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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.

2020 Letter from the CRAN® Chair

By Lindsay A. Colwell AIA posted 03-12-2020 17:44


Letter from the CRAN® Chair

Welcome to Spring 2020

It is my pleasure to serve as the chair of CRAN® for 2020. For the past 3 months our Executive Committee and Advisory Group have been busy organizing various activities for 2020. Please go to our homepage to stay up to date with our events and other news.

Our Yearly Symposium
We are actively preparing another great Symposium, which will take place in Miami, FL this October 24-27. Expect an outstanding home tour, 2 days of solid, worthwhile educational sessions, plus a lovely boat cruise! It’s also a great opportunity for architects to see new and familiar products and services in our sponsor showcase hall, as well as mingle with our sponsors over cocktails or dinner. In my opinion, the networking is what brings attendees back each year! Registration will open in July.

2020 -2021 Student Competition
CRAN is once again collaborating with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) for its bi-annual Student Design Competition. More information on this will be posted as it develops. Visit ACSA's site to learn more about the previous program and winners.

Our Legacy
In 2017 the executive committee, with the recommendation of the Legacy Committee, approved funding for a yearly scholarship through the AIA Architecture Foundation. This multi-year scholarship assists architecture students who are entering, enrolled in, or transferring to a NAAB-accredited undergraduate architecture program. This is one of the ways CRAN is helping to advance the future of our emerging professionals.

Visit the AIA Architecture Foundation page to learn more. 

Our Team
I would like to acknowledge the people who contribute so much to the success of CRAN.  Their volunteer time, ideas, and talent should be recognized. The 2020 ExComm members consists of Vice-Chair Tom Meiklejohn, AIA; Treasurer Blake Held, AIA; Secretary Warren Lloyd, AIA; and Past-Chair Mary Cerrone, AIA.  Our 2020 Advisory group consists of Mark Asher, AIA; John DeForest, AIA; Julie Hacker, FAIA; Jean Rehkamp Larson, AIA; Luis Jauregui, FAIA; Joanna McBride, AIA; Chris Rose, AIA; Marica McKeel, AIA; and JP Pirrello, AIA.

I would also like to thank our KC support staff: Susan Parrish, Lori Feinman, Alexander Chaconas, and Bruce Bland.

I look forward to continued success for CRAN and for our members.

Kind Regards,

Lindsay Cullum-Colwell

2020 CRAN Chair