2017-2018 COTE Top Ten for Students

INTRODUCTION
Architects play a crucial role in addressing both the causes and effects of climate change through the design of the built environment. Innovative design thinking is key to producing architecture that meets human needs for both function and delight, adapts to climate change projections, continues to support the health and well being of inhabitants despite natural and human-caused disasters, and minimizes contributions to further climate change through greenhouse gas emissions. Preparing today’s architecture students to envision and create a climate adaptive, resilient, and carbon-neutral future must be an essential component and driving force for design discourse.


This year’s collaboration with Architecture 2030 – INNOVATION 2030 –  is a design-and-ideas competition focused on addressing and designing for the future impacts of climate change. 

Given their long lifespan, new buildings must be designed to address solutions to climate change and to respond to its projected impacts, well into the second half of the 21st Century and beyond. As with the COTE Top Ten award for built work by design professionals, COTE Top Ten for Students allows designs to be characterized in terms of 10 measures ranging from Community to Water to Wellness.  But this year’s competition places special prominence on three key aspects of responsive design:

  • Energy and Emissions: design for zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in building operations and minimize embodied carbon for building materials and construction.
  • Adaptation: research and address projected climate change impacts (increased temperatures, heat island effect, heat waves, sea level rise, drought, flooding, extreme weather, food production, etc.) and population shifts at the project site or context.
  • Resilience: enable continued habitability and rapid recovery after shock events, natural disasters, absence of power, or other projected climatic interruptions.


ABOUT THE COMPETITION
The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), is pleased to announce the fourth annual AIA COTE Top Ten for Students, offered this year in collaboration with Architecture 2030 as INNOVATION 2030. The program challenges students, working individually or in teams, 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 competition will recognize ten exceptional studio projects that seamlessly integrate adaptive, resilient, and strategies for moving towards carbon-neutral operation within their broader design concepts.

 


CRITERIA FOR JUDGING
Successful responses should demonstrate design moving towards carbon-neutral operation through a creative and innovative integration of design strategies such as daylighting, passive heating and cooling, materials, water, energy generation, and other sustainable systems, through a cohesive and beautiful architectural understanding. Issues to consider include community enhancement, land use and effect on site ecology, bioclimatic design, energy and water use, impact on health and wellness, approach to environmental quality, materials and construction, adaptation, long-life considerations, and feedback loops. Entries will also be judged for the success with which the project has met its individual requirements, with particular emphasis on design excellence.

JURORS
     
     
Karin Bjorkman
Nola | Van Puersem Architects
2016-2017 COTE Student Winner
Thomas Fisher
University of Minnesota 
Jeanne Gang
Studio Gang
     
     
     
Ted Hyman 
ZGF Architects 
 Justin Brown 
MASS Design Group
 


TEN SUSTAINABILITY MEASURES
Measure 1: DESIGN FOR INTEGRATION 
Measure 2: DESIGN FOR COMMUNITY
Measure 3: DESIGN FOR ECOLOGY 
Measure 4: DESIGN FOR WATER  
Measure 5: DESIGN FOR ECONOMY 
Measure 6: DESIGN FOR ENERGY 
Measure 7: DESIGN FOR WELLNESS 
Measure 8: DESIGN FOR RESOURCES 
Measure 9: DESIGN FOR CHANGE 
Measure 10: DESIGN FOR DISCOVERY 


AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Ten projects will be chosen for recognition at the discretion of the jury. Winners and their faculty sponsors will be notified of the competition results directly. Winning projects will be announced and displayed at the AIA Convention in New York City, New York June 21–23, 2018. Winning projects will also be promoted on the ACSA website at www.acsa-arch.org, the AIA COTE website at www.aia.org/cote, and Architecture 2030 website www.architecture2030.org.

 

Each of the top 10 winning projects will receive a $500 stipend to attend the AIA National Convention in New York City, New York, June 21–23, 2018.

 


Additional awards for this year’s collaboration with Architecture 2030 include: 

Award & Student Internship  Winning students (individuals and team members) will be offered a paid summer internship at an architecture firm doing leading work in sustainable design. Students will specify their top choices from participating firms and internships will be assigned by lottery. An award of $2,000 will be distributed to each winning project. 

 

 
BNIM DLR Group Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd.
 



 
HKS Inc. Siegel & Strain Architects ZGF Architects LLP
 


 
Kevin Daly Architects Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Brooks+Scarpa Architects
     
   
CO Architects  Payette Associates  EHDD 
     
   
     
Lake|Flato Architects  Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects  CallisonRTKL 
 



 
LPA, Inc. NBBJ Quinn Evans Architects
     
     
     
 The Miller Hull Partnership  Perkins+Will  Arkin Tilt Architects
     
    

   
David Hertz Architects      



Faculty Award 
Faculty Sponsors for with the ten winning projects will be recognized for their leadership in sustainable design instruction. Faculty members (one per winning project) will be invited to attend the 2018 AIA National Convention and attend and participate in the Leadership Forum on Design Education hosted by the Design Futures Council in New York City. An award of $2,000 will be distributed to the faculty member for each winning project.


 
SCHEDULE

December 6, 2017      
Registration Deadline (free) + Submission Site Opens

January 17, 2018       
Submission Deadline

Spring 2018                
Jury Convenes

April 22, 2018             
Winners Announced
Earth Day

June 20, 2018            
Design Futures Council (DFC) round table with jurors and faculty

June 21–23, 2018      
Reception and display at the 2018 AIA Convention in NYC

 
 
 
 
 
COMPETITION SPONSORS
 
 

 
 
 
 

For questions please contact: 

Eric Wayne Ellis
     
    
Allison Smith
Director of Operations and Programs

Programs Manager
eellis@acsa-arch.org
asmith@acsa-arch.org
202.785.2324  
202.785.2324