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2015 Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) Symposium

September 19, 2015 @ 8:00 am - September 23, 2015 @ 5:00 pm


What is the role of art in architecture?

We know that art is essential to producing high quality design, but what is its role in the wider practice of architecture? This year’s symposium will explore the larger role art plays in achieving not only high quality residential design, but high quality practice – from running a profitable business, to using technologies at every stage of the creative process, to making the most of social media in our marketing efforts.

Sunday: Home Tour

AIA Minneapolis “Homes by Architects” Tour  features 7 Twin Cities homes that range in size, style and site. Several capture views of the region’s many lakes or look out on the Mississippi River.


Monday: Design Day

Keynote speaker, Minnesota AIA gold medal winner Julie Snow, FAIA, will share her work and thoughtful pre-design process in Prior to Design.

Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA
, will present her carefully crafted, minimalist designs in Inflections and Innuendo.

John DeFazio
, architect and educator, will explore the meaning of House.

Dean Thomas Fisher
, of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, will present Custom Houses and the Collaborative Economy.

Dean Thomas Fisher will lead a discussion with T. A. Alt and Christine Albertsson, about the strengths and limitations of modern and traditional approaches to residential design, moderated by CRAN AG member Stuart Narofsky.


Tuesday: Technology, Thought, and Best Practice

Michael Anschel and Carl Seville, AKA “the Green Police”, present A Review of Green Building Products and Systems: Green Washers Beware!

Jared Banks
, CRAN AG member, will talk about maximizing the utility of our instruments of service in BIM for Residential Design and Practice.

Mark LePage
will challenge us to reverse our business model and think, Profit….Then Art.

The day concludes with our first CRAN film presentation: Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle, winner of the 1958 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

John DeFazio will then discuss this visual satire and critique of the modern city.  Popcorn provided!


Wednesday: Wrap Up

Peter Pfeiffer, FAIA, of Barley| Pfeiffer Architecture, Austin, Texas. Peter, a recognized expert on green architecture, will present a provocative talk challenging the established best practice for green residential design in As “Green” Matures into “High Performance Building.

Enoch Sears
, author of Social Media for Architects and host of the web podcast The Business of Architecture, will talk about how social media is leveling the marketing playing field for small architecture firms.



Early Late Early registration ends July 10, 2015
$400 AIA Member*
$450 $500 Non-Member*
$190 $190 CRAN Committee
$125 $125 Student*
$180 $180 Emerging Professional**
$85 $85 Minneapolis Home Tour***
*Limited quantity; student status must be verified via ID card sent to register@aia.org prior to processing.
**Limited quantity; with prior committee approval only.
***Guest rate. Minneapolis Home Tour is free to Symposium registrants.




September 19, 2015 @ 8:00 am
September 23, 2015 @ 5:00 pm


The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel
225 South 3rd Avenue
Minneapolis, 55401 United States
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[612] 375.1700
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