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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.         



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  • TH103 -  Compelling Storytelling: Successfully Presenting Small Firm Projects to the Public
    April 26 | 7-8am | 1 LU/RIBA | Learn More
    You'll uncover the ways social media can derail projects overnight because neighborhood and community groups are organized and prepared to challenge proposals. But by properly preparing presentation materials, controlling your narrative, and navigating the demands of all stakeholders, you'll master the art of storytelling—and win over audiences.

  • EV104 -  The Sunset Social Hosted by the AIA Knowledge Communities
    April 26 | 6-8pm | Lafayette's Restaurant and Bar | Learn More
    Kick off your convention experience with this popular event showcasing the many ways you can invest your talent with AIA's professional interest groups. Engage with dedicated volunteer leaders who share your passions and commitment as you enjoy festive cocktails, southern-inspired hors d'oeuvres, and live entertainment. *This event takes place of CRAN Reception.

  • ME202 - CRAN Forum: Residential Architects and Home Builders Collaborating
    April 27 | 2:30-4:00pm | Learn More
    Join us at our annual moderated, interactive and collaborative forum. 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.

  • FR207 -  Get Ready to Rock! Essential Presentation Skills for all Architects
    April 28 | 2-3pm | 1LU/RIBA | Learn More
    Presenting yourself and your ideas with clarity, confidence, and style is a critical skill, wherever you are in your career. At this fast-paced, high-energy session, you'll discover how to take your presentation abilities to the next level.

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


CRAN Knowledge Community is pleased to announce the HERE+NOW: A House for the 21st Century residential student design competition for the 2016-2017 academic year. Administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by AIA CRAN, this program is intended to provide architecture students, working individually or in teams, with a platform to explore residential architecture and residential architectural practice.

For more information regarding rules and eligibility requirements and deadlines, please visit the competition website.

Important dates:
March 29, 2017- Registration deadline
May 15, 2017- Submission deadline


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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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 Design, 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

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


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 where he writes about social media and web design for architects.

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The Client's Role for a Successful Residential Project

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An Architect's Education

AIA Award Programs

AIA Housing Awards
AIA/HUD Secretary Awards
>> 2015 Recipients: Housing and HUD
>> 2014 Recipients: Housing and HUD
>> 2013 Recipients: Housing and HUD
>> 2012 Recipients: Housing and HUD
>> 2011 Recipients: Housing and HUD
>> 2010 Recipients: Housing and HUD

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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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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.