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Competition Info


All projects must be located within an L4, L5 or L6 transect as defined by the Living Building Challenge and within 200 miles of Central Park, as the crow flies. Architects licensed in the U.S. are invited to submit regardless of project size, budget, style, or building type. Entries are welcome and encouraged from both established and new practitioners.

Projects must be built and completed after January 1, 2012 and for at least three months prior to the submission deadline. “Completion” is synonymous with “substantial completion,” as defined in the standard AIA documents governing construction. It is strongly encouraged that projects include a minimum of one (1) year of operational performance data (energy and water).

The entry is to be submitted by the architect (design architect or architect of record.)

The submitting architect may qualify as a member of a design team, whether or not serving as the head of the team. When one architect is not the sole author, all other participants contributing substantially to the design of the project must be given credit as part of the submission, regardless of professional discipline. Project authorship must remain anonymous during jury deliberations. If authorship is revealed on any submission materials—images, plans, or narrative—the entry will be disqualified. A project that credits any 2016 AIANY COTE AWARDS jury member or their firm as architect, associate architect, consultant, or client is ineligible and will be disqualified if submitted.

Entries from firms that have signed onto the AIA 2030 Commitment will be favorably weighted in the judging. Firms can sign onto the AIA 2030 Commitment via the following link.


Registration is required for each project submitted. Registration opens Tuesday, June 6, 2017. All registration and payments must be made online.

Criteria Overview

The awards will favor projects that can demonstrate the full breadth of their process, including images of design and community engagement meetings, draft diagrams, early design development, and post-occupancy collateral.

Connecting the individual experience to a greater context and purpose has always been the role of architecture. Climate change, political stability, energy and water independence, and human health are all responsibilities of the design community. These challenges present new opportunities to enrich the profession—to generate positive impact in the world we build. The AIANY COTE Awards recognize design that brings us closer to solving critical issues facing our communities as achieving the highest level of intention possible in the field of architecture.


Up to three winners will be announced, with honorable mentions awarded at the discretion of the jury. The awarded projects will receive significant recognition, including acknowledgement in AIANY publications and electronic media. Recipients will be asked to give a short presentation about their project at AIANY’s Center for Architecture on November 15, 2017. Recipients may be asked by the AIANY communications department or by various media representatives for additional information about their projects. All submitted materials will become property of AIANY.

Entry Fee

An architect or firm may submit more than one project, but each project requires payment of a separate, non-refundable registration fee. $100 AIA members | $200 non-members.

Awards Schedule

June 6, 2017 – Launch
September 22, 2017 – Extended Submission Deadline
October 17, 2017 – Winners Announced
November 15, 2017 – Winners Presentation

Submission Procedure

Entries must be submitted at the following link. If more than one architecture firm worked on the project, name each firm and describe each firm’s role. Submission is an 8 step process:

1. Register
2. Enter information on project leads
3. Upload One 15 page 11×17 15MB PDF which includes:
– project summary and overview
– 10 200 words statements about each of the 10 categories.
– All entries are to be identified only by an auto generated, 6-character unique identity code, issued at registration. Any identifying mark that could lead to disclosure of the entrant’s identity will be a ground for disqualification. Each page of the submission should include the code on the lower right hand corner.
4. Submit Project information
– Project Location (Municipality, State, Zip code)
– Distance from New York City (From the center of Central Park, as the crow flies
– Date of Substantial Completion
– Gross Square Footage (#)
– Number of Stories (#)
– Primary Building Program
– Climate Zone (#)
– Annual Hours of Operation (#)
– Firm signed the AIA 2030 Commitment (Y/N)
5. Enter Specific Metrics required for the 7 applicable categories inputted
6. Confirm that your project follows the requirements
7. Pay registration fee
8. Submit project

Submission Documents

Project submissions should provide a short, written narrative in response to the categories listed in the awards criteria section, and include project images or diagrams combined into a single PDF. The file should be no more than 15 pages and 15 MB in size (see details below). The emphasis should be placed on graphics that best inform the jurors about the innovative sustainable design process and solutions that have been developed. Project metrics are to be entered directly into the submittals website.

Submission Documents Details

• A maximum of 15 pages (landscape Tabloid/Ledger; 11″ high x 17″ wide) is permitted. The font size should be no smaller than 10 point.
• There are a total of 10 judging categories listed in the awards criteria section. Each should be addressed on a maximum of two sheets. No two criteria should be on the same sheet.
• Each PDF sheet should consist of narrative text and images/illustrations/analysis per entrant’s preferred layout. The text should not exceed 200 words per category. There is no maximum limit for images.
• PDF files should be compiled and saved as one single document.
• All entries are to be identified only by an auto-generated, 6-character unique identity code, issued at registration. Any identifying mark that could lead to disclosure of the entrant’s identity will be a ground for disqualification. Each page of the submission should include the code on the lower right hand corner.
• The language of the competition is English.
• Please provide references as needed in the following format.
E.g. Author(s), (Year of publication – in brackets), Title of publication- in italics, Edition, Publisher.
• All dimensions and analyses to be in Imperial units.
• The submitted documents must not be password protected or encrypted.
• All fonts used must be embedded in the submitted documents.
• All images should be in RGB.
• All submissions are entirely online. No submissions by post or courier are accepted.
• Specific content of the submission can be found in the awards criteria section.

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