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CRAN Symposium Opening Reception

AIA Redwood Empire and our CRAN guests were hosted by No. 8 Lighting at Zephyr Ranch for a beautiful wine country evening. The weather was perfect for a stroll down a country lane and then to be greated by the beautiful views of vineyards and olive groves in the rolling hills of Western Sonoma County.  Attendees …


AIA Redwood Empire Wine and Architecture Tour – Westside Road

What a fun day tasting wine and showing our CRAN guests some wonderful wineries.  The rich history and broad variety of architectural styles made for an interesting and memorable tour.  There were architects from D.C., Virginia, South Carolina, Arkansas, Honolulu just to name a few.  There are many photos from the day which can be …


AIARE Design Showcase 2015

The Chapter and CRAN committee put on another successful Design Showcase, highlighting the latest high-end products for residential and hospitality projects.  This year’s Showcase was a two day affair on April 1 and 2 at the Friedman Center in Santa Rosa.  Photos from day one are online and can be viewed here. Photos by Jordan, …


Architectural Design Can Drive Real Estate Values

Guest Post By: Julia Donoho, AIA, Esq. – Architectural Advocate Julia Morgan, renowned architect of the Hearst Castle, designed “Bow Bay House” in 1939 for Else Schilling, the daughter of August Schilling, the spice magnate. The house has only been cared for by two owners until this year, when it sold for $14M on March …


House Tour of Christopher Alexander Designed Home

This magnificent artisan estate was designed by renowned architect Christopher Alexander whose talent created a masterpiece of profound beauty in Sebastopol.  The home uses passive solar design and its thick walls are built of shot-crete. The house is designed to last for several hundred years.  Recycled and sustainable materials were used as much as possible ...

Custom Residential Architectural Home Tour

Presentation by Linda Kiisk, AIA - How Architects Learn AIARE CRAN and AIA Allied Member Portalais, Inc. sponsored a tour of a private custom residence in the hills overlooking Santa Rosa.  Portalais sourced the windows and many of the doors used in this incredible home.  In addition, the homeowners found many unique pieces while they ...