By Katie Gerfen
Today, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the winners of the 2020 COTE Top Ten Awards, which are conferred by AIA's Committee on the Environment. Each year, the program recognizes 10 projects that integrate design excellence and environmental performance. One winner receives the COTE Top Ten Plus award—an indication of exemplary proven energy performance and post-occupancy results.
This year's winners include 10 government, education, commercial, and community projects across the United States. Gensler received three awards for projects that focus on adaptive reuse and preserving embodied carbon; Lake | Flato received two awards for projects that have a particular focus on community. This year's COTE Top Ten Plus Award winner is LPA's Environmental Nature Center and Preschool, in Newport Beach, Calif., which uses innovative siting to connect the surrounding community to nature.