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CRAN Newsletter – David Andreozzi, AIA/CRAN Chair 2014

2013- 2014 – Goodbye, Thank You, & Welcome!

Hello! I want to kick off the first newsletter of 2014 by thanking the entire CRAN Advisory Group for making 2013 our biggest and brightest year ever! CRAN continues to make massive changes in the way AIA Residential Architects are connected to AIA National by providing specific residentially-oriented support, education, and advocacy for our membership. From our recent annual symposium in Santa Fe (almost 200 architects strong), to the planning for our next Symposium in Charleston (featuring key note speakers Robert A.M. Stern and Andrés Duany), to this quarterly CRAN newsletter, to CRANtv, to an upcoming CRAN book series Houses for All Regions, to a new Peer Group subcommittee, to our involvement with Residential AIA Contracts, and to new growing alliances with the ICAA and Houzz… we at AIA CRAN are moving, shaking, and growing at a dizzying pace. To think we built CRAN only six years ago makes one wonder how we will choose to grow over the next decade.

As the incoming chairperson, I will be replacing past chair John Isch, from Cincinnati, Ohio, one of the forefathers of CRAN. While we will lose John in the chairmanship role, he will remain on the CRAN Executive Committee as Past Chair. This year John will also head the Education Committee, continuing to spearhead future symposiums, convention courses, and seminars. We are all in debt to John’s leadership. Mark Demerly, our 2012 Chairman from Indianapolis, Indiana, will be leaving our Advisory Group, but has graciously volunteered to chair the AIA/CRAN House for All Regions book series subcommittee. We thank Mark again for his past leadership and continued involvement with CRAN. Our final goodbyes are to Stuart Narofsky and Frank Bain. Stuart is focusing his energies on relocating his New York City office, Narofsky Architecture, to the countryside of New York. Meanwhile, Frank started his own residential architecture firm, Anthemion Architecture, Greenville, South Carolina, in 2012. We thank Stuart and Frank for their contributions to CRAN.

These three vacancies required three new appointees to the CRAN Advisory Group. The first is Jon Dick who recently spoke at our 2013 symposium in Santa Fe. Jon has been practicing architecture for over 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho and a Masters from Cornell University. He worked for a number of years in New York City and San Francisco before settling in Santa Fe. Jon’s design honors include numerous custom homes; an International Trade Center in Osaka, Japan; a national award for an adobe chapel in Nevada; and the winning entry in a regional competition for the Native American Preparatory School. Since establishing Archaeo Architects in 1996 the firm has received over 20 design awards from the AIA. Jon is a licensed architect in New Mexico, Nevada, Texas and New York, and is president-elect of the Santa Fe local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Although the work Archaeo produces varies across the spectrum of building types, the main thrust of the office and Jon’s key interest and passion is very much focused on custom residential projects.

Our second appointee is Steven J. Suski from Chicago Illinois. Steven founded Suski Design in 2003 to focus on quality, smaller-scale houses, residential interiors, building renovations, and commercial work. Suski Design’s work ranges from sleek and contemporary modern design to authentically-crafted traditional renovations and additions. Steve was a founding member of AIA Chicago’s Small Projects Group and has been active in its work over the past few years, helping promote to the public the often overlooked but highly satisfying and necessary work done by smaller firms and sole practitioners. Steve received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and was selected to participate in the European Honors program in Rome. After that life-changing opportunity, he enjoys as much international travel each year as possible, recently visiting Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Chile, Argentina, Southern Italy, and Sicily.

Our final appointee is John Black, a co-owner of Lapis Design Partners from Honolulu. Lapis Design Partners is a boutique design firm that works exclusively on residential architecture and interior design projects. John likes to say that a window with a view inspired him to become an architect! To be more specific, it was his childhood bedroom window that framed the New York City skyline. From his hilltop second floor vantage point he was mesmerized by the pattern, scale, and texture of those amazing buildings. John pursued his childhood ambition by attending New Jersey Institute of Technology and graduating from the University of Arizona. He began his professional career in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After working for noted design firms, he started his own firm, Lapis Architecture. Eventually he decided to relocate to Hawaii, where Lapis Design Partners was formed. John is licensed in Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Montana. He is currently serving on the board of directors of AIA Honolulu.

Again, we warmly welcome all three of our new appointees to our Advisory Group!

Personally, I have two major goals for this coming year. My first goal is to build up the individual committees and subcommittees within CRAN with additional volunteers. The foundation is built, onward! My second goal is to create a dynamic and logical connection between our Advisory Group and our CRAN local chapters. Thanks to the hard work of John Stewart and Mary Cerrone, co-chairs of CRAN’s Membership Committee, we have identified the CRAN chapters throughout the country. In the coming year we hope to strengthen and develop the relationships between CRAN national and the CRAN leadership at the local level. At the national level, we are looking for volunteers for our many committees and subcommittees: our newly formed Emerging Professional Committee, Advocacy Committee, Practice Committee, Membership Committee, Sponsorship Committee, Communications Committee, and Education Committee. Please email Mary or John if you have any interest in participating with us for an application. Again, please join us to create real change, to continue to make the AIA relevant to residential architects in a way it hasn’t been in decades past…

David Andreozzi

New appointees to the CRAN Advisory Group:

Jon Dick Photo credit © Shelly Gore

Steve Suski Photo credit© Steve Suski

John Black Photo credit© John Black


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