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AIA/CRAN Residential Collection, Volume II | Houses for all Regions

A publication series of exemplary single family residential design

The AIA/CRAN together with The Images Publishing Group proudly announce the forthcoming publication Houses for All Regions: CRAN Residential Collection, Volume II and invite your firm to submit a project for inclusion in this high profile title.

Inclusion in the CRAN Residential Collection, Volume II is the highest honor that the AIA/CRAN can bestow on a single family custom designed residential project. It is conferred by the national AIA/CRAN Advisory Group in recognition of design solutions that respond to the individual circumstances of place and program. Underlying our selection of projects will be the principle of contextual sustainability, influenced by a style neutral code. The AIA/CRAN encourage an architectural order which recognizes the existence of stylistic categories, but which is equally responsive to the vernacular—particularly cultural and topographic influences, local crafts, and natural resources.

Projects will be grouped into climate zones: Arid/Semi-arid, Temperate, Tropical/Sub-tropical, Arctic/Cold-climate, with an introductory essay written by an expert in the field for each section.

Houses for All Regions: CRAN Residential Collection, Volume II will be distributed worldwide through The Images Publishing Group's established distribution network. We believe this is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your firm, and your recent projects on the world stage.

How to Submit Your Work



Submission Deadline

Open – submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

Guiding Principles for the Collection

The publication aims to celebrate the breadth of the highest quality single family residential work produced around the world without bias to stylistic categories and to serve as a form of advocacy for residential architects to the public.

In an effort to create a framework for evaluating submissions AIA/CRAN has developed the following principles and values to guide us in selecting projects. The hope is that we will represent professionalism and a diversity of types and styles in single family residential design.

An ideological principle of contextual sustainability is a style neutral code that underlies selection. AIA/CRAN encourages an architectural order that relearns and reapplies the historic code of the architectural genome. Therefore style is not the sole criteria for inclusion. Judging will evaluate projects using the principle of contextual sustainability. This principle recognizes the existence of stylistic categories but does not privilege one over the other. It also will consider a project’s responsiveness to cultural and topographic influences, the vernacular, natural resources, technique, craft, and regionalism in the selection process.

Judging will also consider professionalism in the execution of the craft, resulting in the skillful accommodation of function and the inspiration of the artful, i.e. the Ultimate Synthesis (commodity, firmness, and delight).

The collection’s main focus is to engage the general public with the value of design. Projects will be grouped into climate zones: Arid/Semi-arid, Temperate, Tropical/Sub-tropical, Arctic/Cold-climate. Each zone section of the book will have introductory text written for the public that explains the vibrancy of design in response to climate taking into account local vernacular with respect to local materials, local labor, and local cultural symbolism.

Submissions - Overview

This is a rolling submission with some projects being chosen for immediate publication, others being saved for future publication and a larger group that will be showcased in an online repository of exemplars. Each book will showcase between 35 – 40 projects.

Selection Committee

The selection committee will be made up of members of the AIA/CRAN Advisory Group and The Images Publishing Group to ensure true diversity of archetypes, and that the aspirations of quality and diversity of AIA/CRAN are represented in every publication.


1. Projects must be submitted by a registered Architect who is an AIA member in good standing.

2. The work must be produced within a firm operating under the ownership of a registered Architect who is also an AIA member. If the work is a commission undertaken by an individual as a single project, the architect must be an AIA member in good standing.

3. The work must be built work. No studies or theoretical work will be accepted.

4. Work can be new construction, additions, remodelings, preservation, conservation, restoration, or reconstruction.

5. Projects must have been substantially completed within 10 years prior to the date of submission.


1. All application and images shall be uploaded digitally. Information and instructions are provided at

2. 15 photographic images maximum, together with captions and photographer credits.

3. 6 drawings maximum such as details, sections, plans. Drawings are permissible and encouraged. (Note criteria number 6, this will be required if selected for the hardcopy publication.) A scale bar and directional markers must be included with all floor and site plans.

4. We request that all photographs and artwork are submitted free of copyright and that the architect grants the AIA and The Images Publishing Group the right to reproduce visual material in the book and all associated promotional materials.

5. Description of 750 – 1200 words. Include the following:

    a. General information, such as moniker of the house if one is given, City/County, State, and Country location. NOTE: Avoid including owner-specific information such as the clients’ full name, address, or other unique identifiers that could pinpoint the location of the house.

    b. Climatic region/zone (Arid/Semi-arid, Temperate, Tropical/Sub-tropical, Arctic/Cold-climate).

    c. Include square footage, other team members, date of completion, and notable facts such as unique building materials.

    d. Discuss the building design solution with respect to contextual sustainability, i.e. project’s responsiveness to climatic zone, cultural and topographic influences, the vernacular, natural resources, technique, craft, and regionalism.

6. Rights to use all images for future publication and advertising shall remain with AIA/CRAN. Credit for images must be clearly stated and to whom images should be attributed to within the publications.

7. Material for selected projects for publication must adhere to the Digital Material Submission Requirements of The Images Publishing Group (to be distributed to selected projects).


Registration is free for as many projects as you want to submit. Architects who have projects that are included in the book will be required to buy 50 books at a 40 percent discount off the RRP of $49.95 – a total of $1500. For an additional $400 those books will be supplied with personalized jackets, carrying images of the project(s) the architect has submitted.

Download Forms

download, complete offline, and send with image files:

AIA/CRAN Residential Collection, Volume II Project Submission Form (PDF)

AIA/CRAN Residential Collection, Volume II Project Declaration Forms (PDF)

Submitting Your Files

Upload AIA/CRAN Residential Collection, Volume II Project Submission Form (PDF), AIA/CRAN Residential Collection, Volume II Project Declaration Forms (PDF) and images to the Images Publishing Group's FTP site via most standard web browsers (except CHROME) using the following:


Username: HousesRegions2

Password: tipgftp

Zipped folder(s) can be helpful for the file transfer.


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