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The AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE®) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment. Expand your positive impact: Engage in our advocacy efforts. Enjoy our last newsletter (and follow us on Twitter). To learn about the Framework for Design Excellence (formerly the COTE Top Ten Measures), click here >

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evolving design awards: the Common App

  • 1.  evolving design awards: the Common App

    Posted 11-08-2019 13:08
    I have been asked a few times about efforts to evolve design awards, which is something that COTE has championed for years. In recent months, COTE leaders, including Anne Schopf and Corey Squire, have developed the Common App to help bring the measures (the AIA Framework for Design Excellence) into any design awards program, and streamline (and standardize) entry processes. This COTE initiative that is currently being beta tested by a few Knowledge Communities. 

    Here are some resources about the state of this effort:

    an overview of the effort ---

    Moving toward design awards that support climate action
    by Anne Schopf, FAIA, and Corey Squire, AIA
    from the COTE newsletter, August 2019,%20Equity,%20and%20Alignment%20for%20Climate%20Change

    a COTE memo about the Common App
    a PDF (static) of the Common App

    We will continue to update AIA members as this initiative develops. Already, numerous chapters have expressed interest or have begun to evolve their design awards programs to utilize this framework. 

    Kira Gould
    Kira Gould CONNECT
    Oakland CA


  • 2.  RE: evolving design awards: the Common App

    Posted 11-20-2019 10:07
    Thank you! This is very helpful as we plan our next Design Awards program.

    Jeannette Schram
    Executive Director
    AIA Maine
    Portland ME

  • 3.  RE: evolving design awards: the Common App

    Posted 11-25-2019 10:41
    Thank you, Kira!  AIA Western Massachusetts will use these materials as we consider how to change our award programs.

    Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham
    Senior Campus Planner
    University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Amherst, MA

    Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham AIA
    Senior Campus Planner
    University of Massachusetts
    Amherst MA