2023 COTE® Top Ten Awards
Setting the standard in design excellence
The 2023 COTE® Top Ten program is in its 27th year and highlights projects that meet the AIA Committee on the Environment's rigorous criteria for social, economic, and ecological value.
To view previous award recipients, visit the award program page.
Casa Adelante 2060 Folsom
Casa Adelante takes advantage of its walkable and transit-rich site to bolster social equity and strive for a low-carbon future.
Confluence Park is a living laboratory designed to broaden visitors’ understanding of south Texas ecotypes and the impact of urban development on local watersheds.
DPR Sacramento Zero Net Energy Office
DPR Construction envisioned a sustainable work environment that would foster a greater sense of collaboration among its employees and would have strong ties to both nature and the surrounding community.
Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex
Harvard’s Science and Engineering Complex helps shift the typology toward environmental stewardship.
John W. Olver Transit Center
The first net zero project of its kind constructed in the United States, the John W. Olver Transit Center is a vital intermodal hub that has introduced high-performance design to Massachusetts.
RIDC Mill 19: Buildings A & B
A vital new addition to Pittsburgh’s post-industrial landscape, Mill 19 is a bold transformation of a former steel mill that now welcomes the sustainable future of advanced manufacturing.
Science and Environmental Center
The new net zero carbon Science and Environmental Center is the embodiment of The Nueva School’s mission to spark a passion for lifelong learning and foster social acuity and environmental citizenship in the imaginative young minds of its students.
UC San Diego North Torrey Pines Living & Learning Neighborhood
UC San Diego North Torrey Pines Living & Learning Neighborhood Architecture Firm: HKS, Inc & Safdie Rabines Architects Owner: University of California San Diego Location: San Diego Project site: Previously developed land Building program type(s): Education – College/University (campus-level) The largest project in the University of California, San Diego’s history, the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood reflects the school’s reputation as a longtime leaders in climate change research and education and its quest to be carbon neutral by 2025.
As one of the few buildings enrolled in Seattle’s Living Building Pilot Program, this building looks to move beyond incremental changes to achieve a better environment.
Westwood Hills Nature Center
Westwood Hills Nature Center immerses visitors in the surrounding forest full of birdsong and gentle breezes.