The AIANY COTE Awards recognize results-oriented achievements in the urban context. Winning submissions demonstrate processes that culminate in beautiful, timeless, and measurable design.
The awards will further sustainable design in the architectural profession, make transparent lessons learned, and reveal the process behind true innovation in an urban context. Established in 2014 by the AIA New York Committee on the Environment, the program seeks to redefine how design excellence is evaluated. By honoring innovative projects, we provide a collective resource to all firms looking to achieve socially and environmentally responsible design.
Connecting the individual experience to a greater context and purpose has always been the role of architecture. Climate change, political stability, energy and water independence, and human health are all responsibilities of the design community. These challenges present new opportunities to enrich the profession — to generate positive impact in the world we build. The AIANY COTE Awards recognize design that brings us closer to solving critical issues facing our communities as achieving the highest level of intention possible in the field of architecture.
“We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims. [The challenge is] to make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time, with spontaneous cooperation and without ecological damage or disadvantage of anyone.”
- Buckminster Fuller
All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, September 23h, 2016. Winners will be announced Monday, October 24, 2016 and will be asked to present their projects at the Center for Architecture at 6:00pm on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016.
All projects must be located within an L4, L5 or L6 transect as defined by the Living Building Challenge and within 200 miles of Central Park, as the crow flies. Architects licensed in the U.S. are invited to submit regardless of project size, budget, style, or building type. Entries are welcome and encouraged from both established and new practitioners.
Projects must be built and completed after January 1st, 2011 and for at least three months prior to the submission deadline. “Completion” is synonymous with “substantial completion,” as defined in the standard AIA documents governing construction. It is strongly encouraged that projects include a minimum of one (1) year of operational performance data (energy and water).
The entry is to be submitted by the architect (design architect or architect of record.)
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 2016 AIANY COTE AWARDS jury member or their firm as architect, associate architect, consultant, or client is ineligible and will be disqualified if submitted.
Entries from firms that have signed onto the AIA 2030 Commitment will be favorably weighted in the judging. Firms can sign onto the AIA 2030 Commitment via the following link.
Registration is required for each project submitted. Registration opens Monday, June 6, 2016. All registration and payments must be made online at the following link.
The awards will favor projects that can demonstrate the full breadth of their process, including images of design and community engagement meetings, draft diagrams, early design development, and post-occupancy collateral.
The following is a framework to help guide each team’s submission. The submission is not required to meet all aspects of each criterion. It is encouraged to demonstrate how the project performs above and beyond what is described in the document. Several criteria ask for specific metrics, to be input directly into fields on the project registration page. Further guidance on the categories and metrics can be found in this Guidance Document.
Up to three winners will be announced, with honorable mentions awarded at the discretion of the jury. The awarded projects will receive significant recognition, including acknowledgement in AIANY publications and electronic media. Recipients will be asked to give a short presentation about their project at AIANY’s Center for Architecture on November 1, 2016. Recipients may be asked by the AIANY communications department or by various media representatives for additional information about their projects. All submitted materials will become property of AIANY.
An architect or firm may submit more than one project, but each project requires payment of a separate, non-refundable registration fee. $100 AIA members | $200 non-members.
For more information, please visit the competition website here
June 6, 2016 – Launch
September 23, 2016 – Extended Deadline
October 24, 2016 – Winners Announced
November 1, 2016 – Winners Presentation
Partner, Foster + Partners
Principal, New York Office, Arup
Senior Editor, Architectural Record
John H. Lee
Deputy Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability
Timothy McDonald, RA, LEED AP, CPHC
George Washington Milken Institute of Public Health
Payette in association with Ayers Saint Gross
The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
New York Police Academy
Perkins+Will with Michael Fieldman Consulting Architects
Washington Square Park House
Weeksville Heritage Center
Caples Jefferson Architects
Via Verde - The Green Way
Grimshaw Architects and Dattner Architects
NYC Passive House + Net Zero Rowhouse Prototype
Paul A. Castrucci, Architect
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Renovation
Fete Nature Architecture, PLLC
Creston Avenue Residence
Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC
Kohler Environmental Center, RAMSA (Robert AM Stern Architects)
Whole Foods, Brooklyn; BL Compaies
Bushwick Inlet Park, Kiss + Cathcart Architects
ONLINE SUBMISSION PROCEDURES
Entries must be submitted at the following link. If more than one architecture firm worked on the project, name each firm and describe each firm’s role.
Submission is an 8 step process
Step 1. Register
Step 2. Enter information on project leads
Step 3. Upload One 15 page 11x17 15MB PDF which includes
- Project summary and overview
- 10 200 words statements about each of the 10 categories.
- All entries are to be identified only by an auto generated, 6-character unique identity code, issued at registration. Any identifying mark that could lead to disclosure of the entrant’s identity will be a ground for disqualification. Each page of the submission should include the code on the lower right hand corner.
Step 4. Submit Project information
- Project Location (Municipality, State, Zip code)
- Distance from New York City (From the center of Central Park, as the crow flies
- Date of Substantial Completion
- Gross Square Footage (#)
- Number of Stories (#)
- Primary Building Program
- Climate Zone (#)
- Annual Hours of Operation (#)
- Firm signed the AIA 2030 Commitment (Y/N)
Step 5. Enter Specific Metrics required for the 7 applicable categories inputted
Step 6. Confirm that your project follows the requirements
Step 7. Pay registration fee
Step 8. Submit project
Project submissions should provide a short, written narrative in response to the categories listed in the awards criteria section, and include project images or diagrams combined into a single PDF. The file should be no more than 15 pages and 15 MB in size (see details below). The emphasis should be placed on graphics that best inform the jurors about the innovative sustainable design process and solutions that have been developed. Project metrics are to be entered directly into the submittals website.