Join CRAN at 2015 AIA National Convention

Earn up to continuing education at our pre-convention workshops or enjoy an evening with your peers in an intimate setting at a local venue for a Knowledge Community networking reception. Join us on Saturday as we honor and celebrate excellence in housing design.

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EV210 What Can CRAN Do for You: Advocate, Educate, and Support for the Residential Practitioner
5/14/2015, from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM | Fee: $10

Join the AIA Custom Residential Architects' Network (CRAN) and our sponsor for a lively, interactive, and collaborative forum over cocktails. During this moderated exchange, 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.

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EV214: Small Project Practitioners + Custom Residential Architects Network + Housing Knowledge Community Reception

Thursday, May 14 | 6:00 PM - 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.


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Not So Big Community: A Vision for Our Collective Future

Thursday, May 14 | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Over the past two decades, we've learned a lot about what does and doesn't work in developing communities.  This eye-opening session will visit some of the basic tenets of Not So Big community design, including pocket neighborhoods, the new urbanism, transit-oriented development, the local food movement, and aging in place.

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Developing Rock-Star Presentation Skills for Emerging Professionals!

Thursday, May 14 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Are you ready to be a rock-star presenter? If you're looking to give your architectural career a real boost, don't miss this must-attend session from the Custom Residential Architects Network. It will pump up your presentation skills and help you "wow" clients and stakeholders

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Emotional Intelligence and Leadership! Career Development Skills for Emerging Professionals

Thursday, May 14 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


To quote industry leader Scott Simpson, FAIA: "Architects are in the leadership business, and design is our medium." As architects, we have a fundamental responsibility to lead not only the process, but also the entire team involved in the process.

Effective leadership requires more than just vision and intelligence. Emotional intelligence (EQ) is also an essential trait of truly effective leaders. An emotionally strong leader will be able to build strong partnerships and guide teams toward the best business decisions.

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