COTE Chair letter: April 2018


Angela_Brooks_Headshot.jpgSpring is the perfect time to...celebrate the COTE Top Ten Award winners, which are leading the industry by design that recognizes the realities of our era. It’s also a good time to remind FEMA of the importance of those realities. Recently, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) removed the reference to "climate change" from their strategic plan. This is especially troubling considering that FEMA is responsible for coordinating the government's disaster response. Removal of this key terminology promotes an "alternate reality" and a perception that climate change is not responsible for the increase in many of our natural disasters. As architects and design professionals, we recognize that climate change is a real threat. Please make your voice heard on this issue by signing a letter on behalf of your firm.

COTE members are gearing up for the AIA Conference on Architecture (A’18) in New York City! If you haven’t registered yet, or would like to attend a COTE event, here are just a few highlights: There are a slew of great pre-conference workshops (on Wednesday) to choose from, including Barbra Batshalom’s Getting to 2030: Project Delivery Methodology (WE102). On Thursday we will showcase the COTE Top Ten winners that are Performing Beautifully, and then celebrate them and the amazing student winners at the COTE Top Ten Toast in the evening (8-10pm at the Cook+Fox office after the Radio City keynote). Friday is busy with Beauty & Thermodynamics in Building Skins and Innovation 2030 (featuring the student COTE Top Ten winning submissions). Saturday is all about 2030: 2030 Firm Action Plans for Carbon Neutrality; S, M, L, XL 2030 and the Structure of a Sustainability Charrette. You can find more information about these sessions here.

In honor of Earth Day, congratulations to all of the COTE Top Ten award winners (see professional winners here and student winners here) and to all those firms and students who submitted! Great design comes in all sizes and types; the future is multi-disciplinary and our profession is best suited to provide design solutions from a park bench, to a building and at the scale of a city. How we design our buildings and cities reflects our society’s values and cannot be understated; we have an immense opportunity to shape our future.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in NYC,
Brooks_signature.jpgAngela Brooks, FAIA
2018 Chair, Committee on the Environment