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President's Message

Welcome to CRAN and our inaugural quarterly the 'Chronicle'! Our Communications Committee has been hard at work assembling the first in what we hope becomes an effective means of communicating issues related to what the CRAN Knowledge Community Advisory Group is doing, what those of you who are AIA members are doing and to serve as a platform for sharing thoughts and ideas from a broader audience.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with CRAN allow me to provide a short introduction. We are you! Our AG consists of 15 practitioners, many having little to no previous participation in the AIA, or special training for Committee or administrative duties, who have volunteered their time to try and make something of value for residential architects while working through the AIA. What brought us together was a passion in that effort. Our objectives are to - support, advocate and educate - those engaged in the profession of single family residential architecture. I have been honored to be involved with a group of such committed people and have learned much from working together with them. We invite you to join us.

I will enumerate some of the initiatives we have planned for this year. Unfortunately, due to constraints of space in this publication, I can’t share much about our history and efforts from the past, like our 5 annual Symposiums, 4 annual Convention Sessions and participation at Reinventions conferences, but I will move on to this year's activities.

Here is a partial list of what we have planned for this year:

    • AIA Convention Denver June 20-22: CRAN sponsors 2 Pre-Convention Workshops, 4 General Sessions, 1 CRAN Forum and a joint reception with SPP and Housing KC's.

    • CRAN Symposium, Elevating the Art of Residential Design & Practice, location Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 22-25.

    • Support and provide content for CRAN homepage and KnowledgeNet.

    • Publish 4 quarterly newsletters.

    • Pursue acquisition of Sponsors for our events and programs.

    • Plan a Peer to Peer network, modeled after the Builders 20 Program, intended to bring together Architects from outside their markets to share best practices with each other in an extended and detailed manner.

    • Develop AIA Docs to evolve a "Residential" AIA Owner/Architect Agreement to better address residential projects. AIA Docs changes occur on a 5 year cycle, we are in year 3.

    • Develop a CRAN Yearbook to highlight residential work from around the country inclusive of the wide range of projects that represent the breadth of styles and types that we encounter in the real world.

    • Develop an 'Architect’s plaque' program for residential projects.

    • Develop our Advocacy efforts by building relationships with Houzz and other Allied organizations, CEDIA, HAHB, NARI, ASID, etc.

    • Assist local AIA Components in building new CRAN Committees.

We encourage you to start a local CRAN Committee. Thank you and we look forward to having a productive year.

John J. Isch AIA, 2013 AIA-CRAN President
RWA Architects, Inc.
2771 Observatory Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45208


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