The AIA COTE Advisory Group

The AIA/COTE Advisory Group (known as the AG) is a group (at least five or as many as 12) of AIA member representing different constituencies (firm sizes, regions, etc.). They serve a term of three years on the AG, unless they are elected chair, which adds one year as “past chair” to the tenure. The group works on several task areas, including awards, advocacy, communications, and research. (Each group has additional member volunteers as well.) The AG meets twice a year in person (early spring and fall).

Each year there is a call for applicants, who can be nominated by others or themselves (often by current AG members, with an eye toward filling the slate to reflect membership and AG priorities). These names go through a careful discussion and voting process by the current AG, looking across many variables (each individual’s expertise, interests, firm size, geographic region, etc.), to come up with a final selection of three or four potential candidates who then are confirmed by conversation before finalizing. AG members are then officially appointed by the AIA President.

The chair of the AG serves one calendar year and is selected by the AG members (through a dynamic governance process). Typically the chair is chosen from those who have already served one year on the AG.  

The 2020 call for nominations will open in the fall of 2019.

Learn more about the application process >


2018 Members

Angela Brooks, FAIA | 2018 Chair
Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Los Angeles

Angie Brooks is Co-Principal of Brooks + Scarpa and sees architectural design and building performance as an instrument for the triple bottom line. She has pursued this philosophy through her practice and advocacy with policy organizations, leading to mainstream recognition such as the USA Network 2010 Character Approved Award. Angie was a co-founder and past President of Livable Places, Inc., a non-profit development company dedicated to building sustainable mixed-use housing in Los Angeles on under-utilized parcels of land as a reaction against Southern California’s suburban sprawl. She received the National AIA Young Architects Award in 2009 and her firm has received nineteen National AIA awards, five Top Ten Green Building awards, the State of California and National AIA Architecture Firm Award in 2010 and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture in 2014.


Webp_net-resizeimage__4_.jpg Julie Hiromoto, AIA
New York

Throughout Julie’s almost 20-year career, she has excelled at balancing design excellence and technical expertise to realize complex and large-scale commercial, residential and mixed-use towers (including One World Trade Center), hospitality and corporate headquarter interiors, and urban design master planning. She pursues her passion for socially responsible design and the integration of research in practice with her work launching the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) and the HKS Global Design Council. Julie is a recognized leader in the local and national sustainable design community. She has taught at NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate since 2009 and serves on the School of Professional Services Dean’s Adjunct Advisory Group.


Stephanie Horowitz, AIA
ZeroEnergy Design

Stephanie is Managing Director of ZeroEnergy Design (ZED), a green architecture and energy consulting firm specializing in new construction and major renovations. The firm’s commitment to innovative and ecologically sensible design is reflected in their multidisciplinary knowledge base, which spans the fields of architecture, mechanical engineering and finance. ZED is committed to designing homes and buildings that use 50% less energy than building code requires, in pursuit of energy independence. Stephanie is a recipient of the AIA’s Earl R. Flansburgh Young Architects Award and was awarded Boston Home Magazine's Best Green Architect. In addition to her role at ZED, Stephanie has served on the Massachusetts Designer Selection Board and is a founding board member of Passive House Massachusetts. Stephanie is a Certified Passive House Consultant and a Massachusetts Registered Architect.


Hubbard_Gunnar.jpg Gunnar Hubbard, FAIA
Thornton Tomasetti
Portland, Maine

Gunnar Hubbard is a recognized leader in high performance, low energy, and healthy buildings across the United States and in Asia, and Europe. He has 25 years of experience as a licensed architect, consultant, educator and advocate. His works spans from airports, to office buildings, to institutional, to affordable housing. As a principal and Thornton Tomasetti’s Sustainability practice leader, he oversees green building experts in the New York City, London, San Francisco, Boston, and Portland, Maine, offices and collaborates with the firm’s nine other practices and all offices. In 2015, he was accepted as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and in 2012 he became a LEED Fellow. He has a Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon, and B.S. from the University of Vermont.


Varun Kohli, AIA
New York

Varun Kohli is a sustainable design leader based in HOK’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Technical Board. He leads sustainable design and management efforts for regional and global projects. With over 18 years of experience, Varun has been a strong proponent of leveraging an integrated design process and environmental analytics to create smarter design solutions. Prior to joining HOK, he founded Merge Studio, a design studio fundamentally grounded on principles of environmentally responsive design. In 2010, Varun was honored with a Professional Achievement Award by the Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects. He has taught courses at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and frequently speaks at academic and industry events. Varun currently serves on the Programs Committee of the Urban Green Council (New York) and the Advisory Group for Architect and Interiors India magazine.


Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA
St. Louis

Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA LEED AP BD+C, was a founder of the sustainable design initiative at HOK, a global design firm whose pioneering green leadership has helped propel sustainability from a fringe activity to a significant mainstream movement shaping the future of architecture. She served as Firmwide Director of Sustainable Design at HOK for over a decade where she led the implementation of sustainable strategies in all of HOK’s work. Mary Ann recently served as the Resident Fellow on Sustainability and Design for Health at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and authored the AIA’s Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan. Mary Ann now leads a consultancy focused on accelerating shifts in design of the built environment to sustainable and resilient outcomes. Mary Ann is an Adjunct Faculty at Washington University in St. Louis and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Resilient Design Institute.


Marsha Maytum, FAIA
Leddy Maytum Stacy
San Francisco

Marsha Maytum FAIA, LEED AP, is a founding Principal at Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSA) in San Francisco. For over 30 years Marsha has focused her career on community, cultural, and socially-responsible projects that promote sustainable design. Her work has included the creation of new buildings, rehabilitation of historic buildings, and adaptive reuse of existing structures. LMSA has received over 100 regional, national and international design awards and has been recognized by organizations including the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, National Trust for Historic Preservation, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Green Building Council, and the 2014 ICC National Leadership in Sustainability Award. Eight of the firm’s projects have been named AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects in the U.S. LMSA recently received the 2017 National AIA Architecture Firm Award. Marsha is a frequently invited juror and critic and has lectured nationally on the topics of sustainable design and adaptive reuse. She has been the Pietro Belluschi Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon, the Howard A. Friedman Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a visiting professor at the California College of the Arts.


VS_Bio.jpg Vikram Sami, AIA
Olson Kundig Architects

Vikram Sami has been working on high performance design for over eighteen years, combining technical expertise with a love of design. Since joining Olson Kundig in 2016, Vikram has infused the firm with his infectious curiosity about how buildings can best support the health and well-being of their occupants. Vikram is passionate about working with design teams to help imbue the design process with creative questions about building performance. Vikram’s current areas of research include natural ventilation, building simulation techniques, thermal comfort and post-occupancy evaluations.


Anne Schopf, FAIA
Mahlum Architects

Anne Schopf FAIA is Design Partner at Mahlum Architects, a 78-year-old architectural firm with offices in Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Under her leadership, Mahlum received the 2014 Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects Northwest and Pacific Region (AIA NWPR). Mahlum is respected for its thoughtful, community-oriented work serving educational, healthcare, and private clients. In addition, Anne was the 2013 recipient of the AIA NWPR Medal of Honor, recognizing excellence in design, the practice of architecture, architectural education, and service to the profession; and two of her projects at Mahlum have been recognized with AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Green Projects Awards. Since 2007, Anne has been actively involved with the AIA’s Committee on Design (COD) and AIA Seattle.


rsz_squire_corey.jpg Corey Squire, AIA
Lake Flato Architects
San Antonio
Corey Squire is the Sustainability Manager at Lake|Flato Architects, a firm that focuses on regional and site based strategies to create buildings that are respectful in their use of natural resources and promote occupant happiness. Corey works with all project teams to establish sustainability goals, analyze designs with performance modeling software, and collect post-occupancy performance data. He also coordinates the Lake|Flato R&D Program and manages the firm’s sustainability knowledge via the intranet. Outside the office, Corey co-leads the San Antonio Committee On The Environment and has taught design and sustainability courses at Tulane University and The University of Texas San Antonio. In 2012, Corey was awarded the Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Research Fellowship to study post-occupancy energy performance and data collection techniques.


Tate Walker, AIA
OPN Architects
Madison, WI

Tate Walker is the Director of Sustainability at OPN Architects and leads projects and initiatives across the firm’s four offices. His experience is rooted in the architectural design process, but also includes program and project management, and the development of technical guidelines for high performing buildings. He has served many organizations over the course of his career, including cities and universities, AIA’s Committee on the Environment and the USGBC’s Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group. Tate firmly believes that the nexus between architecture and energy provides leadership opportunities for architects as creative problem solvers, particularly for those willing to stretch their practice beyond its traditional boundaries.

Joining the Advisory Group

Submission requirements

  • Letter of interest including a vision (of what would you like to accomplish during your appointment as an AG member
  • Resume including: 
    • Professional accomplishments 
    • Skills (include curriculum vitae outlining learning environment design, awards, publications, speaking events, knowledge sharing; what are the particular skills that you would bring to the committee that complement the existing AG).
  • Letter of commitment (include a statement of commitment from a leader in your firm that demonstrates your firm’s commitment to supporting your involvement as an AG member)

The American Institute of Architects actively promotes a diverse profession, including race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation. COTE strives to be an inclusive Knowledge Community representing diversity of thought, geographic diversity, both traditional and non-traditional practice and as well as providing opportunities for seasoned professionals, associate members, and young architects.

The 2020 application process will open in the fall of 2019.

Questions? Contact Melissa Morancy at melissamorancy@aia.org