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Welcome to the Custom Residential Architects Network

  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.         




CRAN at the AIA Convention 2016

Join CRAN at this year's AIA Convention in Philadelphia, May 19-21.


  • EV102 - Find Your Community at Philly and Beyond!
    May 18 | 6-8PM | The Racquet Club of Philadelphia | Learn More
    Kick off your convention experience! Connect with first time and returning attendees who share your interests at this new event as you indulge in festive cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and partake in fun activities all while reveling in unique architectural details of the venue. *This event takes place of last year's CRAN/SPP/HKC Reception.


  • EV213 - CRAN Forum: Focusing Exclusively on the Practice of Residential Architecture
    May 19 | 1:30-3PM | Learn More
    Join the annual moderated, collaborative, and interactive forum hosted by the AIA Custom Residential Architects' Network. Discover insights and anecdotes about the challenges and triumphs faced by today's residential architects, from a knowledge community that provides support, advocacy, and education to everyone involved in custom residential design.

  • Sponsored by GRAPHISOFT


Explore the convention schedule with 500+ sessions by clicking here.






WHERE: Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa in Santa Rosa, California. Santa Rosa is about 55 miles north of San Francisco in the hear of wine country.

WHEN: September 18-22, 2016

Please mark your calendar now and join us again this year!




Seeking Submissions | Houses for All Regions: CRAN Residential Collection Vol. II 



Inclusion in the CRAN Residential Collection, Volume II is the highest honor that the CRAN can bestow on a single family custom designed residence. It is conferred by the national CRAN Advisory Group in recognition of design solutions that achieve not only aesthetic merit, but respond to the individual circumstances of place and program. CRAN encourages submissions of residential work of all sizes and styles, as we recognize the wide variety of techniques and traditions in which residential architects practice.

We invite your firm to submit work for consideration in this unique publication. This is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your firm and your recent projects on the world stage




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 Home Design Trends Survey

Making Finding Emerging Trends Easier
Each quarter, the AIA Home Design Trends Survey highlights a different area of home trends and includes the same business conditions questions for tracking purposes. This Q1 report covers “Home and Property Design” - find and track these important trends in home design.
See the survey here.

Upcoming Events

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Sponsorship Prospectus



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.

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.

CRAN also produces a quarterly newsletter, The CRAN Chronicle: catch up on all the previous issues here.

Resources


AIA Home Design Trends Survey

Each quarter, the AIA Home Design Trends Survey highlights a different area of home trends and includes the same business conditions questions for tracking purposes. See the Survey.

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.


Latest Discussions

  • I don't think you understand... I'm the architect for the project if I take it on. The home owner wants to build it himself... ------------------------------ Michael Pednault AIA Windham, ME

  • Just learned of another! SA209 (Michael Bell, FAIA, Cara Hall, FAIA, and Forrest Lott, FAIA) The Small Firm’s Essential Guide to Contract Documents ------------------------------...

Announcements

  • Save the Date - 2016 CRAN Symposium

    September 18-22, Santa Rosa, CA

Latest Resources

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




AIA Award Programs

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>> 2010 Recipients: Housing and HUD

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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.

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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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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.