A Letter From the Incoming 

It is my great pleasure to be the 2021 AIA CRAN chairperson.

This is, again, a year of challenge, but unlike last year, one of hope as well. I follow Lindsay Cullum-Colwell, AIA, who so admirably led us through the rapidly changing and difficult landscape of 2020. My thanks go out to Lindsay, to all of the CRAN Advisory Group folks, as well as to Susan Parrish, our AIA director, and all the AIA support staff who stepped up to see CRAN negotiate its way through the year. Together, we send our heartfelt thoughts to all those who have suffered from illness and or death due to COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. A huge “thank you” is owed to all the medical people and frontline workers across the country, who have fought and worked endlessly to bring comfort to all who have suffered.

I chose to become involved with CRAN after attending the 2015 Minneapolis/St. Paul CRAN Symposium. The spirit, enthusiasm, and fellowship I have experienced with the architects involved is truly astonishing. Their shared passion for creating high-end and beautiful residential architecture inspires me. I am so pleased that not only have I become associated with so many talented and dedicated professionals over the past six years, but that I can also count them among my friends.

The principal challenge of 2020 extends into 2021: We will not be having our “in-person” symposium this year either. In response, we are already well underway with plans for more online education credit sessions, similar to those we offered in the last few months of 2020. These sessions will continue to be provided through AIAU, and our goal is to create the highest quality, live educational experience we can—one that’s on par with our symposium offerings in past years. Without the backing and faith shown by our many sponsors, we could not do this. We thank them for their ongoing financial support for these sessions.

The challenges of 2020 have likely forever changed how we all conduct business. It has certainly challenged how we at CRAN seek to fulfill our mission. While its effects linger into our new year, we at CRAN are working to assemble a series of wonderful educational sessions for 2021, as well as planning for our eventual coming together in September of 2022 in Chicago. Stay tuned.

Finally, many, many thanks to Ms. S. Claire Conroy and RD magazine for their continuous support of AIA CRAN and the opportunity to reach out to all of you. It means a lot to us!

Tom W. Meiklejohn III, AIA

AIA CRAN Online Learning Schedule for 2021

The theme of this year’s live online sessions is The Iconic House. Speakers will be updated on the AIA CRAN website at aia.org and on this site, as the information becomes available.

Wednesday, March 17, 1-2 p.m. ET

“The Iconic House in Contemporary Design I”  

Speakers: Stuart Cohen, FAIA, moderator;
with presentations by Jean Rehkamp, AIA,
Thomas Ryan, AIA, Chris Baker, AIA, and
Peter Moore, AIA.

Wednesday, April 21, 1-2 p.m. ET

“Iconic Houses: Lessons Learned on
Detailing for Durability”

Presented by Matthew B. Bronski,
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger.

Wednesday, May 19, 1-2 p.m. ET

“The Iconic Room in Contemporary Design”  

Presenters to be determined.

Wednesday, September 15, 1-2 p.m. ET

“Restoring an Iconic House:
The Farnsworth House”

Presentation by Ashley Wilson, FAIA, ASID,
Graham Gund Architect at the National Trust
for Historic Preservation.

Wednesday October 20, 1-2 p.m. ET

“The Iconic House in Contemporary Design II”  

Speakers: Stuart Cohen, FAIA, moderator;
presenters to be determined.

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