The Washington, D.C.-based American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment have selected the top 10 examples of architecture and green-design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The projects were honored at the AIA 2009 National Convention and Design Exposition recently held in San Francisco. The project winners are Charles Hostler Student Center, Beirut, Lebanon, designed by VJAA, Minneapolis; Chartwell School, Seaside, Calif., designed by EHDD Architecture, San Francisco; Gish Apartments, San Jose, Calif., designed by OJK Architecture and Planning, San Jose; Great River Energy Headquarters, Maple Grove, Minn., designed by Perkins+Will, Minneapolis; Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, Evanston, Ill., designed by Ross Barney Architects, Chicago; Portola Valley Town Center, Portola Valley, Calif., designed by Siegel & Strain Architects, Emeryville, Calif., and Goring and Straja Architects, Emeryville; Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, Orange, Texas, designed by Lake|Flato Architects, San Antonio; Synergy at Dockside Green, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, designed by Busby Perkins+Will Architects Co., Vancouver; the Terry Thomas, Seattle, designed by Weber Thompson, Seattle; ?and World Headquarters for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Yarmouth Port, Mass., designed by DesignLAB Architects, Boston.

To read about Chartwell School, see eco-structure’s September 2008 issue, page 34. The Terry Thomas was highlighted in the June 2008 issue, page 27, and was recognized in the inaugural eco-structure Evergreen Awards, October 2008 issue, page 28. All issues are available in digital format at in the Archives section. For more information about all the projects, visit