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The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) Knowledge Community develops knowledge and information to benefit architects who are engaged in, or who are interested in learning more about, custom residential practice. CRAN presents information and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and expertise to promote the professional development of its members via discussion forums, national symposia and conventions, publications, and local activities.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Discover local events, national conferences, free continuing education webinars and more from the AIA CRAN Event Calendar. Local components are invited to send upcoming events for local CRAN committees to 

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Local & State Chapters

Local and State Chapters

CRAN offers local chapters wanting to start a residential committee the tools to help establish a committee and a network of successful local groups from which to draw ideas and inspiration.

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Connect with custom residential architects in your area »

2015 CRAN Symposium - Save the Date


September 19-23, 2015

Minneapolis, MN

Stay tuned for more details!



2014 CRAN Symposium


2014 CRAN Symposium, September 18-20, 2014, in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Couldn't make it to Symposium? Watch the live stream online - hosted by Houzz! 

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Thank You to CRAN's 2014 Sponsors

Sponsor of CRAN Coffee and Controversy: The Residential Practitioner Speaks out! at AIA National Convention


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The Client's Role for a Successful Residential Project

How to Choose an Architect for Your Project

What Should Your House Look Like?

Who Needs an Architect?

An Architect's Education

AIA Publications

ARCHITECT, residential architect, Eco Home and Eco-Structure magazines are provided as electronic copies to all members in each issue of AIArchitect. All AIA members automatically receive a print copy of ARCHITECT. Members will also have the option for printed copies of the other three publications. Request your print subscription of residential architect magazine.

A special feature of the ARCHITECT and residential architect is AIA exclusive content pages. AIA/CRAN actively works with AIA staff to include residential features, local chapter events and news, listing of upcoming events, and member driven issues for the residential architect's AIA pages. Check out AIA on Residential


A Toolkit to Get You Organized Locally!

CRAN offers local chapters wanting to start a residential committee the tools to help establish a committee and a network of successful local groups from which to draw ideas and inspiration. Download the toolkit.

"So You Want To Do Houses?"

Residential design is not for every architect, says one who has learned from experience. A casual survey of why people become architects will inevitably lead to an early interest in or passion for the design of houses. It is therefore surprising to many people that not all architects design houses. Single-family residential design is something most architects feel they have the skills and knowledge to do effectively, but the reality is few of us makes an ongoing practice of it and even fewer can earn a meaningful living doing it. I know, I try to do it every day and it is tough. Read the complete article by Michael Malone, AIA published by the Texas Society of Architects/AIA.

Getting There: A Road Map for Clients

Use this booklet (shared by AIA CRAN member, Bud Dietrich, AIA) as template to create your own media to help educate clients on the design and construction process.

Business of Architecture

One hears a lot about social media these days, but is it right for you? What benefits, if any, can an architect gain from social media? Enoch Sears, AIA, provides some thoughts and case studies on this topic in the primer Social Media for Architects which we have made available to members of the AIA CRAN. It can be downloaded here. Enoch curates the blog where he writes about social media and web design for architects.

AIA Award Programs

AIA Housing Awards
AIA/HUD Secretary Awards
>> 2012 Recipients: Housing and HUD
>> 2011 Recipients: Housing and HUD
>> 2010 Recipients: Housing and HUD


Be Published in the AIA/CRAN Residential Collection

Your chance to be featured in Houses for All Regions, a collection of single family designs recognized for responding to the the individual circumstances of place and program. The book is the first in a series developed by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN).

The book is slated to be released in late spring of 2014 and is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Apply by July 31, 2014

Latest Discussions

  • Brenda Nelson Assoc. AIA

    Join The CRAN Chronicle Team

    Posted in: Custom Residential Architects Network

    The CRAN Chronicle committee is looking for one to two additional members to join their team. The CRAN Chronicle is the quarterly newsletter produced specifically for the CRAN Knowledge Community, emailed...

  • Ann Harris

    Webinar recording now available: Top Trends in Residential Landscape Design

    Posted in: Custom Residential Architects Network

    Missed the webinar live? Or want to review what you learned? The archive is now available for "Incorporating Top Trends for Residential Landscape Design". Visit the webinar archive to... ...

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