AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten and Top Ten +


The AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Awards program recognizes exemplary and innovative built projects that establish a standard of  excellence in sustainable design, demonstrate its benefits, and educate both the profession and the public.

All submissions must be received by 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) on January 25, 2013. The
submission deadline date will be strictly observed; no exceptions will be made.
All architects licensed in the U.S. are invited to submit their completed built projects,
regardless of project size, budget, style, building type, or location. Entries are welcomed and
encouraged from both established and new practitioners and designers, and from small firms
and large.
•  New buildings and renovations/restorations are eligible.
•  Projects must be built and completed after 2003 and at least three months prior to the
submission deadline. “Completion” is synonymous with “substantial completion” as
defined in the standard AIA documents governing construction.
•  The entry is to be submitted by the architect.
The submitting architect may qualify as a member of a design team, whether or not serving
as the head of the team. When one architect is not the sole author, all other participants
contributing substantially to the design of the project must be given credit as part of the
submission, regardless of professional discipline. Project authorship must remain anonymous
during jury deliberations. If authorship is revealed on any submission materials—images,
plans, or narrative—the entry will be disqualified. A project that credits any 2013 AIA COTE
Top Ten Green Projects Awards jury member or his/her firm as architect, associate architect,
consultant, or client is ineligible and will be disqualified if submitted.