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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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 email@example.com.
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Thursday, June 26 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday, June 27 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM | 1.50 AIA LUs
This program will be a compendium of best practices, strategies, lessons learned, and key advice garnered from each of the 15 members on the AIA CRAN (Custom Residential Architect’s Network) National Advisory Group, all of whom have their own residential practices. The unique value inherent with this program is the collective experience of these 15 individuals who have made a career decision to start their own firm focusing on residential practice. The wealth of knowledge developed through each of these respective practices will provide attendees with anecdotal real-world wisdom beyond the textbook on what it takes to have a career in architecture focused on the residential archetype. As a majority of the members of the AIA have engaged in some form of residential practice in their careers, this program is appropriate and relevant toward the development of a residential practice whether as a sole practitioner or small firm. All this contributes to a target-specific, comprehensive program, containing guidance toward starting their own firm which, our emerging professionals might not find in another venue or in their current respective professional environments.
Friday, June 27, 2013 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM | 1.00 AIA HSW LUs + GBCI + RIBA | On-Demand
A net-zero energy home is capable of producing renewable energy equal to the amount it consumes over the course of a year. This session will present research on urban infill net-zero residential construction which involves a systemic approach to design in order to reduce energy demands, focus on a high-performing envelope, utilize highly efficient systems, and find sources for energy harvesting. Ultimately, a net-zero project challenges the current methods of residential construction and looks for the types of innovation seen in the aerospace and automobile industries. This requires a change in the design paradigm to a more integrated approach to performance-based building construction that minimizes energy needs while and maximizing the potential for energy production.
Friday, June 21, 2013 | 7:00 - 9:00 PM | Fee: $0
Join AIA Custom Residential Architects’ Network (CRAN) and our sponsor for a lively, interactive, and collaborative forum over breakfast in a moderated exchange to inspire with insights and anecdotes which address the challenges, pitfalls, and triumphs of being a residential architect today. Topics will draw from the collective experiences of our varied CRAN membership.
Saturday, June 28 | 8:30 - 10:00 AM | 1.50 LUs + RIBA | On-Demand
For the past several decades, architects have abandoned the Design Build delivery method because the AIA considered it unethical and a conflict of interest for the architect. This is no longer the case. Now the time is right for more emerging professionals and small practitioners to join the ranks of those who have been practicing as Design Build with great success. This workshop brings mature companies to enlighten young professionals to the merits of Design Build as a profitable delivery method. Design Build project delivery is cutting edge because we dare to reposition residential architects as leaders in the burgeoning custom home industry, and bring quality design to the forefront of communities on a local as well as national level.
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Architect and friend Katie Hutchinson is writing a new book for The Taunton Press tentatively titled The New Small House. If you'd like to submit a project for consideration you can by going to:
The AIA’s Knowledge Leadership Assembly (KLA) was held last week at the Fairmount Olympic in Seattle. Members of the Advisory Group (AG) from each Knowledge Community (KC), AIA staff and leadership...
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