Finally, a home for residential architects

by WOHe

If you ever wondered why there wasn’t an association specifically for architects who design custom residential projects, you might be a future member of CRAN.

If you ever wanted to network with leaders of noncompeting custom residential design firms, you might be a future member of CRAN.

If you have been frustrated by your national association’s lack of focus on your needs as a custom residential architect, you might be a future member of CRAN.

CRAN is the Custom Residential Architects Network. It was founded a few years ago by members of the American Institute of Architects who were frustrated at the lack of attention given by AIA to the needs of residential architects. CRAN’s membership now numbers in the hundreds, and continues to grow.

For those of you interested in face-to-face interaction with other custom residential architects, CRAN is planning its first live event in Austin, Texas, to take place Oct. 22-24. For more information on this event, visit the web sites listed in the next two paragraphs, or send an e-mail to the CRAN chairman, Luis Jauregui.

If you’re interested in Internet-based social networking with other CRAN members, go to their group site and join in the discussions.

CRAN also has a microsite on the AIA web site where you can find more information about who they are and how to join.

Are you a member of CRAN? If so, do you like it? If not, would you consider joining? Let me know.Let me know. Or, scroll up to the first paragraph of this blog entry, look to the right and click where you see, “Leave a comment†or “Post or view comments.â€

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