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Connect with Custom Residential Architects Across the Country Through CRAN!

Thursday, August 04, 2011 2:18 PM | Anonymous member

Connect with Custom Residential Architects Across the Country Through CRAN!

Dawn Zuber is interested in forming a local chapter of CRAN.  This group would focus on the interests of Custom Residential Architects. You can read more about the formation of CRAN here:

Dawn would like to hear from you if you are interested!


A Short History:

Over the past 5 years, a small group of residential architects has worked to build the AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), which began as a subgroup of the AIA Residential Knowledge Community. CRAN's primary focus is to make the AIA relevant to residential architects by providing information, course content, and leadership to our members. In a very short time we have become one of the most active, vibrant, and relevant groups within the AIA Knowledge Communities. But that was just the beginning...

A New and Rapidly-Growing AIA Knowledge Community:

CRAN has recently become an independent AIA Knowledge Community. This elevation is the culmination of years of work and will allow us to unite and represent all custom residential architects within the AIA. Further, it opens the door for more custom residential architects to join the AIA. Given the number of non-AIA residential architects, the potential for inclusion is monumental! In fact, during a meeting of all KCs in New Orleans, our growth was heralded as a role model for other KCs to build upon.

Contributions and Events:

CRAN was responsible for five courses about residential architecture at this year's convention in New Orleans. CRAN also contributed to several courses developed by the AIA Small Project Practitioners KC. Our steering committee has organized several national events for residential practitioners over the last four years, including symposiums in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Austin. In addition, we have participated in Hanley Wood's annual Reinvention conference. We are currently working on plans for our next annual symposium, which will take place October 13 through 16 in Indianapolis. This event will include a roundtable discussion on the diverse forms of residential practice, featuring incoming AIA 2012 President Jeff Potter, FAIA. Planning has already begun on the 2012 CRAN Symposium in Newport, Rhode Island.

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