Winners Announced

2021 COTE Competition

AIA COTE® Top Ten for Students


January 13, 2021

Registration Deadline

January 13, 2021

Submission Deadline

Spring 2021

Jury Convenes

April 22, 2021

Winners Announced on Earth Day


Faculty Sponsor Online Registration

One Registration for Each Entry

An ACSA member school, faculty sponsor is required to enroll students by completing an online registration form prior to submission by January 13, 2021. Complete one online form 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 online registration 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 faculty will have the ability to add students and create teams. Registration is required by January 13, 2021, but can be changed, edited and added to until a student begins their final submission.

Faculty Registration Steps
  1. Faculty log into the ACSA website,
  2. Click the “Register your Students NOW” button,
  3. Select the 2021 COTE Competition from the submission type dropdown menu & Click “Enter”,
  4. Add an individual student click “Add Student”. You will need to know each student’s first & last names, email, & institution, which are all required fields for each student,
  5. If this is a team registration, you may add additional students by clicking “Add Student” to the same submission to this team, teams must be limited to a maximum of three students,
  6. Once the individual student or team is complete, Click “Submit”,
  7. Repeat steps 3 – 6 for each individual or team.
Faculty Responsibility

The administration of the competition at each institution is left to the discretion of the faculty within the guidelines set forth in this document. Work should have been completed in a design studio or related class within the 2002 calendar year. Design work completed before 2020 will not be accepted.

Each faculty sponsor may develop an internal system to evaluate the students’ work using the criteria set forth in this Competition Program and the Studio Guide. The evaluation process should be an integral part of the design process, encouraging students to scrutinize their work in a manner similar to that of the jury. The final result of the design process will be a submission of two presentation boards and a narrative describing the design solution and approach to the each of the ten measures of the Framework for Design Excellence.

Online Project Submission

After the faculty sponsor completes the online registration, each student will receive a confirmation email, which will include a link to complete the online submission. All boards are required to be uploaded through the ACSA website in JPEG files (no more than 20MB each).  Participants should keep in mind that, due to the large number of entries, preliminary review does not allow for the hanging end- to-end display of presentation boards. Accordingly, participants should not use text or graphics that cross over from board to board.

Project authorship must remain anonymous. The names of student participants, their schools, or faculty sponsors, must NOT appear on the boards, narrative/abstract or project title. If authorship is revealed on any submission materials the entry will be disqualified.

Students are required to upload final submissions by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on January 13, 2021. If the submission is from a team of students, all student team members will have the ability to upload the digital files.

Submissions may be edited and updated until the submission deadline of 11:59 pm, Pacific Time, January 13, 2021. Once the final submission is uploaded and submitted, each student will receive a confirmation email notification.

Please Note: the submission is not complete until the “Submit” button has been pressed. For teams: each member of team may submit or edit the final project till the deadline of 11:59 pm Pacific Time on January 13, 2021.

Winning projects will be required to submit high-resolution original files/ images for use in competition publications and exhibit materials. By uploading your files, you agree that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) have the rights to use your winning submission, images and materials in a summary publication, online and in promotional and exhibition resources. AIA and ACSA will attribute authorship of the winning design to you, your team, faculty, and institutional affiliation. Additionally, you hereby warrant that the submission is original and that you are the student author(s) of the design submission.

Competition Organizers & Sponsors

Edwin Hernández
Programs Coordinator

Eric Wayne Ellis
Senior Director of Operations and Programs