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AIA COTE Report | Lessons from frequent winners of the AIA COTE Top Ten Award

Source: American Institute of Architects

3-29-2017 | News

Miller Hull is included in this recent report from AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) highlighting habits of high-performance design firms.  We are pleased to be the most consistently awarded firm since program inception in 1997 – with seven wins over twenty years for projects representing great design and environmental sensitivity (see our awards page for more on these projects).

The AIA 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. It sponsors the annual AIA COTE Top Ten Green Award. Of the 130 architecture firms that have received at least one COTE Top Ten Award, 29 have done so more than once and 17 have three or more times. Of those receiving more than three COTE Top Ten Awards, 59 percent have also been recognized as AIA Firm Award recipients.

According to the report these high-performance firms have the following traits:

  • unanimous signing of the AIA 2030 Commitment
  • significantly high project performance for energy, water, and other metrics
  • energy modeling, daylighting modeling, and post-occupancy evaluations as standard practice
  • geographic concentration (47 percent on the West Coast)
  • medium size (average staff number of 75)
  • a high percentage of women in staff (46 percent) and leadership positions (34 percent)
  • low staff turnover (under 10 percent)
  • a high percentage of staff with LEED accreditation (48 percent)


Read the full story at American Institute of Architects