2018 COTE Top Ten

Setting the standard in design and sustainability

10 Childerens Area at Dusk


AIA and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) announce this year’s recipients of the COTE Top Ten Awards, the industry’s premier program celebrating great design and great performance. Now in their 22nd year, the Awards highlight projects that meet COTE’s rigorous criteria for social, economic, and ecological value.

Since 2014, past Top Ten recipients have been invited to submit post-occupancy data and narratives to be recognized with a single COTE Top Ten Plus award each year. In 2017, these separate tracks merged: The ‘Plus’ designation now denotes projects with exemplary performance data and post occupancy lessons.

View 2017 recipients. For program years prior to 2017, visit aiatopten.org.

2018 COTE® Top Ten

Albion District Library

One of the busiest libraries in Toronto, the Albion District Library serves a broad range of services to a diverse demographic, including many recent immigrants

2018 COTE® Top Ten

Georgia Tech Engineered Biosystems Building

This LEED Platinum Building is an innovative new model for research facilities.

2018 COTE® Top Ten

Mundo Verde at Cook Campus

Mundo Verde is a bilingual, sustainability-focused public charter school, and as such, its campus is a living framework for the curriculum.

2018 COTE® Top Ten

Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House

Founded in 1981, Family House is a not-for-profit organization providing free temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the

2018 COTE® Top Ten

New United States Courthouse - Los Angeles

The New United States Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles is a 10-story, 633,000-square-foot building that contains 24 courtrooms and 32 judicial chambers.

2018 COTE® Top Ten

Ortlieb's Bottling House

2018 COTE Top Ten Plus honoree. Faced with a growing firm and an increasing need for building and meeting space, Philadelphia-based architecture firm KieranTimb

2018 COTE® Top Ten

The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum was the first purpose-built art museum in the country, built in 1859 to the design of architect Jame

2018 COTE® Top Ten

San Francisco Art Institute - Fort Mason Center Pier 2

Located at the edge of San Francisco Bay, an historic U.S. Army warehouse at Fort Mason has been transformed into a new campus for the San Francisco Art Institu

2018 COTE® Top Ten


Set in California’s harsh Mojave Desert, Sawmill offers a new model for the sustainable single-family home. The client brief called for a self-sufficient home

2018 COTE® Top Ten

Sonoma Academy’s Janet Durgin Guild & Commons

Embedded with maker/digital classrooms, productive gardens, offices and a full dining/kitchen, Sonoma Academy’s guiding principles of equity, community, and exp

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