Beauty and Performance – Exploring the Framework for Design Excellence on Residential Projects

An introduction to the AIA's Framework for Design Excellence, focusing on how it is uniquely applied to custom residential projects.


This course introduces the AIA's Framework for Design Excellence, adopted by the AIA in 2019, that builds upon the AIA COTE Top Ten Award criteria, first introduced in 1997. The session will focus on measures of Economy, Materials, and Wellness and how these are uniquely applied to custom residential projects. Hosted by Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN).


Learning objectives

  • Understand the AIA's Framework for Design Excellence and how it can be applied on custom residential projects. 
  • Explore The Design for Resources measure in-depth and be able to describe both traditional measures alongside novel tools and processes for reducing material impacts and optimizing embodied carbon on projects.   
  • Communicate how the Framework addresses criteria for occupant wellness including daylighting, air quality, acoustics, and healthy materials. 
  • Explore best practices and high impact strategies to assess value through the Design for Economy measure that defines good design work. 

This session was recorded live on October 21, 2020.

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  • Tate Walker

    AIA LEED Fellow

    Director of Sustainability | OPN Architects

    Tate Walker is the Director of Sustainability at OPN Architects and leads projects and initiatives...