AIA COTE Top 10 For Students

Ages:Undergraduate, Graduate

Type:Submission

Categories:Architecture, Environment

Scope:International

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.

The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) manage this annual student design challenge. 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. 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.

Students submit an architectural design responding to the annual design brief and theme. 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 the 2017-2018 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.

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 in the 10 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
This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Website: http://www.acsa-arch.org/programs-events/competitions

Managing Organization: American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

Contact:
Eric Ellis
eellis@acsa-arch.org
202.785.2324

Entry Fee:

This competition is open to students in Undergraduate, Graduate.

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.

Overview

The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) manage this annual student design challenge. 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. 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.

Process

Students submit an architectural design responding to the annual design brief and theme. 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 the 2017-2018 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.

Criteria

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 in the 10 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

This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Participate

Website: http://www.acsa-arch.org/programs-events/competitions

Managing Organization: American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

Contact:
Eric Ellis
eellis@acsa-arch.org
202.785.2324

Entry Fee:

This competition is open to students in Undergraduate, Graduate.

Deadlines

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.