A Letter from the AIA CRAN Chair

It is with great pleasure that I begin 2024 as the Chair of CRAN National; it is a real honor for me. 

As an AIA national cornerstone partner, AGS Stainless is committed to supporting the members of the AIA as they grow their practices. As the director of sales and marketing for AGS for the past 11 years, it has been my privilege to work with many AIA components by sponsoring their trade shows, advertising in their regional magazines, participating in local events, and providing continuing education to their members. These continue to be truly rewarding partnerships for us.

When I first learned of AIA CRAN, I knew I needed to get involved in this amazing Knowledge Community. Why? Because, to a large extent, my company owes much of its success to residential architects. Eight times out of 10, it’s the architect who truly understands the value a well-designed and engineered product brings to a custom home. 

I saw joining my local CRAN chapter in Seattle as a great way for me to give back to the residential architects to whom AGS is so indebted. I also see it as an opportunity to help remove the artificial divide between the specifiers of architectural products and the suppliers of those products. 

I am the first product supplier to join CRAN national leadership, and I take my role as an advocate and ally of the architectural profession very seriously. We are all working toward the common goal of creating the best possible buildings for our clients—we are in this together. And together we bring value to AIA’s Knowledge Communities. 

In 2024, there are a few areas in which I would like to see CRAN National continue to make progress. 

Engage with young architects to encourage them to consider residential architecture as a career and help them get on the path to licensure.

Help them graduate and then get hired by a residential architectural firm.

Continue to share the successes of our individual chapters with all the other chapters. There is no need to reinvent the wheel at every chapter by developing home tour events, residential design award programs, etc. Let’s continue to lighten the load on our volunteers by continuing to share best practices.

Continue to advocate for the inclusion of building science in residential design.

The CRAN Symposium should be further developed to continue to be recognized as the most important educational and networking event for residential architects in the U.S.

For me, supporting CRAN both locally and nationally is a labor of love. Speaking on behalf of both the CRAN executive committee and the advisory group, if you are a residential architect, a custom builder, or an architectural product supplier who is not yet a member of CRAN, I encourage you to get involved by joining your local CRAN chapter. Together, we can continue to make a difference!

Questions? Suggestions? Call or write to me at the contact points below.

Sincerely,

Kevin

Kevin Harris, Assoc. AIA

Director, Sales & Marketing, AGS Stainless, Inc.
Chair, Executive Committee, AIA National Custom Residential (CRAN) Architects Network