AIA and ACSA Announce the Winners of the 2018/2019 COTE Top 10 for Students Awards

Today, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) announced the winners of the fifth-annual AIA COTE Top 10 for Students awards. The design and ideas competition—which is open to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students at ASCA-member schools in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico—awards work completed in the course of study (either in a design studio or a related class) from January 2018 to the present. Projects were evaluated using the same 10 measures that are featured in the professional COTE Top Ten Awards, which are: integration, community, ecology, water, economy, energy, wellness, resources, change, and discovery.
Each winning project will receive a $500 a stipend to attend the AIA Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas this June, where the winning projects will be on display. Each winning student will also be offered a paid summer internship at a firm that specialize in sustainable design.
This year's jury was made up of Mary Demro of Montana State University; David Dowell, AIA, of El Dorado; Bradford Grant of Howard University; and Matthew Noblett, AIA, of Behnisch Architekten/Partners.

The 2018/2019 ACSA/AIA COTE Top 10 for Students Winners

Philip Riazzi; Cameron Foster
Students: Philip Riazzi and Cameron Foster
School: Clemson University
Professors: Ulrike Heine, David Franco, and Daniel Harding
Jury statement: "The Acclimate project establishes an urban identity strategy that successfully deals with metropolitan density. The repurposing of this parking garage demonstrates the value of reuse and finds a new solution for cultivating quality urban life. The slender towers are programmatically designed to enhance views and daylight in an elegant way, creating a vision for how sustainable architecture might appear in the future."

Cole Robinson and Michael Horan
Transfusion: Tapering Tucson
Students: Cole Robinson and Michael Horan
School: Clemson University
Professors: Ulrike Heine, David Franco, and Daniel Harding
Jury statement: "Transfusion innovatively tests new ideas around multi-occupant buildings and their adaptability. The ideas presented in this project take a holistic design approach, integrating energy generated sustainable strategies alongside community focused initiatives."

Sean Anderson; Tobias Jimenez; and Haley Landenburg
Wallingford W2E
Students: Sean Anderson, Tobias Jimenez, and Haley Landenburg
School: Washington State University
Professors: Omar Al-Hassawi
Jury statement: "The Wallingford W2E project does a terrific job of imagining architecture as infrastructure, an idea of great potential in moving towards a more sustainable future. This optimistic design is innovative on multiple scales including great consideration of human experience. In addition to tackling global issues of waste, this project is well-researched and incorporates details that make the building successful in its specific site."

Haley Teske
“The Happy Land” | An Antiquarium for Torre Annunziata
Students: Haley Teske
School: Montana State University
Professors: Bradford Watson and Jaya Mukhopadhyay
Jury statement: "Happy Land is a compelling urban design proposal that brings a different approach to viewing sustainable living within an existing, and historic, urban fabric. The design promotes public access to cultural heritage and fragile sites, while also acknowledging a dense streetscape and urban scale. Through its research of local economy and the impact of resourcing, the embedded ideas successfully demonstrate new methods of incorporating sustainable strategies in atypical project locations."

Viviani Isnata and Maria Ulloa
Shore of a Hundred Islands
Students: Viviani Isnata and Maria Ulloa
School: California College of the Arts (CCA)
Professors: Evan Jones
Jury statement: "Shore of a Hundred Islands presents an imaginative approach towards the growing issue of rising sea levels. It demonstrates a compelling intersection of traditional form and modern function while also giving careful consideration to aquatic ecology. Within strict programmatic and environmental constraints, the design provides solutions to cultivating both community and privacy."

Thomas Valcourt; Karl Greschner; and Phillippe Bernard
Students: Thomas Valcourt, Karl Greschner, and Phillippe Bernard
School: Université Laval
Professors: Claude Demers and André Potvin
Jury statement: "Dyads is an illustrative example of successful architectural tectonics, particularly micro-climate and envelope design. Given its programmatic and environmental parameters, the design is a successful reflection of combining known sustainable strategies in order to create a symbiotic building system in tune with its site."

Will Letchinger and Jonathan Wilkinson
Après le Déluge
Students: Will Letchinger and Jonathan Wilkinson
School: Rice University
Professors: John Casbarian
Jury statement: "With an overarching goal of addressing resiliency at a historic preservation site, Après le Déluge is an elegant solution to a multivalence of problems. This project combines an unusual mixture of programs with a need for elevating infrastructure and does so in a way where each initiative is supported by the other. Although this project could seek further development, it is a beautiful solution to a complex issue."

Peter Lazovskis and Thomas Schaperkotter
Coolth Capitalism
Students: Peter Lazovskis and Thomas Schaperkotter
School: Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Faculty University: University of British Columbia
Professors: Matthew Soules
Jury statement: "Coolth Capitalism addresses sustainability through a uniquely economic lens and is a fantastic example of ambiguity in architecture. This quasi-dystopian design explores the idea of how slender towers may evolve over time based on real estate and resource availability. Thoughtful research about carbon sequestering, water usage, and energy consumption prompt consideration of new approaches to sustainability in dense urban environments."

Cynthia Suarez-Harris; Ledell Thomas; and Kennia Lopez
The Fly Flat
Students: Cynthia Suarez-Harris, Ledell Thomas, and Kennia Lopez
School: Prairie View A&M University
Faculty: Shelly Pottorf, Shannon Bryant, and April Ward
Jury statement: "The Fly Flat is a hopeful project which transforms modular design into art. The impeccable renderings explore vernacular housing in an innovative way while creating affordable and sustainable residential design. This proposal demonstrates thorough research and discovery of new concepts in working towards meeting its primary goal of how to address climate change in low-income communities."

Catherine Earley; Elena Koepp; and Sabrina Ortiz
Healing Habitats
Students: Catherine Earley, Elena Koepp, and Sabrina Ortiz
School: University of Oregon
Faculty: Brook Muller
Jury statement: "Healing Habitats proposes a method of wellness where architecture directly engages public health. The design is a great example of how low-tech architecture plays a significant role in sustainability. Comprehensive research in this design incorporates current needs facing the site, such as community and ecology, as well as projective concerns of flooding, drought, water and wastewater."