Residential Design

Vol. 2, 2017

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Have you ever wondered what your clients really think of you? Are there things that they didn't understand about the process of designing a custom home or remodeling project? Are there things you, as their architect, could have done better, or differently, that would have helped them actually enjoy the process? What are they telling their friends and family members about working with you? Most important, how could you use this feedback to improve your processes, services, and your practice? The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) has invited the most popular speaker from our 2016 sympo- sium for a return engagement this fall to provide us with some insight into these questions and more. Organizational engineer Nicole Lemieux (pictured at right) of PeopleGro in Northville, Mich. will be interviewing some of our clients and using that information to teach us better ways of working with them at this fall's symposium. This will help us give our clients a better experience during the design process, and therefore will give us a better experience with our clients, leading to more referrals and prosperity. CRAN Symposium Update The AIA Custom Residential Architects Network Symposium will take place from September 16 to 19 at the Intercon- tinental Hotel in Miami, Fla. In addition to Lemieux, other speakers include Michael G. Imber, AIA, who will discuss his beautiful drawings and their role in creating residential classicist architecture; Mark LaLiberte of Construction Instruction Inc., who will speak about resiliency in residential construction and lead a panel to discuss the influence of rising water levels on design and technology used in designing homes in coastal regions. AIA National Convention This April in Orlando, several members of the CRAN Advisory Group will be present at the welcome party at the AIA Conference on Architecture on April 26, so please stop by and say hello. We will also host our annual CRAN Forum on Thursday, April 27, from 2:30 – 4:00 pm during the conference. The format will be a panel discussion about residential architects and homebuilders collaborat- ing, moderated by Residential Design magazine's editor-in-chief, S. Claire Conroy. The session is scheduled for room W109A, but please check the final schedule to confirm. CRAN Kudos CRAN is proud to announce that Luis Jauregui, past chair and current member of our national Advisory Group, has been elected to The College of Fellows of the AIA, a prestigious lifetime recogni- tion for his valuable contributions to the architectural profession. Of the 80,000- plus members of the AIA, only 3 percent have been honored with the FAIA desig- nation. In addition to Luis, we have two other members of the College of Fellows on our Advisory Group: Kevin Harris, FAIA, and Stuart Narofsky, FAIA. —Dawn Zuber, Chair, AIA CRAN AIA CRAN What's Coming Up With CRAN VOL. 2, 2017 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM 29

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