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The Committee on Design (COD) was founded to promote design excellence among members of the AIA, the broader design community, and the public at large, both nationally and internationally.

In April 2019, COD was in San Francisco for it's annual domestic conference. Check out the conference resources and the pictures!

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awards for excellence

  • 1.  awards for excellence

    Posted 05-02-2019 15:54
    "If a building doesn't meet these basic and necessary criteria, it doesn't deserve an award."">">

    Kira Gould
    Kira Gould CONNECT
    Oakland CA

  • 2.  RE: awards for excellence

    Posted 05-03-2019 19:41
    As a past employee of one of the award winning architects from 2018, I am a little biased but offer an appropriate view to historical value. The AIA National awards established an appropriate terminal moment in history for Modernism. Contemporary form has dawned and the classical understanding that has founded the American Institute of Architects hold the key to each respective contemporary project. The COTE Awards have featured incredibly well considered projects but the establishment is adjusting and a critical mass of change was previewed by the lesser known COTE awards. The AIA awards are not worth abandoning, especially considering the Pacific Northwest needs to reminded about antimicrobial southern walls.

    Seth Trotter Assoc. AIA
    Sole Proprietor
    Prescott AZ

  • 3.  RE: awards for excellence

    Posted 05-04-2019 12:09
    Over my objections  the  Silicon Valley AIA, aka Santa Clara Valley AIA, scrapped an award category for  Sustainable Design several  years ago., the  thinking being  that every building project  deserving of an award would be sustainable.   My argument  was  even if  that was  true ( and i'm not convinced  it  is)  sustainability, especially  uniquely creative sustainability  approaches, need to be recognized and supported.  Just giving  out design awards  does not  do  that.
    My last  project before  riding  off  into  the  sunset a  couple  of  years  ago was a  large mid-rise  spec  office  complex with a  glass curtainwall skin.  It was  going to get a LEED Platinum classification because the  mechanical system hit all the  right  notes.  That's  just wrong  in my  book.

    Eugene Ely AIA Emeritus, LEED AP
    San Jose, CA