The Latest from the Leadership of the Custom Residential Architects Network (Monday, September 11, 2017):

Symposium Cancelled

The CRAN Symposium in Miami, Fla., has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. Our attendees’ safety and security remains our top priority as Florida recovers from the storm’s damage.

  • Your registration fees will be refunded to you by September 30, 2017.
  • Please check with your airline regarding cancelling your flight.
  • Please call the Intercontinental Miami hotel to cancel as soon as possible: 305-577-1000.

Make your plans now for the 2018 CRAN Symposium on October 6-9 in Cincinnati, OH.

Important Note Regarding Hurricane Irma: 

To registered participants,

The AIA staff and the CRAN Symposium Planning Committee are carefully monitoring the track of Hurricane Irma. At this time it is too early to know the final impact of the hurricane, its effect on the Symposium and planned events. However we are currently considering contingency plans and making preparations to properly advise you, as more specific information of the storms impact is known.

Please visit the CRAN website or CRAN on Facebook for updates. We are hoping that the Symposium will take place as scheduled and thank you for your patience in allowing us every opportunity to fully assess the situation. We will provide an update to everyone early next week as soon as we know more.

Stuart Narofsky, FAIA, and Dawn Zuber, AIA
CRAN Symposium Co-chairs

The 15 members of the Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) Advisory Group invite you to attend the CRAN Symposium 2017, September 16 through 19 in Miami. The 10th annual gathering of top custom residential architects follows the completely sold-out symposium in Sonoma, Calif., last fall. This year will prove just as exciting and informative, so make your reservation early. The venue is the gorgeous Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Miami.

Saturday’s program includes an affiliate reception for CRAN chapter leaders to get together and network with their peers. Local CRAN leaders will be able to learn what programs and tours have been successful in other chapters and hear what’s going on at the national level. If you have thoughts about starting a CRAN chapter, come and find out how it is done. Later, a cocktail reception will allow guests to meet other architects and vendors, followed by a fabulous dinner cruise. On Sunday, we’ll have the most popular event of the symposium: the home tour. One of the houses confirmed so far is a home designed by Alfred Browning Parker, FAIA, “Miami’s maverick modernist.” Buses will take attendees to several contemporary and period homes in the Miami area. A stop at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables for lunch and an informative talk by Allan Shulman, FAIA, are included.

On Monday, we delve into the practice of residential architecture. Steve Mouzon, AIA, will be our keynote speaker, followed by Randolph C. Henning, author of “The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker;” CRAN Advisory Group member Kevin Harris, FAIA; building science expert Mark LaLiberte; residential architect Marica McKeel, AIA; and small firm expert Rena Klein, FAIA.

On Tuesday, we’ll wrap up with a paneldiscussion about rising waters moderated by Shawna Meyer, AIA, senior associate at Kennedy & Violich Architecture and a founding collaborator of aPC Workshop, with panelists Alan Berger, urban design professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Martin Pedersen of the Common Edge Collaborative magazine; and Chris Meyer, AIA, of aPC Workshop. Next, there will be sessions led by architect Michael Imber, FAIA; business consultants Nicole Lemieux and Jeff Echols; and architect Max Strang, FAIA.

Monday and Tuesday evenings feature cocktail parties and our ever-popular networking dinners with sponsors and other architects. Significant others and friends are encouraged to register for the dinner cruise, the house tour, the cocktail parties, and the networking dinners.

Once again, I encourage you to register now to avoid missing the best CRAN symposium yet. Earn 18.5 learning units and have fun!!

John Lee Stewart, AIA

CRAN Chair 2017

Preliminary Schedule*

Keynote Speaker:

Courtesy Steve Mouzon, AIA

Steve Mouzon, AIA: “Incremental Art Deco Revival”

Steve Mouzon, AIA, is an architect, urbanist, and photographer from Miami, Fla. He is the author of The Original Green,  and founder of the New Urban Guild which helped foster the Katrina Cottages movement and hosts Project:Smart Dwelling. Mouzon Design produces a number of town-building tools and services. The house plans have been featured repeatedly as Home of the Month in Southern Living, Coastal Living, and Cottage Living magazines. Steve is Town Architect at several new hamlets, villages, and neighborhoods around the country, using a unique method that communicates principles, not just particulars. Steve is also a principal of the New Urban Guild in Miami. The New Urban Guild is a group of architects, designers, and other New Urbanists dedicated to the study and the design of true traditional buildings and places native to and inspired by the regions in which they are built.

Featured Speakers and Session Topics:

Allan Shulman: The Tropical Home in Miami

Randolph C. Henning: The Residential Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker, FAIA

Kevin Harris: The Forever Home

Mark LaLiberte: Resiliency in Residential Construction

Marica McKeen:  Moving Beyond a One-Person Firm

Rena Klein:  Your First Hire; When, Why, and Who 

Rising Waters Panel Discussion: Shawna Meyer, moderator; speakers Alan Berger, Martin Pedersen, Chris Meyer

Michael Imber:  Beautiful Drawings and Their Role in Creating Classic Architecture

Nicole Lemieux: What Do Clients Think About Working With Us?

Jeff Echols: How to Find Clients Through Social Media

Max Strang:  Firm Monograph

*Note: Details are subject to change.

For more the most-up-to-date details about the symposium as it develops, and for information on how to register for the symposium and arrange hotel reservations online or by phone, follow this link.