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We invite you to watch and share the entire series of CRANtv on YouTube.

Feel free to post them on your websites and ask your component of the AIA to post them on theirs. Curated by fellow custom residential architects, CRANtv is good information to drive residential clients to AIA Architects.

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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.

Meet the Advisory Group » 
See photos from 2014 Symposium in Charleston, SC»
Learn about our subcommittees »

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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View upcoming webinars »

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 »


AIA CRAN Noted in Architect Magazine

The Hows and Whys of CRANtv
The AIA’s Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) is one of the most active groups dedicated to helping architects who specialize in residential design—which is, by any estimate, a large portion of architects in the U.S. Clients are important to any sector of the profession, but residential architects have a unique relationship to their client base.

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.

CRAN Educational Sessions at Convention

TH413 Not so Big Community: A Vision for Our Collective Future
Thursday, May 14 | 5:00-6:00PM
Georgia World Congress Center | Room B312

Over the past two decades, we've learned a lot about what does and doesn't work in developing communities. If you're ready to grasp the potential for a different kind of community experience, and a highly sustainable vision for the future, then read on.

This eye-opening session will visit some of the basic tenets of Not So Big community design, including:
• Pocket neighborhoods
• The New Urbanism
• Transit-oriented development
• The local food movement
• Aging in place

You'll also discover how to clearly communicate niche projects and concepts with the general public. After all, many clients today are longing for the very types of alternative communities we've been busy creating—but don't know they exist. It's time we learned to describe such communities in clear language that explains and inspires.

Sarah Susanka, FAIA

Author, The Not So Big House Series, Susanka Studios, Raleigh, North Carolina

TH209 Developing Rock-Star Presentation Skills for Emerging Professionals!

Thursday, May 14 | 9:00-10:00 AM
Georgia World Congress Center | Room B206

Are you ready to be a rock-star presenter? If you're looking to give your architectural career a real boost, don't miss this must-attend session from the Custom Residential Architects Network. It will pump up your presentation skills and help you "wow" clients and stakeholders.

Successful entrepreneurs and business leaders realize the importance of making a great presentation. It's all about having the skills that allow you to grow, sell, and promote yourself and your firm. This fast-paced, high-energy session will jumpstart your competence, enabling you to deliver a well-crafted presentation with a clear message.

Be prepared to participate and engage in "street theater" skits and build the confidence needed to present yourself and your ideas powerfully. You'll enter an architect and leave a rock star, ready to build your entourage of excited clients, partners, and stakeholders.

James A. Walbridge, AIA

President, Tekton Architecture, Inc., San Francisco, California

FR210 Emotional Intelligence and Leadership! Career Development Skills for Emerging Professionals
Friday, May 15 | 2:00-3:00 PM
Georgia World Congress Center | Room A404

To quote industry leader Scott Simpson, FAIA: "Architects are in the leadership business, and design is our medium." As architects, we have a fundamental responsibility to lead not only the process, but also the entire team involved in the process.

Effective leadership requires more than just vision and intelligence. Emotional intelligence (EQ) is also an essential trait of truly effective leaders. An emotionally strong leader will be able to build strong partnerships and guide teams toward the best business decisions.

In "Emotional Intelligence and Leadership," you'll learn how to fast-track your career development by apply the five components of EQ:
• Self-awareness
• Self-regulation
• Internal motivation
• Empathy
• Social skills

Presented by the Custom Residential Architect's Network, this high-impact session will encourage direct audience participation in exploring real-world scenarios.

James A. Walbridge, AIA

President, Tekton Architecture, Inc., San Francisco, California

2015 CRAN Symposium

Minneapolis, MN
September 19 - 23


Learn from CRAN online at AIAU

Earn LUs from CRAN Symposium Anytime!

How has our notion of home changed over time? Three courses explore traditions of home, including design principles for new modern and new traditional homes.

Traditions of Home

Take a brief tour of the history and customs of elemental Western traditions of the home with architect, professor, and writer Witold Rybczynski. You'll explore practicality vs. custom, fashion vs. comfort, and how certain elements have maintained a persistent presence well into modern 21st century life.

Witold Rybczynski is an architect, professor, and writer who has written about architecture and urbanism for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker and has been an architecture critic for Saturday Night, Wigwag, and Slate.

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The New Modern House
1.5 HSW LUs / RIBA

Explore modern stylistic idioms and how traditional forms and building materials can be used in innovative ways to meet a modern context.

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The New Traditional House
1.5 HSW LUs / RIBA

Discover how traditional homes can incorporate modern materials and construction methods.

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Bundle and save!

Take advantage of AIAU's bundle discount and save 15% when you buy four or more courses.
AIA members, that's 15% off the special member price of $25/course. Non-members save 15% off the non-member price of $40/course.

Upcoming Events

  1. 2015 CRAN Symposium

    Saturday, September 19 - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Thank You to CRAN's 2015 Convention Sponsors

Sponsor of What Can CRAN Do for You: Advocate, Educate, and Support for the Residential Practitioner at AIA National Convention

Sponsors of reception for SPP, CRAN, and Housing Knowledge Communities at AIA National Convention



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Houses for All Regions: CRAN Residential Collection

House for All Regions: CRAN Residential Collection
is the first in a series on international residential architecture published in partnership with the American Institute of Architects' Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN).

AIA National Convention Events

EV210 What Can CRAN Do for You: Advocate, Educate, and Support for the Residential Practitioner
Thursday, May 14 | 4:00-5:30PM
Georgia World Congress Center | Room B208

Join the AIA Custom Residential Architects' Network (CRAN) and our sponsor for a lively, interactive, and collaborative forum over cocktails. During this moderated exchange, we'll share insights and anecdotes regarding the challenges and triumphs faced by today's residential architects. CRAN provides support, advocacy, and education to everyone involved in custom residential design.

Event Sponsor: 

2012 AIA National Convention

EV214 Small Project Practitioners + Custom Residential Architects Network + Housing Knowledge Community Reception

Thursday, May 14 | 6:00-8:00 PM
Park Bar | 150 Walton Street NW

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.

Event sponsors:

2012 AIA National Convention

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

Latest Discussions

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    RE:Huffington Post coverage of Housing Awards

    Posted in: Custom Residential Architects Network

    As one of many residential Architects who also agree the AIA and publications popular with Architects have a rather narrow focus on what is considered "good" design, I also have observed that this "good"...

  • Adam J. Trott AIA

    RE: Huffington Post coverage of Housing Awards

    Posted in: Custom Residential Architects Network

    AIA Members, AWARDS PROGRAMS There seems a lot of consternation regarding awards programs and their relevance to the more common practice of Architects. My practice is predominantly in the...

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