AIA honors integrated Design Excellence with Environmental Performance

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

WASHINGTON – April 20, 2023 – 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 holistic sustainability and advancing climate action and equity. Complete details for each project are available on AIA’s website.

The award, now in its 27th year, celebrates design projects that have expertly integrated design excellence with innovative 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.

To be eligible, project submissions are required to demonstrate alignment with COTE’s rigorous criteria, which include social, economic, and ecological values. The four-member jury evaluates each project submission based on the effectiveness of their holistic design solution and metrics associated with the ten principles of AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence. This year’s COTE® Top Ten Awards recipients are as follows:

Casa  Adelante 2060 Folsom, San Francisco | Mithun with Y.A. Studio          

Confluence  Park, San Antonio | Lake|Flato Architects + Matsys        

DPR  Sacramento Zero Net Energy Office, Sacramento | SmithGroup        

Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex, Boston | Behnisch Architekten      

John W. Olver Transit Center, Greenfield, Mass. | Charles Rose Architects        

RIDC Mill 19:  Buildings A & B, Pittsburgh | MSR Design  

Science and Environmental Center, Hillsborough, Calif. | Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects      

UC  San Diego North Torrey Pines Living & Learning Neighborhood, San Diego | HKS, Inc & Safdie Rabines Architects          

Watershed, Seattle | Weber Thompson      

Westwood  Hills Nature Center, St. Louis Park, Minn. | HGA Architects and Engineers    

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


Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.

AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.


Tim Trudell
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