Local Custom Residential Architects Network
What is the Custom Residential Architects Network?
CRAN Chicago provides a vibrant meeting place for practitioners within the Custom Residential Architectural community to share knowledge, experiences, resources, and events.
CRAN Chicago supports all architects who focus on custom residential work. We address the unique issues related to custom residential practice and provide a forum for an exchange of ideas and resources that affect the residential practitioner.
CRAN Chicago pursues new avenues to advocate for the residential practitioner through an increased public presence and by working closely with the AIA and other Knowledge Communities.
CRAN Chicago hosts programs to encourage vital ongoing discussions and continuing educational opportunities for all aspects of residential architecture.
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Celeste Robbins is the Founder and Principal of Robbins Architecture, an award-winning residential firm in Chicago’s North Shore. A graduate of Cornell University, Celeste started her practice over 20 years ago. Her work has become known for its modern livability, warmth and timeless beauty. While Robbins Architecture has grown to include a talented team with commissions across the United States, Celeste remains personally involved with each project—a hallmark of her passion for design and dedication to her clients.
Eric Rothfeder, AIA, LEED, received a B.A. with Distinction from Yale University and an M.Arch from Princeton University. He has taught architecture at several universities, most recently as a full-time Visiting Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His research and design projects have been exhibited at the BSA Space in Boston, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and the Fondazione Sandretto in Italy; and published in Domus, Bidoun, La Vanguardia (Barcelona), Competitions Magazine and the Architect's Newspaper. His design studio, ERA, is based in Chicago.
Greg is a principal of Searl Lamaster Howe, a firm distinguished by a portfolio ranging from residential renovations to urban planning. While based in Chicago, Greg and his colleague Pam Lamaster work nationwide and have received international recognition. This is all balanced by a hands-on, client-centered design process. In addition to his current post as Co-Chair of Chicago’s CRAN chapter, Greg has served as a guest lecturer, design critic, and competition jurist at several schools and cultural institutions.
Stuart Cohen is a practicing architect, an author, professor of architecture emeritus at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a fellow of the AIA. He is the author of three books on the history of Chicago architecture, most recently a book on the houses of Howard Van Doren Shaw. Cohen & Hacker Architects LLC specializes in work on both historic houses and new construction. A monograph on their work, Transforming the Traditional, was published in 2009.
Julie Hacker is a partner in the firm Cohen & Hacker Architects LLC and a Fellow of the AIA. Her award winning firm’s residential work has been published nationally and internationally. Her work is the subject of a book Transforming the Traditional and she and her partner received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 from the Chicago Merchandise Mart. She has lectured widely and currently is a City of Evanston Preservation Commissioner and CoChair of the Custom Residential Architect’s Network of Chicago AIA.