CRAN Symposium 2014: The New Traditional House

Learn different perspectives from residential architects on form and design as well as the motivations which influence the familiarity and continuity in designing a Traditional house.


For many, the platonic form of a house is fixed early on – a gable roof, a front door, a chimney. But while the form and appearance of our dwellings have evolved over time, there is a decided continuity throughout that defines the idea of a ‘traditional’ house. Some homes are motivated by a sense of nostalgia, while other new houses are built in well-established neighborhoods responding to the surrounding strong architectural character.

Traditional and familiar forms and materials continue to be both reliable and popular, and the climatic requirements of different regions have long suggested specific architectural responses. You will hear a variety of different perspectives as this roundtable discussion explores what it means to design a new traditional house.

Learning objectives

  • Learn what it is to create a new house informed by traditional examples; from inspiration to design to construction, and how it serves its occupants and its neighborhood.
  • Study ways that the design and construction of a new traditional house can incorporate and be informed by the use of modern materials and methods.
  • Consider the role of traditional design methodologies when renovating and expanding an existing structure.
  • Explore how the design of new traditional houses can respond to local and regional contexts and conditions.

This course is part of a series

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 $40  non-member
 $25  member
1.50 LUs
  • HSW
  • RIBA


  • Marc Appleton


    Principal, Appleton & Associates Inc.-Architects

    Marc Appleton is Principal of Appleton & Associates Inc. Architects with offices in Santa...
  • Marieanne Khoury-Vogt


    Principal, Office of the Town Architect, Alys Beach

    Marieanne Khoury-Vogt is a practicing architect and urban designer who has led the Office of the...
  • Witold Rybczynski

    Hon. AIA

    Emeritus Professor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

    Witold Rybczynski is a Canadian-American architect, professor, and writer who has written about...
  • Gil Schafer, III


    Principal, G.P. Schafer Architect, PLLC

    Gil Schafer is an architect and historic preservationist specializing in traditional residential...