The Capital Area CRAN was born of the notion that the Washington area’s residential architects could be better served by a committee made up of the three local chapters - AIA Northern Virginia , AIA|DC , AIA Potomac Valley.

The Capital Area CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network) was launched at the beginning of 2013 by a steering committee made up of residential architect-members from all three AIA chapters, and plans were made to create bi-monthly programs that would serve the interests and needs of all of the area’s custom residential architects.  By bringing CRAN to our local residential architects, our goal is to address unique issues related to custom residential practice while also serving a body of architects who have lacked the common resources often available to larger firms. As a forum, CRAN provides for the exchange of ideas, concerns, successes and failures, and resources that affect residential practice.


The purpose of the tri-chapter Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) is to serve the unique needs of DC-area architects who specialize in custom residential design by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and resources that affect residential design practice.

In fulfillment of the mission of AIA CRAN, future programs will embrace the following goals:

  • To provide continuing education programs relevant to residential designers
  • To engage in public outreach and education
  • To engage in academic and professional advocacy
Meetings & Events

The committee meets bi-monthly. Lunchtime and evening events are held bi-monthly rotating thru the three chapters. A holiday party is held at the end of the year to celebrate the successes of the group and typically held at a showroom that is aligned with the CRAN mission.

All interested area architects whose practices include a focus on custom residential design are welcome to join the Capital Area CRAN committee and attend programs. 


Committee Website

AIA Northern Virginia

AIA Potomac Valley

Custom Residential Architects Network