The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) now enjoys the status of an independent AIA Knowledge Community. This new status affords the network more autonomy in serving, representing, and reaching residential architects. Created four years ago to make the AIA more useful to architects who primarily work with custom, single-family clients, CRAN gives these typically smaller firms or individual practitioners a voice and a venue for sharing information. The group organizes regional and city chapters, presents educational events, hosts an online forum, and works with other organizations such as the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and the NAHB to support and advocate for residential architects.

The self-proclaimed “style-blind” network invites any practitioner of residential architecture regardless of whether you focus on remodels, interiors, kitchens and baths, or ground-up construction. CRAN organized five courses specifically for residential architects in May at the national AIA convention in New Orleans. The group also is presenting its fourth national symposium, Elevating the Art of Residential Design and Practice, Oct. 14-16 in Indianapolis. “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,” says Mark Demerly, AIA, CRAN chairman. “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.”