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AIA/CRAN Advisory Group Member Change Announcement

Effective organizations have succession plans for their members in order to breathe new energy into them. AIA/CRAN also has such plans, and the beginning of 2013 marked the first time that one of the Advisory Group’s terms came to an end. I would like to give special recognition to Drew Porth, AIA, of Red Lodge, Montana, formerly of the Twin Cities, whose term expired at the end of 2012. For me this is a rather personal event in that Drew and I, along with John Connell, started our journey with CRAN at its birth at the 2005 AIA National Convention in Las Vegas.

Drew has contributed greatly over those years so we would like to give special thanks to him and note some of his achievements through the years:

    • He chaired our Committee, then a Sub-Committee under the Housing KC

    • He contributed to acquiring sponsors, speakers, and venues for early CRAN Symposiums

    • He drafted the document that was finally submitted to the AIA to petition for CRAN to become its own KC (the first time this occurred in the AIA history!)

    • He is presently part of a group working to improve the AIA Contract Documents most used for small projects. His personal goal is a suite of AIA Contracts intended specifically for custom residential work.

In addition to the work Drew has performed, he is also a great guy and a friend of mine. I wish Drew the best on his future endeavors and hope to benefit from his input and inspiration from the sidelines.

We are, on the other hand, happy to announce the addition of new AG member, Gary Brewer, AIA, who will fill the open position left by Drew. Gary is a highly respected architect and partner at RAMSA Architects in New York City, where he is in charge of single-family residential projects, in addition to other project types, within the office. Gary has been a speaker in the past at the 2012 CRAN Symposium in Newport, RI, and at several Reinvention conferences. In addition, he has contributed articles to publications such as Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Life Magazine, This Old House, and The Classicist, lectured extensively, and is Fellow Emeritus and Board member of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. We look forward to the depth of experience and talent Gary will bring to the CRAN AG.

John J. Isch



Departure Message from Drew Porth, AIA

Words cannot adequately describe the tremendous rewards I have received from my years of involvement with CRAN. From great and lasting friendships, to professional growth and networking, to the satisfaction of helping CRAN evolve from an idea shared by a few people in an over-cooled Las Vegas conference room to a full fledged AIA Knowledge Community, it has been a wonderful ride.

It is important for a volunteer driven organization like CRAN to refresh its leadership, so after eight years, it is time for me to step away from the Advisory Group. I’ll remain involved with CRAN as long as I practice, for Custom Residential Architects now have a home within the AIA, and a platform from which to pursue the goals of support, advocacy, and education.

CRAN has convincingly demonstrated that committed AIA member volunteers can accomplish almost anything they set out to do. Along the way, we discovered that there were dedicated and capable AIA staff members eager to befriend and assist us; they are an underappreciated asset and CRAN would not be a KC today without their efforts on our behalf.

Please help CRAN continue its mission by becoming an active member at the local or national level. Start or join a local chapter; attend the annual CRAN symposium; submit projects for inclusion the CRAN Residential Collection; perform public outreach; or volunteer for a national subcommittee. I can assure you that the returns will outweigh the investment.

Drew Porth, AIA


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