digital edition

The Premier Design Awards

The 2010 AIA COTE awards reflect the escalating standards of sustainable building­—in both design and performance.

July 2010

By Nadav Malin

COTE D’Azure

The jury, from top: Elizabeth Ogbu, Assoc. AIA | Public Architecture, Robert Harris, FAIA | Lake Flato Architects Denis Hayes, The Bullitt Foundation, Alison Kwok
AIA | University of Oregon, Lisa Heschong, Heschong Mahone Group, Peter Busby, Assoc. AIA, Int’l Assoc.
AIA | Busby Perkins+ Will

View expanded coverage on each COTE award winners.

Rate this project:
Based on what you have seen and read about this project, how would you grade it? Use the stars below to indicate your assessment, five stars being the highest rating.
----- Advertising -----

This year’s COTE Top Ten jury kicked the program up a notch from recent years in terms of energy and environmental performance of the winners. Juror Dennis Hayes captured their choices well when he said that in an era of constrained and expensive energy, priorities change: “We are redefining what we see as beautiful and effective.” Did they compromise on design quality in making those choices? Judge for yourself.

It wasn’t the jury alone that chose to emphasize energy performance, however. The AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE), which runs the program, inserted an extra step into the awards process to make sure that reliable energy and water data were available to the jurors. The committee selected a team of experts to prescreen all the project data. This team identified areas where data was missing or unclear, and AIA staff then contacted submitting teams to clarify and supplement the data. There were very few projects that did not require some revision or clarification, according to committee chair Filo Castore, AIA.

The jury process began after the technical review ended. Their selections included three projects that have been featured in recent issues of GreenSource. We summarize them, but take a deeper look at the seven remaining projects on the following pages. In the words of jury chair Peter Busby, AIA: “COTE Top Ten should be the premier design award, because it blends both design and performance like no other design award program out there.”


share: more »

This article appeared in the July 2010 print issue of GreenSource Magazine.

 Reader Comments:

Sign in to Comment

To write a comment about this story, please sign in. If this is your first time commenting on this site, you will be required to fill out a brief registration form. Your public username will be the beginning of the email address that you enter into the form (everything before the @ symbol). Other than that, none of the information that you enter will be publically displayed.

We welcome comments from all points of view. Off-topic or abusive comments, however, will be removed at the editors’ discretion.

----- Advertising -----
Click here to go to product info Page
Sweets, Search Building Products
Reader Feedback
Most Commented Most Recommended
Rankings reflect comments made in the past 14 days
Rankings reflect comments made in the past 14 days
Recently Posted Reader Photos

View all photo galleries >>
Recent Forum Discussions

View all forum discusions >>