CRAN Symposium Registration Opens

The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) will hold its 5th annual symposium Sept. 6-9, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on the waterfront in downtown Newport, R.I. Registration is now open.

The three-day symposium is open to all AIA and non-AIA members and will bring together custom residential architects from across the country to learn, share and discuss relevant topics in the field of residential architecture. CRAN is committed to the promotion of all residential architecture based on architectural content irrespective of style. Participants can earn up to 18 AIA Continuing Education credits.

The keynote speaker, Allan Shope, AIA, graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1978 and was a founding partner of Shope Reno Wharton Associates. At Shope Reno Wharton, Allan designed world-renowned houses, academic buildings, museums and environmental education centers from 1981 to 2006. During Allan's time at SRW Associates, the world changed profoundly with the need for renewable energy and sustainable architecture becoming increasingly apparent. Allan left Shope Reno Wharton in 2006 to start a new architectural office dedicated to sustainable architecture.

Some highlights of the symposium are:

  • An exclusive luncheon and panel discussion with AIA vice president, Dennis A. Andrejko, FAIA, and S. Claire Conroy.
  • In addition to speakers Mark Hutker, AIA; Steven Winter, FAIA; Rob Heselbarth, editorial director of Residential Design + Build and Qualified Remodeler;¬†Michael G. Imber, FAIA; and Gary Brewer, AIA (a partner at Robert Stern's office), Joeb Moore, AIA; and Russell Versaci will be sharing their thoughts about the new paradigm of Contextual Sustainability.
  • A Friday house tour will start with an introduction by John Tschirch (Director of Museum Affairs of the Newport Preservation Society). Tour participants will then visit The Breakers, Marble House, The Isaac Bell House, Bellevue House (the private home and gardens of Mr. Ronald Lee Flemming).