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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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See photos from 2014 Symposium in Charleston, SC»
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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 »

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 2014 Sponsors

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


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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

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

Tools and Trends in Web Platforms and Social Media for Residential Architects and Small Project Practitioners 2.0
Wednesday, June 25 | 1:00-5:00 PM

Architects have an inspirational story to tell, and workshop participants will learn how to tell their story. We will instruct you on how to use the power and reach of the internet to empower your voice like never before and how to effectively and efficiently manage the time you use to tweet, post, blog, update, etc. Participants will learn about the available tools and resources to be effective and efficient. The result is that by the end of the workshop, participants will be empowered to use simple, cost-effective (mostly no cost) tools to tell their story and to have a better understanding of how this story fits with their business plan.

2012 AIA National Convention

Small Project Practitioners + Custom Residential Architects Network + Housing Knowledge Community Reception
Thursday, May 14 | 6:00-8:00 PM

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

CRAN Coffee and Controversy: The Residential Practitioner Speaks out!
Friday, June 27 | 7:00 - 9:00 AM

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, and everyone will be encouraged to participate. CRAN is a national AIA Knowledge Community open to all that provides support, advocacy, and education to the profession and public matters of custom residential design.
Cost: $0 - Free to Attend

2012 AIA National Convention

Profiting from Design Build for a Residential Practice
Saturday, June 28 | 8:30-10:00 AM

Enjoy an evening with your peers in an intimate setting at a local venue. Join local and national architects, leaders, small firm owners, and AIA members with practices and interests ranging from small projects to custom residential design to affordable housing. The reception will provide opportunities for networking, collaboration, and sharing of best practice on an informal basis.

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


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

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    Huffington Post coverage of Housing Awards

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    Hi all - Passing along the first-ever coverage of the Housing Awards that ran on the Huffington Post Home section:

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    RE: MEDIA INQUIRY: house lifting / relocation

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    Hi all - Overhwelming response to this inquiry - so please consider this opportunity closed. Hopefully, the reporter will contact a few of you who sent me your contact info. Thanks, as always

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