The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (COTE) has announced this year’s recipients for its highest honor, the COTE Top Ten Awards. COTE bestows the award annually on ten design projects that have expertly integrated design excellence with cutting-edge performance in ten key areas. The COTE Top Ten winning projects illustrate the solutions architects provide for the health and welfare of our communities and planet.
In order to be eligible, project submissions are required to demonstrate alignment with COTE’s rigorous criteria, ten measures that include social, economic, and ecological values. The five-member jury evaluates each project submission based on the effectiveness of its holistic design solution and metrics associated with the ten measures. This year’s COTE Top Ten Awards recipients in the West are as follows: Austin Central Library, Austin, Texas, Lake|Flato Architects and Shepley Bulfinch Joint Venture; United States Land Port of Entry, Columbus, New Mexico, Richter Architects; The Six, Los Angeles, California, Brooks and Scarpa; and UPCycle, Austin, Texas, Gensler. Jurors also designated one project as a Top Ten Plus recipient for its exceptional post-occupancy performance data. This year’s recipient is Environmental Nature Center and Preschool, Newport Beach, California, LPA, Inc.