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AIA honors exceptional designs with its COTE Top Ten Awards

Projects integrate high design with advanced performance in ten key areas.

April 23, 2021 |

Photo: Jonathan Hillyer

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) is awarding ten design projects with its highest honor—the COTE® Top Ten Awards—for their significant achievements in advancing climate action. Complete details for each project are available on AIA’s website.

For the past 25 years, COTE has bestowed the award annually on ten design projects that have expertly integrated design excellence with cutting-edge performance in ten key areas. The COTE Top Ten 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 rigorous criteria, which 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 ten measures.

This year’s COTE Top Ten Awards recipients are as follows:

— Arizona State University Hayden Library Reinvention, Tempe, Arizona | Ayers Saint Gross

— Civitas, Memphis, Tennessee | archimania

— Lafayette College Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center, Easton, Pennsylvania  | Payette

— Market One, Des Moines, Iowa | Neumann Monson Architects

— Massachusetts Institute of Technology | MIT.nano, Cambridge, Massachusetts | HGA

— Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus, Mountain View, California | WRNS Studio

— Rainier Beach Clinic, Seattle | Mahlum Architects

— Ryerson University Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex, Toronto | Perkins & Will

— The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, Atlanta | Lord Aeck Sargent in collaboration with The Miller Hull Partnership

— University of Washington, Life Sciences Building, Seattle | Perkins & Will

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

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