AIA Announces Winners of COTE Top Ten Awards

Washington, DC, May 26, 2020-The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) is announcing this year’s recipients for its highest honor, the COTE Top Ten Awards. 

COTE bestows 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 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 rigorous criteria, ten 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. This year’s COTE Top Ten Awards recipients are as follows:

* Austin Central Library, Austin, Texas | Lake|Flato Architects + Shepley Bulfinch Joint Venture

* U.S. Land Port of Entry, Columbus, New Mexico | Richter Architects

* Etsy Headquarters, New York | Gensler

* Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice, New York | Gensler

* John W. Olver Design Building, Amherst, Massachusetts | Leers Weinzapfel Associates

* Keller Center-Harris School of Public Policy, Chicago | Farr Associates (Design Lead & Architect of Record) and Woodhouse Tinucci Architects (Collaborating Architect, Interior Designer)

* Marine Education Center at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi | Lake|Flato Architects in association with Unabridged Architecture

* The Six, Los Angeles | Brooks + Scarpa

* UPCycle, Austin, Texas | Gensler

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

* Environmental Nature Center and Preschool, Newport Beach, California | LPA, Inc.

Details and pictures of each project are available here.