Valuable User Group Opportunity

Whether you are local to the Charleston area or planning to attend the CRAN Symposium, you’ll want to mark your calendars for the day before it all starts. That’s because on September 17th a scheduled User Group meeting will give ArchiCAD users a chance to participate in an interactive BIM discussion. Led by Veleda Miller, GRAPHISOFT BIM Consultant and Yanni Alexakis, GRAPHISOFT Product Manager, the team will present the new features in ArchiCAD 18! Special attention will be paid to exploring Cinema 4D rendering, Revision Management, Composite and Profile enhancements. Register for the user group here.

Designing good architectural neighbors in the 21st century…

The 7th Annual CRAN Symposium is scheduled to take place September 18-20, 2014 at the Mills House Wyndham Hotel and Hibernian Hall on Meeting Street in historic in Charleston, South Carolina. GRAPHISOFT is proud to be a Diamond Lanyard sponsor of this influential event.

Attendees can earn up to 22.5 AIA LUs and HSW units throughout the three day event which is focusing on a unique theme: ‘The Architecture of Influence’. Sessions and presentations will explore the importance of history and context in the design of new houses. Special attention will be paid to how architects can design homes that contribute to established physical and cultural settings by including careful consideration of historical architectural styles – both traditional and Modernist in their plans.

In keeping with CRAN’s commitment to promoting high-quality residential architecture regardless of style, the event is open to AIA and non-AIA members alike. It is a wonderful opportunity to network with leaders in the architecture field who will collaborate and share ways to elevate the art of residential design. When all is said and done, the experience will provide tools to position yourself at the cutting edge of architecture practice.

Esteemed Keynote Speakers, Session Leaders and Roundtable Discussions

CRAN SpeakersThis year the CRAN Symposium is proud to present Keynote speakers Andres Duany FAIA, founding partner of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. and Robert A.M. Stern FAIA, founder and senior partner of RAMSA.

Duany will present the talk ‘We Hate Codes, But…’. Andres and his wife, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, founded their practice in 1980, at the time of their design of the town of Seaside, Florida. Since then, their planning practice has over 200 plans in the process of implementation, and has a particular expertise in writing codes. Andres will discuss the role of codes and their use in mitigating mediocrity in architecture.

Stern is scheduled to present a history of the planned garden suburb in conjunction with the recent publication of Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City. The book, which he co-authored along with David Fishman and Jacob Tilove, is the definitive history of the garden suburb from its origins in late-eighteenth-century England to the onset of the Second World War, and suggests how the principles of traditional town planning can inform efforts to remedy fraying urban fabric and suburban sprawl in our own time.

In addition to the keynotes, other speakers will include Witold Rybczynski Hon. FAIA, Ellen Dunham-Jones AIA, Robert Adam RIBA, Calder Loth, Alexander Gorlin FAIA, and Sandy Isenstadt.

The symposium will feature three Architect Roundtable Discussions, including panelists Gary Brewer, AIA and David Salmela,  FAIA; Gil Schafer III, AIA, Marieanne Khoury-Vogt, AIA, and Marc Appleton, AIA; and  Julie Snow FAIA, Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA, and Robert Gurney, FAIA.

See it all in place

House Tours of local homes will be offered on two separate mornings. Friday morning will feature homes in downtown Charleston. Saturday morning will feature homes of Kiawah Island, including the historic Vanderhorst Plantation.

The CRAN Knowledge Community of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a resource and voice for architects who focus on a collaborative design process with the homeowner. CRAN provides support, advocacy, and education to the profession and the public in matters of custom residential design.

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