The Cincinnati CRANawards is a juried awards program held annually by AIA Cincinnati’s Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) to celebrate and recognize outstanding projects by residential architects working in Cincinnati. Now in its 12th year, the AIA Cincinnati CRANawards is the only residential architecture award program organized by a local AIA chapter.


See previous award winners in the CRANawards gallery.


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Registration opens: February 1, 2021


Submissions due: March 31, 2021


CRANawards Event Tickets on Sale: May 1, 2021


CRANawards Event: July 15, 2021







Warren Knight Lloyd, AIA

Warren Knight Lloyd, AIA, is an architect and community builder whose practice in Utah, the Pacific Northwest and Japan has explored the intersection of sustainable development, historic preservation, and innovation in architectural design. His firm Lloyd Architects has completed a significant portfolio of recognized work ranging from sustainably designed houses, adaptively reused structures, and walkable urban housing projects. 


The son of an architect who grew up watching stories take shape in buildings across the Intermountain West, Warren studied architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle and as a Monbusho scholar at Kobe National University in Japan, exploring spatial patterns in traditional Japanese architecture.  These early experiences informed his approach to design and guided a site-specific response to each landscape and the human conditions that shape it.


Following some formative work experiences at NBBJ, the Miller Hull Partnership, and with Thomas L. Bosworth FAIA in Seattle, and in Japan with the Design-Build company Shelter Co, Warren returned home to Utah in 2000 to establish Lloyd Architects where he has mentored and led a bright and diverse staff of young architects and designers with socially responsible, environmentally sensitive, research-based design. 


In addition to leading Lloyd Architects, Warren has been a design critic and adjunct faculty instructor at the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning, a founding member and director of the Utah Center for Architecture, and since 2014 has been a national leader and change maker in the AIA Custom Residential Architects Network CRAN, currently serving on the Executive Committee of this AIA knowledge community.


Alongside his wife and firm partner Jennifer Nelson Lloyd, they have raised three children and welcomed into their home a number of refugee foster children in partnership with Catholic Community Services. They remain engaged in equity and social justice efforts in their  community  and are involved in hosting diplomatic visitors to Utah through Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy.







  • Projects must meet one of the award category requirements.*
  • Projects must be completed after January 1, 2011.
  • Projects must be completed by a registered architect.
  • The submitting firm must have an office in Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Hamilton, Highland or Warren counties in Ohio.
  • Projects may not be previous Cincinnati CORAward or CRANaward winners, but may be previous non-winning submissions.
  • If the submitting architect is not the sole author of the submitted work, all substantial participants must be given credit.


*See the Student and 25 Year Award category description for specific eligibility requirements.







  • Entry Fee: $125 AIA members, $225 non-members (fee includes one complimentary ticket to the CRANawards banquet)
  • Project Images – 15 max
  • Project Description – 300 word max
  • Project Credits / Information – Judging will be anonymous

Powerpoint and Word templates will be provided.






New Custom Home

Single-family residence. No size limitations.


Architectural Addition

Addition or exterior alteration to an existing residential building.


Multi-unit Housing

Buildings with more than one residence, including townhomes, apartments, condominiums, and mixed-use buildings. Hotel buildings and other short-term stay commercial buildings do not qualify.



Space for the preparation and enjoyment of meals.


Architectural Interior

Interior space of a residential structure.



Any student project with a residential component.


  • Students must be currently enrolled in an architectural program at the University of Cincinnati or Miami University.
  • Students must list their professors and team members if group work.
  • No entry fee required.
  • Student work will be submitted and judged in the same manner as professional work.
  • Student award finalists will receive 2 free tickets to the awards banquet.


25 Year Award

A residential project of enduring quality that has stood the test of time.


  • Residential building completed prior to 1997.
  • Submitting firm must have in office in Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Hamilton, Highland or Warren counties in Ohio.
  • The building must be standing in substantially completed form and good condition.






Award Winners

One award will be given per category. The three finalists and winner will be revealed at the ceremony.


Winners receive a custom trophy with their project information. One complementary trophy is given to each winner. If additional trophies are requested, the architect should contact the CRANawards chair.






Date: July 15, 2021

Time: 5pm-9pm

Cost: $75 per person


Join us to celebrate the best in residential architecture at the 2021 CRANawards! This year, we’ll be at Pinecroft, the historic Tudor-style mansion of Powel Crosley, Jr. on 18 acres in Mt. Airy.





If you have any questions regarding submissions, judging or the event, please contact the CRANawards Chair Rick Meyer.


Please send any questions regarding sponsorship or event participation to AIA Cincinnati’s Executive Director Julie Carpenter.





CRANawards Platinum Sponsor




CRANawards Platinum Cocktail Sponsor


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CRANawards Gold Bar Sponsor




CRANawards Gold Sponsors




CRANawards Silver Sponsors



CRANawards Bronze Sponsors






CRANawards Committee

Chair: Rick Meyer, AIA, Meyer Brothers & Sons

Andy Corn, AIA, RWA Architects

Brad Ewing, AIA, ESM Architects

Adam Stehura, AIA, drawing department

Kenneth Workman, AIA, Architectural DesignWorks Studio LLC