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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 »

2014 CRAN Symposium


Mark your calendar for September 18-20, 2014 and join AIA CRAN in Charleston, South Carolina for the 2014 CRAN Symposium.

More details coming soon!


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How to Choose an Architect for Your Project

Who Needs an Architect?

An Architect's Education

Thank You to CRAN's 2013 Sponsors

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


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AIA National Convention Events

WE304: Tools and Trends in Web Platforms and Social Media

Tools and Trends in Web Platforms and Social Media for Residential Architects and Small Project Practitioners 2.0
Wednesday, June 25 | 1:00 PM -5:00 PM | Fee: $175 | Earn 3.75 LUs + RIBA

Empowering ourselves to lead starts with telling our stories. Certainly architects have for some time now told stories about adding value through the use of design to inspire and enrich. Whereas in the past architects relied on buildings to tell these stories, taking the "if you build it, they will come approach," architects will more and more have to rely on content-rich websites and social media. Architects will have to adapt their inclination for the long narrative to the 140-character world.

This workshop will explore how architects can use a wide array of web-based tools and platforms to:
  • Create an engaging website that’s more than just pretty pictures
  • Use a website to engage and inform
  • Employ social media platforms to encourage interaction and dialogue
  • Measure the effectiveness of a web presence

Learn More

EV208: SPP + CRAN + Housing KC Reception
FR314: Emerging Professionals Definitive Guide to Residential Practice
FR402: Fundamentals of NetZero Residential Construction
EV319: CRAN Coffee and Controversy
SA202: Profiting from Design Build for a Residential Practice

Latest Discussions

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  • Harold Dietrich, AIA, NCARB

    New Taunton Book call for submissions

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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: ...

Latest Resources

Latest Blogs

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    CRAN at the 2012 Knowledge Leadership Assembly

    Custom Residential Architects Network

    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... more

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    An Introduction into the Similarities of Architecture and Fashion Design

    Custom Residential Architects Network

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