AIA Honors COTE Top Ten Awards Recipients

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) is announcing this year’s recipients for its COTE Top Ten Awards. Complete details for each project are available on the AIA website.

COTE bestows the award annually on 10 design projects that have integrated design excellence with performance in ten key areas. The COTE Top Ten winning projects illustrate the solutions architects provide for the health and welfare of our communities and planet.

In order to be eligible, project submissions are required to demonstrate alignment with COTE’s criteria; 10 measures that include social, economic, and ecological values. The five-member jury evaluates each project submission based on the effectiveness of their holistic design solution and metrics associated with the 10 measures. The COTE Top Ten Awards recipients this year are:

Jurors also designated one project as a Top Ten Plus recipient for its exceptional post-occupancy performance data. This recipient is:

  • Environmental Nature Center and Preschool, Newport Beach, Calif., LPA Inc.

Visit the AIA website for more information on the COTE Top Ten Awards program. 

In conjunction with COTE, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) has selected the COTE Top Ten for Students, honoring exceptional student design projects showcasing innovation in sustainability.  View the winning designs.

“The students being honored should be commended for their work and design intelligence. They provide great hope that future architects will have the skills and solutions to make our world better by integrating beautiful design with equitable climate action for human and ecological health,” says Julie Hiromoto, AIA, chair of COTE. “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how necessary and valuable innovative design solutions are for healthy built environments.”

Since committing to environmental stewardship last year, architects have made progress in the climate action fight. Learn more about all the climate action progress being made, including the first Climate Action Plan.

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