anthony Mento
Anthony Mento

Project Manager

Anthony spent 11 years with SMP from 2000-2011 as a designer and project manager, and returned to the firm in 2012 after a brief break as a project manager for a local mechanical contractor. He served as the lead designer for several arts venues around the state, including Red River Theatres, Capital Center for the Arts, and Concord Community Music School (as well as myriad other business and civic projects). Anthony was a past recipient of the New Hampshire Union Leader’s “40 Under Forty” award, and is a dedicated artist, sculptor, custom motorcycle builder, and pig farmer. He is married with one dog dependent.

Charlie Veysey
Charlie Veysey

Project Assistant, Intern Architect

Charlie is a relative newcomer to SMP. A native New Hampshire-ite, he earned his architecture degree in Bozeman, Montana (where they have very few degrees, much of the time). Charlie is quiet and thoughtful and brings important insights to our design process. When he is not acting as project assistant, Charlie is an avid disc golf player, having recently turned professional.

Andrea Druke

Office Manager

Andrea has ruled the SMP roost since 1996, serving officially as office manager and bookkeeper. Unofficially, Andrea keeps our firm on course, reminding us of our roots and our mission and making sure we hopeless-architect-types toe the line. She is not above wagging a finger at us when necessary. And, of course, she remembers every project and knows where absolutely everything is. Andrea grew up on her family’s (fifth-generation) dairy farm in Vermont and brings that same no-nonsense attitude to work at SMP. If it’s broke, she will fix it, animate or inanimate. Where would we be without Andrea? We’d have to ask her to be sure…


 

Memberships & Affiliations

SMP is a member of several local civic and business organizations, as well as many industry groups, including: