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AIA CRAN

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 cran@aia.org. 

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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

Minneapolis, MN
September 19 - 23

 


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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Upcoming Events

  1. 2015 CRAN Symposium

    Saturday, September 19 - Wednesday, September 23, 2015
    Minneapolis

Thank You to CRAN's 2014 Sponsors

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

CRAN TV


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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 Architect.com.

Resources


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 BusinessofArchitecture.com 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


Announcements

Houses for All Regions in AIA Bookstore

House for All Regions: CRAN Residential Collection is the first in a series on international residential architecture produced by IMAGES Publishing in partnership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The projects are divided into four climate zones: Arid & Semi-arid, Temperate, Arctic and Sub-tropical & Tropical, and each illustrates how architects adapt their designs to accommodate the challenges posed by the local topography and variations in climate.

Latest Discussions

  • Adam J. Trott AIA

    RE: Join the CRANversation

    Posted in: Custom Residential Architects Network

    Christopher, Thanks for sharing these articles - good reading. I honestly think that the articles addressed/debated only a small fraction of the overall body of architectural work. I believe...

  • Christopher J. Glapinski AIA

    Join the CRANversation

    Posted in: Custom Residential Architects Network

    If you haven't been following along lately, you may have missed some of the recent attention grabbing articles calling into question the architect's role in contemporary society. In their...

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