Performing Beautifully: Lessons from 2021 COTE® Top Ten Award-winning teams


This 90-minute on-demand course explores the design strategies and outcomes of the 2021 COTE® Top Ten Award winners. It includes videos from each team and commentary from 2021 jury chair Michelle Amt, AIA, and COTE® 2020 Chair Julie Hiromoto, AIA.

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 “good design” that addresses the urgent needs of our time. This year’s winning projects demonstrate that beautiful, high-performing design is possible for every project, from a single-family home to a complex nanotechnology center. They include two renovations of existing buildings, two first-time winners, and two net zero energy buildings.

This presentation examines those projects through the lens of the AIA Framework for Design Excellence to highlight innovative, replicable models for more sustainable development regardless of project type, size, or location. Attendees will gain valuable insight, learn about new techniques, systems, and tools, and leave feeling inspired by the broad range of design solutions presented.

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.
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1.50 LUs
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