Barrington Architect David Andreozzi wants his profession to get beyond the focus on “starchitects,” trophy homes and massive institutional projects. The Rhode Island native wants to bring quality design principles to a larger part of the population that may not realize its value. So Andreozzi is leading a group of fellow architects in the national Custom Residential Architects Network – part of the American Institute of Architects – in an effort to communicate the value of what they do for clients.
In a series of online videos and through a YouTube channel, Andreozzi hopes to refocus the public, and perhaps those within his profession, on what makes residential architects important.
PBN: It looks like the American Institute of Architects is repositioning itself – is what your group doing reflective of this shift?
ANDREOZZI: Rather than being an organization that everyone looks to to provide information from the top down, they realized they actually have to create people and fraternities at the grassroots to build content and build it up from the bottom. I spent the first 10 years of my professional life with a real disconnect from the AIA. I paid dues to have the initials next to my name, but as a residential architect I received little support. Around 10 years ago a movement started and we said there is an opportunity to do something for ourselves. It started with the Congress of Residential Architecture, people started talking in symposiums and we said we need to educate people and architects on the importance of good design. … We started this group called CRAN [Custom Residential Architects Network] and within six years we have become one of the most robust knowledge communities in the AIA.
PBN: So is there really a deep divide in architecture between the residential and institutional-commercial people?