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President’s Message
CRAN Chronicle | 2nd Edition 2013

I am writing this message just after the AIA Convention held in Denver where the CRAN KC hosted 2 pre-convention workshops, 4 sessions, the CRAN Forum, and joint Housing/SPP/CRAN reception at the Wynkoop Brewery. It was inspirational and informative to be a part of such a vibrant event lasting over four days. One of the most important and exciting parts of attending the convention is connecting with peers and colleagues. It is gratifying to meet new friends and particularly to renew those longtime friendships developed in the past. I am finding that one of the most important things for me, beyond the love of architecture, is to be able to meet with and share experiences with those newly made friends and longtime acquaintances. CRAN alone had seven of its own AG members present and our events and sessions were well attended with like minded individuals. There is the possibility of getting content related to residential architecture at convention if you look.

On a more business-related note for convention one of the hot topics that was partially revealed was the Repositioning Effort of the AIA. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the effort. To learn more you can go to On that web page you will find summaries of Repositioning activities from the convention and ways to provide feedback to your Repositioning Ambassador, the AIA Board, and AIA CEO Robert Ivy, regarding what you think is working or not working. Finally, you will find a document called the Foresight Report that articulates what is coming up for the year regarding Repositioning.

You have another opportunity in the near future to capture a similar experience as I did at convention. I encourage you to attend our upcoming CRAN Symposium in Santa Fe. Elevating the Art of Residential Design & Practice will take place from August 22 - 25, a mini convention if you will, focused on the practice of residential architecture. This is an opportunity not only to learn but to build those relationships I described experiencing in Denver in a more casual and intimate context. If you are interested in growing as a person and professional I think you will find those who attend to be open and friendly people that you can develop relationships with and benefit from. If you enjoy touring finely built homes, attending educational sessions, partying in the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, and commiserating with peers, I think you will find this event tailored for you. Hope to see you there!

John J. Isch AIA, 2013 AIA-CRAN President

RWA Architects, Inc.

2771 Observatory Avenue

Cincinnati, Ohio 45208


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