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      AIA’s Custom Residential Architects Network Elevated to Independent AIA Knowledge Community

      Contact: Scott Frank

      For immediate release:
      Washington, D.C. – August 15, 2011 –
      The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), formally a subgroup of the Housing Knowledge Community, has been elevated to the status of an independent AIA Knowledge Community. This elevation will allow CRAN to unite and represent all custom residential architects within the AIA while encouraging more custom residential architects to join the AIA. The elevation was brought about by member concern that the AIA Residential Knowledge Community, which includes institutional and multi-family projects, was not best positioned to provide resources for custom residential architects.

      CRAN’s primary focus is to make the AIA relevant to custom residential architects by providing information, advocacy, and education for residential architects. CRAN will also provide education for the public in matters of custom residential design.

      “In our commitment to enable members to flourish, we have accommodated a structure for the voice of custom residential architects and smaller residential firms.” said AIA President Clark Manus, FAIA. “This new configuration provides increased opportunities for custom residential practitioners to share information, network and advocate for the value of design.”

      CRAN was responsible for five courses on residential architecture at this year’s AIA convention in New Orleans as well as having organized several national events for residential practitioners over the last four years. CRAN’s next annual national symposium "Elevating the Art of Residential Design and Practice" in Indianapolis will be held from October 14-16. Learn more about the CRAN Symposium.

      “CRAN’s recognition as an AIA Knowledge Community is not only a reflection of the importance of residential architects to the AIA and the profession, but it also provides a voice for the residential architect,” said Mark Demerly, AIA, CRAN Chairperson. “CRAN is a great platform to promote, advocate and educate for the residential architect as well as to show the public and the profession how much residential architects contribute.”

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