2021: Spectacular Top Ten Juries
By Kira Gould
COTE’s flagship programs are the core of its practice transformation mission, and as such, we take choosing the juries for these programs very seriously. This year, we are honored to have amazing jury teams for both the Top Ten Awards and the Top Ten for Students Competition.
The COTE Top Ten Awards, in its 25th year, is the industry’s best known recognition program for honoring holistic design excellence that includes performance, resilience, and community connections. The Top Ten Measures that have been the heart of that program for years are now also the core of the AIA Framework for Design Excellence. And submitters must provide descriptions about their projects’ achievements in all 10 areas as well as metrics to substantiate performance achievements.
This year’s jury includes Michelle Amt, AIA, who is a Senior Associate and Director of Sustainability at VMDO Architects in Charlottesville, Virginia (and who oversees her firm’s reporting for the AIA 2030 Commitment); Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, founder of Marlon Blackwell Architects in Fayetteville, Arkansas; Renee Cheng, FAIA, who is dean of the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington (and a key voice in the AIA Guides to Equitable Practice, and recently wrote this piece for Architect); Erica D. Cochran Hameen, PhD, NOMA, who is Assistant Professor and co-director of the Center for Building Performance & Diagnostics at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture; and Lynn Simon, FAIA, who heads Google’s Real Estate and Workplace Services Sustainability.
They will consider the submittal documents for dozens of submitted projects, and will be aided in this process by reports from 36 technical reviewers. The technical review process is another element of the Top Ten that sets it apart from other recognition programs. The technical reviewers, who are subject matter experts in various measures, review multiple projects; each project is reviewed at least eight times. Written feedback about reported metrics and other matters is shared with the jury. This year’s technical reviewers include (at this writing): Christine Mondor, FAIA, evolveEA; Tiffany Broyles Yost, AIA, GBBN Architects; Pauline Souza, FAIA, WRNS; Nakita Reed, AIA, Quinn Evans Architects; Kim Shinn, PE, TLC Engineering; Jose Rodriguez, PE, Thornton Tomasetti; Jason Lackie, WSP; Jarrod Siegel, Assoc. AIA, OPN Architects; David Mead, PAE Consulting Engineers; Prem Sundharam, AIA, DLR Group; Julia Siple, AIA, Quinn Evans Architects; Jonathan Weiss, AIA, Jacobs; Jim Nicolow, FAIA, Lord Aeck & Sargent/Katerra; Erin English, PE, Biohabitats; Yetsuh Frank, Building Energy Exchange and NYU; Robert Phinney, AIA, Consortium for Responsible Business; Michael Gamble, College of Architecture/Georgia Tech; Jean Caroon, FAIA, Goody Clancy Architects; Dirk Kestner, PE, Walter P. Moore; Daniel Overby, AIA, Browning Day; Ralph Bicknese, AIA, Hellmuth Bicknese; Matthew VanSweden, Catalyst Partners; Joanna Frank, Center for Active Design; Jaclyn Whitaker, AIA, IWBI; and Brad Guy, AIA, Material Reuse and Catholic University.
The COTE/ACSA Top Ten for Students Competition, now in its seventh year, provides students and faculty with resources to address those 10 measures in a studio setting. Hundreds of submitting student teams describe how their design projects integrate climate adaptive, resilient, carbon-neutral, and equitable strategies to address these measures.
This year’s jury includes Nader Tehrani of NADAAA, who is also Dean of the Irwin Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union; Ray Huff, FAIA, who is Director of the Clemson Design Center and Director/Associate Professor Emeritus at the Clemson Architecture Center and also a founding principal of Huff + Gooden in Charleston, South Carolina; Yasemin Kologlu, who is a design director in SOM’s New York office; Kate Simonen, AIA, SE, who is a professor and chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington and also the executive director of the Carbon Leadership Forum; and Anannya Das, a student at Iowa State University’s School of Architecture (she will graduate in the spring with a Master of Architecture and Minor in Sustainable Environments) who was a Student Competition winner in 2020 and who thereafter did a summer internship, focused on integrated design and building efficiency, with OPN Architects.