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2017 AIA COTE Top Ten for Students Winners - PRESS RELEASE

April 20, 2017
The American Institute of Architects, Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE) & Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Announce the 2017 AIA COTE Top Ten for Students Winners 
Eric Wayne Ellis 
(202) 785-2324 

For Immediate Release:
Washington, D.C. – April 19, 2017 – The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), have selected the recipients of the AIA COTE Top Ten for Students. The competition recognizes ten exceptional studio projects that seamlessly integrate innovative, regenerative strategies within their broader design concepts. The program challenged students to submit projects that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions that protect and enhance the environment.

The jury for the AIA COTE Top Ten for Students includes: Jessica Nutz, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; John Quale, University of New Mexico; Holly Samuelson, Harvard University; Lisa Matthiessen, U.S. Green Building Council & Greg Mella, SmithgroupJJR. Listed below are the names of the recipients, their school, the faculty sponsor, and project title.

Listed below are the names of the recipients, the faculty sponsor, project title and their school.

You can get more information and see renderings of these projects here:

Karin Bjorkman
Faculty Sponsors: Sandy Stannard & Daniel Wiens
A Residential School in Andhra Pradesh
California Polytechnic State University

Taylor Metcalf
Madeline Cunningham
Faculty Sponsors: Margaret Ikeda, Evan Jones, & Adam Marcus 
California College of the Arts

James Woods
Christopher Sandkuhler
Elizabeth Widaski
Faculty Sponsors: Ulrike Heine, Henrique M. Houayek, Ufuk Ersoy, & David Francobr
Landscape in Motion
Clemson University 

Charlie Cotton
Faculty Sponsors: Laura M. Briggs & Jeff Geisinger
Urban Ecology: Crossing Boundaries
Rhode Island School of Design

Adam Smith
Rachel Elbon
Faculty Sponsor: Kevin Stevens
Gastronomia: Sustainable Agriculture
University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Shawn Barron
Saranya Panchaseelan
Faculty Sponsor: Ulrike Passe
The Apicenter
Iowa State University

Estefania Barajas
Jorden Gomez
Faculty Sponsors: Ian Caine & Rahman Azari
Housing a Million
University of Texas at San Antonio

Kurt G. Kimsey
Matthew Wieber
Faculty Sponsors: Miguel Calvo Salve & Russell B. Roberts
NURTURE: Lehigh Living Cultural Center
Marywood University

Anushka Pai
Faculty Sponsors: Silvia Acosta, Laura M. Briggs, & Jeff Geisinger
Oscillating States
Rhode Island School of Design

Robin Wilder
Faculty Sponsors: Steven P. Juroszek, Thomas McNab, & Jaya Mukhopadhyay
The Culture and Production of Home: Encouraging Sustainable Lifestyle Through Tiny Dwellings
Montana State University

The selected projects will be on view at the American Institute of Architects Annual Convention in Orlando (April 2017) and the 106th ACSA Annual Meeting in March 2018. For high resolution renderings please email

Download this Press Release, 2017 COTE Top Ten for Students  (PDF)


About the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
Founded in 1912, The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) mission is to advance the quality of architectural education. School membership in the ACSA includes over 250 schools in several membership categories. These include full membership for all accredited programs in the United States and government- sanctioned schools in Canada, candidate membership for schools seeking accreditation, and affiliate membership for schools for two-year and international programs. Through these schools, over 5,000 architecture faculty are represented. In addition, over 500 supporting members composed of architecture firms, product associations and individuals add to the breadth of interest and support of ACSA goals.

About The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The 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. 

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