Registration & Submissions

A design competition to recognize student work that displays sustainable design at the highest level. 
Presented by AIA COTE + ACSA.

A faculty sponsor is required to enroll students by completing this registration form by December 9, 2015. Complete a form for your entire studio or for each individual student or team of students participating. Students or teams wishing to enter the competition on their own must have a faculty sponsor, who should complete the form. There is no entry or submission fee to participate in the competition.Please add the email address to your address book to ensure that you receive all emails regarding your participation in the competition.

During registration, the faculty will have the ability to add students, create teams, assign students to teams, and add additional faculty sponsors. Registration is required by December 9, 2015, but changes are allowed up until the student(s) upload a final submission.

The submission deadline is 11:59pm PT, January 20, 2016.
Please plan ahead, and contact ACSA with any submission questions.

Upon registration, each competition registrant should have received two automatic emails: 1) confirmation of your registration; 2) personal ACSA credentials to log into the ACSA website. When you are ready, follow these steps to submit your final project:

  • Log into the ACSA website with your personal ACSA credentials
  • Click “My ACSA.”
  • Click “My Competitions.”
  • Confirm you are uploading to the correct competition/category
  • Click “Upload Submission.”
  • From here you will have a series of tabs to copy/past your abstract + program brief and upload 4 digital boards (24” x 24" PDF or JPEG files).
  • Once your final project has been completely uploaded and confirmed, click “Complete this Submission.

* You may “Save” your submission and return to complete. Please Note: the submission is not complete till the "Complete This Submission" button is pressed.

* All participants, including the faculty sponsor, will receive a submission confirmation email.

*Reminder: the names of participants, their schools, or faculty sponsors, must NOT appear on any of the submitted material. For the complete submission guidelines, click here.

Please use the Forgot Password tool -or- contact the ACSA office directly to reset your credentials.

A jury will select ten projects for recognition. These winning projects will be displayed at the AIA Convention in Philadelphia, PA, May 19-21, 2016. Winners will receive a $500 stipend to attend the convention and the winning projects will be widely promoted online via the ACSA and AIA COTE websites.



For questions please contact: 

    Eric Wayne Ellis
     Director of Operations and Programs        

+ Competition Program
+ Curriculum Addendum
+ Postcard

Dec. 9, 2015
Registration Deadline (free) + Submission Site Opens
Jan. 20, 2016
Submission Deadline
April 22, 2016
Winners Announced on Earth Day
May 19-21, 2016
Exhibition at the AIA Convention in Philadelphia, PA

+ 2015-2016 COTE Main
+ Ten Sustainability Measures
+ Guidelines
+ Resources
+ Competition Organizers