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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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AIA CRAN


 

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.

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 cran@aia.org. 

View the event calendar »
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.

Find your local chapter »
Connect with custom residential architects in your area »

Announcements

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 Store

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.

Check out our new Residential Design-Build Agreement

A145™–2015, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Design-Builder for a One or Two Family Residential Project

This agreement is a streamlined, homeowner-friendly document meeting the needs of residential design-builders. Design-build is the fastest growing project delivery method in the United States, and residential projects make up an increasingly significant portion of this business. By assuming responsibility for both the design and construction elements of a residential project, firms see the possibility for increased revenue opportunities.

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
1 HSW LU / RIBA

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.

View course >

The New Traditional House
1.5 HSW LUs / RIBA

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

View course >

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
    Minneapolis

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

             

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




Latest Blogs

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    BALA Awards

    Custom Residential Architects Network

    Best in American Living Awards: Home Design’s Top Honor There's only a few weeks left until the Best in American Living Awards' entry deadline! A lot has changed over the 30... more

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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

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 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


Latest Discussions

  • Matthew Tinder

    media opportunity - oddly shaped lots

    Posted in: Custom Residential Architects Network

    A WSJ reporter is working on a story and is interested in speaking to an architect for possible inclusion in the article. Her story is about houses built on very oddly-shaped lots. She plans on featuring...

  • W. Douglas Gilpin Jr. FAIA

    President Clinton's Keynote Address today

    Posted in: Custom Residential Architects Network

    For those of us who had other commitments, how was President WJC's Keynote Speech today? I can't find a thing about it on the AIA website nor in any Press Releases. Is there a news blackout in Atlanta,...

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