Join Architecture 2030 in New York and San Francisco!

Join Architecture 2030 at two upcoming events during A’18 – the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 – in New York City, and at the Carbon Smart Buildings Day in San Francisco.

INNOVATION 2030: Top Ten Projects Announced

The INNOVATION 2030/COTE Top Ten for Students design competition winning projects have been announced! The top ten projects embraced this year’s challenge…

ZERO Code: The Future Has Arrived

Introducing the first national and international ZERO Code for new commercial, institutional, and mid- to high-rise residential buildings. 

INNOVATION 2030: Internships and Jury Announced

Leading design firms across the U.S. and Canada are offering paid summer internships for student winners, and outstanding professionals have been selected to jury the AIA COTE Top Ten for Students Design Competition: INNOVATION 2030.

Architecture 2030, with the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), and in collaboration with Design Intelligence and View Dynamic Glass, has produced this year’s COTE Top Ten for Students – INNOVATION 2030, a student design and ideas competition for adaptable, resilient, and Zero Net Carbon built environments.

As the planet warms and storms, flooding, drought, heat waves, and sea level rise intensify, it is essential that students entering the profession have the knowledge and design skills necessary to address and mitigate the effects of climate change.

– Edward Mazria, CEO and Founder of Architecture 2030


The five Jury members selected for the INNOVATION 2030/COTE Top Ten for Students design competition are accomplished leaders in architectural design, education, and professional practice:

Awards and Internships

Ten winning student projects will be awarded $2,000 each and recognized in architectural press and at the A’18 (AIA Conference on Architecture 2018) in New York City, and each student from a winning project team (1 to 3 students per team) will be offered a paid summer internship at a leading design firm in the U.S. or Canada.

Design studio faculty sponsors of the winning projects will be recognized for their leadership and innovative design instruction, awarded $2,000, and invited to participate in the Design Futures Council 2018 Leadership Forum on Design Education in New York City, just prior to A’18.

Top design firms offering one or more summer internships include the following, with more firms signing up every week:

For internship locations and detailed information, visit the INNOVATION 2030 and ASCA websites.


Innovation 2030 Supporters

We would also like to thank the supporters of the INNOVATION 2030 student design competition:


AIA COTE Top Ten for Students Sponsor

On the EDGE of a Global Transformation

International Finance Corporation and Architecture 2030 Collaborate on Zero Net Carbon Buildings for the developing world.

We’re delighted to announce that Architecture 2030 and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, have partnered to support the international architecture and building community in designing zero net carbon (ZNC) buildings worldwide.

IFC created the EDGE program, a green building certification system with free online software for emerging markets. As part of the partnership, EDGE software has been enhanced to include carbon reporting, as well as recognition for the procurement of off-site renewable energy and carbon offsets. This improvement will support building projects in dense urban areas, which first target on-site efficiency strategies and then add or procure renewable energy in order to reach ZNC, as defined by Architecture 2030.

“With the anticipated and unprecedented growth of the building sector in China, India, and other developing countries, it is essential that designers have the capability to measure the energy and emissions impacts of their projects and immediately target ZNC as a viable design strategy.”

– Edward Mazria, CEO and Founder of Architecture 2030


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2030 Challenge International Benchmarks Set

Architecture 2030 will also be integrating the energy consumption baselines from IFC’s EDGE into its Zero Tool, which is used by architects to estimate building fossil fuel energy consumption baselines and targets. EDGE baselines are sophisticated sets of city-based climate and cost data, consumption patterns, and algorithms for a variety of building types in 131 countries. Achieving ZNC in these fast growing markets will be critical to reaching the targets set by the Paris Agreement. Of the approximately 672 billion square feet estimated to be built worldwide by 2030, 78% will be in EDGE-covered countries (42% in China and India alone).

This announcement also serves to support the growing number of international firms striving to meet the 2030 Challenge targets, including those participating in the American Institute of Architects’ 2030 Commitment. In the 2016 reporting period for the Commitment, over 2.5 billion square feet of projects reported (or 28% of total floor space) were in EDGE-covered countries. The AIA also supports the use of EDGE baselines by encouraging signatories of the 2030 Commitment to use the EDGE software when benchmarking international projects.

“EDGE provides locally relevant baselines for the international design community, and the inclusion of onsite and offsite renewable energy is critical for zero net carbon buildings in rapidly urbanizing areas.”

– Vincent Martinez, COO of Architecture 2030

> see press release here

INNOVATION 2030 – A Student Competition to Transform the Course of Design

The INNOVATION 2030 student design competition has launched. INNOVATION 2030 seeks to transform design studio education and professional practice through a design and ideas competition…

Demonstrate Your Building’s Performance with the ILFI Reveal Label

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) has collaborated with Architecture 2030 to update their Reveal label – an easy-to-understand method of displaying the energy performance of a building.

Reveal is designed for owners, managers, architects, 2030 Challenge adopters, and AIA 2030 Commitment signatories who want the validation and confirmation of third-party verification for their building’s energy performance.

The Reveal label displays a building’s:

  • Energy use intensity
  • Zero Energy Performance Index (ZEPI) score
  • Reduction in energy use from the 2030 Challenge baseline
  • Onsite and offsite renewable energy generation (if applicable)

The Reveal label provides a clear, third-party verified program for validating reaching the 2030 Challenge targets or achieving a Zero Net Carbon building.

– Edward Mazria, Founder and CEO, Architecture 2030.

Reveal – Using the Architecture 2030 Zero Tool

2030 Commitment signatories and 2030 Challenge adopters can use Architecture 2030’s new Zero Tool to generate post-occupancy building data and submit that data to the Reveal program for third-party verification that a project meets the Challenge targets.

2030 District members can also demonstrate that their buildings meet the 2030 Challenge targets through the Zero Tool, and have their building’s performance third-party verified by submitting data from the Zero Tool to the Reveal program.


More Information

For more details on the Reveal label and how to apply for a label, visit the ILFI website.

You can learn more about the Zero Tool here.

The Zero Tool Is Here!

Architecture 2030 introduces the Zero Tool, a free innovative online application that allows architects, designers, engineers, building owners and managers, and policymakers to calculate building energy consumption baselines and targets.

Support Architecture 2030!

Throughout 2017, three intrepid members of the Architecture 2030 staff will train for and undertake 40-mile hiking and 200-mile biking fundraising events. Donating to these adventures is the first time individuals have had the chance to support the work of Architecture 2030 directly.

To highlight the local impacts of climate change on sensitive ecosystems while raising money for Architecture 2030, Erin McDade and Lindsay Rasmussen will be taking part in a four-day hike in the Glacier National Park in Montana, while Andrew Lee will be undertaking a four-day bike ride around the Puget Sound.


Erin and Lindsay will be hiking more than 40 miles in the stunning Glacier National Park in Montana.

“While hiking, we’ll see first-hand the impacts of climate change on Glacier National Park,” said Research Intern Lindsay. “Tying particular places to the global work we do is one of the great opportunities of this hike.”

The ride and hike are organized by our friends at Climate Ride, a non-profit organization that puts on multi-day expeditions to raise funds for climate change focused organizations.

“I’m so passionate about the work that we do at Architecture 2030 that I can’t wait for this opportunity to get outside and raise awareness and support for our efforts,” said Program Manager Erin.

Up to now, most of Architecture 2030’s work supporting climate change action in the building sector has been funded by foundation grants or contributions from architecture firms. For the first time, individuals have the opportunity to support Architecture 2030’s programs and initiatives by sponsoring our dedicated team.


Andrew will be riding 200 miles around the Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest.

“Putting in the training to ride 50 miles a day throughout the event will be tough,’ said Project Manager Andrew, “But knowing that every mile I ride will generate donations to support our work will keep me going.”

We’ll be bringing you more information about their training and preparation before they embark on their trips, and checking in with them once they return from their adventures.

To support Erin, Lindsay, and Andrew (and the work of Architecture 2030) you can donate to their Climate Ride team page today!

2030 Curriculum Project: New Courses

Five Additional Courses Selected for 2016-2017 Academic Year

New courses have been added to the 2030 Curriculum Project, Architecture 2030’s initiative to support courses at US architecture and planning schools that ‘fully integrate lessons in energy use, emissions, and resiliency into the widest possible range of projects and topic areas, and across all year levels.’

These five courses join others selected for the 2030 Curriculum Project in the fall of 2016, recently called ‘The 7 Best Sustainable Design Courses in America’ by Metropolis magazine.

All twelve courses represent creative and resourceful efforts by faculty and program chairs to integrate critical issues of sustainability in new and unique ways. These are innovative models for transforming the way sustainable design is taught in US architecture and planning schools, particularly in core and early design studios, history courses, electives, and other program areas where this material is not traditionally or adequately addressed.

Architecture 2030 looks forward supporting these inspiring faculty and sharing the successful outcomes of their teaching.

Here are the details on the five new courses:

UC Berkeley, Environmental Design
Gabriel Kaprelian and A. Ghigo DiTommaso, with Chrissie Bradley
DISC*2017 (Design and Innovation for Sustainable Cities) Studio, Summer 2017
DISC* is an intensive five-week summer program that explores an interdisciplinary and multi-scalar approach to design and analysis in the urban environment. Through lectures, urban seminars, workshops, field studies, and studio work, students will engage in discourse and design that aim to address the challenges of urbanism with innovative and sustainable solutions. DISC* 2017 will focus on the urbanized waterfront around the San Francisco Bay Area – addressing population increase, social inequity, infrastructure needs, and the effects of climate change and sea level rise.
UMASS Amherst, Architecture
Ajla Aksamija
ARCH 601-1 Graduate Design Studio IV, Spring 2017
This high-performance building design studio is paired with an elective seminar, ARCH 591 S-1 Sustainable and High Performance Facades. The design problem is a ZNE research laboratory in East Boston. Instruction will focus on energy analysis and simulation, the integration of passive and active building systems, new materials for high-performance envelopes, and the design process for optimizing building performance.
University of Oregon, Architecture
Brook Muller
ARCH 4/584 Intermediate Architectural Design Studio:
‘Hydro-Logical Architecture for the Urban Watershed,’ Winter 2017
This studio highlights the inseparability of water and energy concerns.  Site and building water systems (for rainwater harvest, conveyance, treatment, recycling, discharge, etc.) can drive planning, programming, and other design decisions in high-performance buildings, and can even be a part of passive solutions for heating and cooling. A team of outside consultants advised in crafting the design brief and will assist students and participate in reviews throughout the quarter.
Portland State University, Architecture
Corey Griffin and B.D. Wortham-Galvin, with Kalina Vander Poel
ARCH 232 Architecture and Cultural History III, with Building Science Lab to Advance Teaching (BUILT) Integration, Spring 2017
This course integrates building science performance analysis with an architectural history survey course. During a four-week learning unit at the beginning of the semester, students will work in teams to collect and analyze data from historic buildings in Portland using tools and training provided by BUILT. Awareness and understanding of building performance in the historic context will complement other analyses of these buildings over the course of the term.
University of Wyoming, Civil & Architectural Engineering
Gang Tan and Anthony Denzer
ARE 4920 Energy Engineering and Economics, Spring 2017
Taught by members of the Building Energy Research Group (BERG), this new project-based course relates design decisions to the economic realities of energy use and policy. This course examines the energy chain from exploration and production to consumption. Students will learn about electricity markets, renewables, embodied energy, carbon accounting, variable pricing, and incentives, and they will use economic concepts such as return-on-investment, net present value, asset depreciation, and risk to inform design decisions for projects at multiple scales.  

Photo shows final reviews for Arch 401at Ball State University, College of Architecture and Planning – the studio participated in the 2030 Curriculum Project pilot. The jury are (left to right): Lora Teagarden, AIA, RATIO Architects; Craig von Deylan, AIA , BLACKLINE; Michele Chiuini, Professor of Architecture, Ball State University; Anthony Guida, AIA, Architecture 2030; Drew White, FAIA, AXIS Architecture.