Performing Beautifully: 2020 COTE® Top Ten Awards + Student Competition

Learn about the winners of the 2020 Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Awards and the winners of the COTE Top Ten for Students Competition.


This 120-minute on-demand course explores the design strategies and outcomes of the 10 COTE Top Ten Award winners and the 10 COTE Top Ten for Students Competition winners. It includes videos from each professional project team and commentary from 2020 jury member and COTE founder Bob Berkebile, FAIA, as well as COTE 2020 Chair Julie Hiromoto, AIA; 2019 Chair Marsha Maytum, FAIA; and 2021 Chair Betsy del Monte, FAIA.

John W. Olver Design Building, University of Massachussetts, Amherst. Leers Weinzapfl. Credit: Ngoc Doan STIMSON

The AIA COTE Top Ten Awards have become the profession’s preeminent awards for projects that holistically integrate and exemplify design excellence and building performance, defining a new standard for “great design” that addresses the urgent needs of our time. Winning projects demonstrate excellence across the COTE Top Ten measures through multiple project types, sizes, and locations. This presentation highlights the value of architectural design through high performance, community building, and innovation. Attendees will gain valuable insight, learn about new techniques, systems, and tools, and leave feeling inspired by the broad range of design solutions presented.

With the 2019 adoption of the AIA Framework for Design Excellence, formerly known as the COTE Top Ten Measures, this celebration of award-winning projects is even more poignant.

Learning objectives

  • Describe the design and sustainability goals that drove exemplary features in COTE Top Ten award-winning projects.
  • Explain the sustainable design features that appear among the COTE Top Ten award winners for creating a restorative future through beauty and performance
  • Apply lessons learned and technical solutions to comprehensive high-performance design to collectively transform practice.
  • Discuss more innovative techniques, systems, and tools to reach sustainability and performance goals within their own projects.


Take advantage of our limited-time celebration pricing.

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 $40  non-member
 $25  member
2.00 LUs
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