The 2021 AIA/ACSA COTE Top Ten for Students Competition invites design solutions integrating health, sustainability, and equity into the design of a building.
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 and innovation that the project has met the ten measures of the Framework for Design Excellence.
A total of $5,000 will be distributed to the winning teams, with each of the top 10 winning projects will receive a $500 stipend to attend the 2021 AIA National Convention. Winning students will be recognized during the 2021 AIA National Convention at the COTE reception.
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