Today, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the winners of the 2019 COTE Top Ten Awards, which are conferred by AIA's Committee on the Environment. Each year, the program recognizes 10 projects that integrate design excellence and environmental performance, with one winner being elevated to COTE Top Ten Plus—an indication of exemplary proven energy performance and post-occupancy lessons.

The 2019 winners include eight projects in the United States—ranging from a zoo education center, to university lab buildings, to a waste transfer station, to a famed New York cathedral—as well as a university building in Canada and a high school in Kenya.

The 2019 jury included Nancy Clanton, Clanton & Associates; Paul Mankins, FAIA, Substance Architecture; Christiana Moss, AIA, Studio Ma; Christoph Reinhart, MIT; and Allison Williams, FAIA, AGWms_studio.

2019 AIA COTE Top 10 Winners

Ed Massery

AIA COTE Top 10 PlusFrick Environmental Center, Pittsburgh. Pa.
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Jury Statement: "The siting of this project is extraordinary, enhancing the views by the way the thoughtful way it fits into the topography."

Chuck Choi

Amherst College New Science Center, Amherst, Mass.

Jury Statement: "Everything from solar to water to lighting are integrated into the building, creating the strategic separation of ventilation and space conditioning."


Asilong Christian High School, West Pokot, Kenya

Jury Statement: "There is a clarity and elemental nature to the various components of this building, each having their own purpose and means."

Nic Lehoux

Daniels Building at One Spadina Crescent, Toronto
NADAAA with Adamson Associates Architects and ERA Architects

Jury Statement: "The building takes inspiration from bioclimatic principles and capitalizes with orientation and daylighting."

Warren Jagger Photography

Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, Boston

Jury Statement: "A very high-tech project that has an extremely sophisticated high level of design integration."

Lakeside Senior Apartments, Oakland, Calif.
David Baker Architects

Jury Statement: "The sustainability agenda drove the project to be a dignified housing project that leveraged views of Lake Merritt while still prioritizing equity and maintaining a reasonable budget."

Benjamin Benschneider

North Transfer Station, Seattle
Mahlum Architects

Jury Statement: "The neighborhood embraces the new paradigm for mixed-use urban living and actively uses the park in a usually avoided location."

Christian Columbres

Oregon Zoo Education Center, Portland, Ore.
Opsis Architecture

Jury Statement: "With a comprehensive and integrative series of sustainable tactics, the design is very well thought out."

Whitney Cox

St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York
Murphy Burnham & Buttrick (MBB) Architects

Jury Statement: "An exceptional engineering feat with a second glazing on the stained glass and implementing geothermal in a tight confined space going thousands of feet through bedrock to accomplish its goals."

Landscape Arboretum University of Minnesota - Bee Discovery Center by MSR Design
Richard Brine Landscape Arboretum University of Minnesota - Bee Discovery Center by MSR Design

Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, Chaska, Minn.
MSR Design

Jury Statement: "This project shows what you can accomplish, not with fancy tools, but by using intuitive design practices."