There are so many things that we can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic: empathy and grace, the critical need for collective action, how to be more purposeful about inequities, the importance of the built environment and individual and collective behavior on public health outcomes, and how our social infrastructure can mobilize when lives are at stake.
At this time of extreme disruption, when our preconceived notion of “normal” is softening, what will we discover and apply going forward?
This month, we celebrate the 2020 COTE Top Ten Award
and Student Competition
winners. A special thank you to our jurors who braved travel to Washington D.C. as shelter-in-place and quarantine measures were going into effect in many communities throughout the U.S.
Their work was simplified, expedited, and greatly informed by the significant effort of our technical reviewers (Kjell Anderson, Josiah Cain, Jean Carroon, Erin English, Thomas Fisher, George Guy, Dirk Kestner, Jason Lackie, David Mead, Daniel Overbey, Robert Phinney, Jose Rodriguez, Kim Shinn, Jarrod Siegel, Julia Siple, Chris Webb, Jonathan Weiss, Liz York), who contributed hundreds of hours earlier this year to evaluate the performance of the submissions. Thank you so very much!
- Bob Berkebile, FAIA, BNIM
- Roy Decker, FAIA, Duval Decker
- William Horgan, Intl. Assoc. AIA, Grimshaw
- Andrea Love, AIA, Payette
- Vivian Loftness, FAIA, Carnegie Mellon University
Since 2015, COTE has hosted a Top Ten Student competition with ACSA. Schools across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico encourage students to explore the ten measures of Design Excellence and submit their studio projects. The ACSA competition site also includes resources
to support faculty in leading their design efforts. We are honored to have the following jurors select this year's Top Ten.
- Assistant Professor Elgin Cleckley- University of Virginia
- Carly Couslon, AIA- COULSON
- Michael Horan- Clemson University, recent student winner
- Tom Kundig, FAIA- Olson Kundig
- Dean Adrian Parr, PhD- University of Texas at Arlington
As mentioned in my April letter, the AIA’s first Climate Action Plan was approved by the Board of Directors in April, along with the 2021-2025 Strategic Plan which clearly calls out the priority of “climate action for human and ecological health.” These documents will be shared broadly in a more polished form soon, but here's a sneak peak.
AIA COTE 2020 Chair