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 11th year, the AIA Cincinnati CRANawards is the only residential architecture award program organized by an local AIA chapter.

See previous award winners in the CRANawards gallery.


Registration for the 2020 CRANawards is now closed. The Jury will review the projects and announce finalists in March. Stay tuned!

But you can still participate. Please sign up below to attend the Banquet or sponsor the event.

Attend the CRANawards Banquet

Sponsor the CRANawards


Registration opens: January 6, 2020

Submissions due: February 29, 2020

Design Lecture: April 1, 2020, 4:30pm, DAAP Room 5401, University of Cincinnati

CRANawards Banquet: April 2, 2020, 5:00 – 9:00 PM, Corbett Tower, Music Hall


David Darling, AIA,IIDA, ASLA

David Darling is a founding partner of Aidlin Darling Design, formed with Joshua Aidlin in 1997, with a shared interest in exploring design across a wide range of scales, programs, and disciplines including institutional, commercial and residential architecture, as well as furniture, landscape, interior, and product design. Founded on a closely held conviction that design can engage all of the senses, his work has pursued an interest in the connection between design, food, art, culture and place. Mr. Darling has augmented this multi-disciplined pursuit through teaching, through his involvement with the James Beard Foundation, Slow Food USA, AIA, IIDA, ASLA, and through his studio’s trans-disciplinary design work.

Recent work has included projects as far away as Doha Qatar and Hong Kong. Completed projects include the restaurant Insitu at SFMOMA, the 3 Michelin starred restaurant Benu in San Francisco, the Windhover contemplative art chapel at Stanford University, a 160,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold craft brewery in San Leandro, and several wineries that push the boundaries of sustainability in agriculture and architecture. Current work includes a Cultural Arts Center in San Francisco, a Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia, and a waterfront pavilion for the new Expedia Headquarters in Seattle, Washington. In recent years, his firm has garnered over 140 regional, national, and international awards including two James Beard Awards for restaurant design, and the Smithsonian Cooper- Hewitt’s National Design Award for their complete body of work.

Joshua Aidlin and David Darling

Aidlin Darling Design

As the world becomes increasingly dominated by the visual and virtual, we can take for granted how intertwined we are with the environment surrounding us. For over 20 years, Aidlin Darling Design has pursued an architecture of restraint that seeks to intervene and engage our senses, connecting us to place and to ourselves. Embracing architecture as an active bodily encounter, the firm strives to uncover the latent spirit of each project through rigorous site observation, intensive understanding of program, and protracted collaboration, ultimately resulting in a strong sense of permanence and timelessness.


  • Projects must meet one of the award category requirements.*
  • Projects must be completed after January 1, 2010.
  • Projects must be completed by a registered architect.
  • The submitting firm must have an office in the Cincinnati region.
  • 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
  • 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.

Exterior Environment

Exterior feature associated with residential projects (patio, pergola, outdoor kitchen, pool structure, landscape design)


Any student project with a residential component.

  • Students must be currently enrolled in an architectural program in the Cincinnati region.
  • 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 1996.
  • Submitting firm must have in office the Cincinnati region.
  • The building must be standing in substantially completed form and good condition.


Award Finalists

After Judging is complete in mid-March, a list of three finalists will be publicly announced. All three finalists will be recognized at the awards program.

Award Winners

One award will be given per category. The winner will be revealed at the banquet.

Winners receive a custom glass 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: April 2, 2020

Time: 5pm-9pm

Location: Corbett Tower, Cincinnati Music Hall

Catering by Funky’s

Cash Bar

Join us to celebrate the best in residential architecture. The event begins with a cocktail hour, including plated Hors d’Oeuvres. This is followed by a brief lecture by our Jury Chair and presentation of the design awards. Dress is semi-formal.

Dinner Options:

Beef Dinner Option

Braised Beef Short Ribs with Red Wine Demi-Glace

Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Roasted Asparagus with Fire Roasted Tomatoes

Seafood Dinner Option

Maple Glazed Salmon au Poivre with Grilled Pineapple Pico De Gallo (Gluten Free)

Ancient Grains with Dried Berries and Fried Sage

Roasted Asparagus with Fire Roasted Tomatoes

Vegetarian/Vegan Dinner Option

Quinoa Paella with Miso-Citrus Broth, Cashews and Kidney Beans (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Roasted Asparagus with Fire Roasted Tomatoes


If you have any questions regarding submissions, judging or the event, please contact the CRANawards Chair Andreas Lange at

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

CRANawards Platinum Sponsor

CRANawards Gold Sponsors

CRANawards Silver Sponsors

CRANawards Bronze Sponsors

BR Lighting & Controls

Crapsey & Gilles

Evans Landscaping

Green Building Consulting

Hyde Park Lumber

Louisville Tile

Meyer Brothers & Sons

Priority Insulation

Tira Builders LLC


Chair: Andreas Lange, AIA

Adam Stehura, AIA

Rick Meyer, AIA

Andy Corn, AIA