The Josey Pavilion

The Josey Pavilion is a multi-functional education and meeting center that supports the mission of the Dixon Water Foundation to promote healthy watersheds through sustainable land management. Architect: Lake|Flato Architects

The COTE (Committee on the Environment) Top Ten Awards is the industry’s best-known awards program for sustainable design excellence. Each year, ten innovative projects earn the prize for setting the standard in design and sustainability.

For the 2017 awards cycle we completely revamped the measures of sustainable design and highlighted issues like wellness, resilience, and economy that have gained prominence.

The new measures and metrics emphasize the importance of actual performance in addition to design intent. These Top Ten Measures are not just criteria for awarding projects, but an open-ended framework for defining design excellence.

A detailed overview of the COTE Top Ten measures can be found in the 2017 Call for Entries. The 2018 Call for Entries will be posted here when available.


  • Any US-licensed architect may enter.
  • On team projects, the architect submitting the entry doesn’t have to be the head of the team.
  • Submitting firms must have signed the AIA 2030 Commitment.


  • Completed new buildings, renovations, restorations, interior architecture, and urban/regional plans are eligible.
  • Projects may be located anywhere in the world.
  • Projects must have been completed at least three months prior to the submission deadline, with no additional age-related restrictions.
  • You may submit multiple entries.

Image credits

The Josey Pavilion

Casey Dunn