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The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), is pleased to announce that the fourth annual AIA COTE Top Ten for Students will be offered in 2018 in collaboration with Architecture 2030.

Themed "Innovation 2030," the program challenges undergraduate and graduate students, working individually or in teams, to submit projects that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The competition will recognize 10 exceptional studio projects that successfully integrate adaptive, resilient, and carbon-neutral strategies, along with COTE’s ten measures of sustainability within their comprehensive design solutions.

The COTE Top Ten awards are the industry’s best-known awards program for sustainable design excellence. The COTE Top Ten for Students recognizes the best green projects by students—ten exceptional studio projects that seamlessly integrate innovative, regenerative strategies within their broader design concepts.

The competition is open to third-year students and above (including graduate students) attending Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Member Schools in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Additional requirements:

  • Students must work under the direction of a faculty sponsor.
  • Teams can’t be larger than five students.
  • Work must be completed in a design studio or related class from January 2016 to present

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