Empower Yourself: The Complete AIA+2030 Online Series is Here

The much anticipated final course of the AIA+2030 Online Series has arrived on AIAU, marking the completion of this highly-rated professional education program.

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…

Shaping the next generation of Architects

Architecture 2030 has teamed up with leading educators in the US to compile cutting-edge courses for Architecture and Planning Schools.

Innovation 2030: The Future is Now

What better way to understand and influence the future than to design for it? That is precisely what an unprecedented one-thousand+ students and faculty, representing over 50 schools of architecture, are undertaking by participating in INNOVATION 2030 / COTE Top Ten for Students…

INNOVATION 2030: Top Architecture Firms Offer Students Paid Summer Internships

Twenty-eight of the top architecture firms in the U.S and Canada are offering paid summer internships to student winners of COTE Top for Students: INNOVATION 2030, this year’s design and ideas competition. Student winners and faculty will be awarded cash prizes and announced at A’18 – the 2018 AIA Convention in New York City attended by 20,000 to 30,000 architects worldwide. Winning faculty will be awarded $2,000 and invited to participate at the Design Futures Council 2018 Leadership Forum on Education and Talent in New York City.

Most of the firms offering internships are listed in ARCHITECT Magazine’s Architect 50 – the top 50 design firms of 2017 – based on scores measured in three separate categories: business, sustainability, and design.


Registration for the INNOVATION 2030/COTE Top Ten for Students design competition closes December 6th, 2017 with submissions due January 17th, 2018.  

All studio projects designed within 2017 (December 1, 2017 to January 31, 2017) are eligible to submit.


This year’s competition focuses on addressing and designing for the future impacts of climate change.  Designs are encouraged to address the COTE Top Ten 10 sustainable design measures ranging from Community to Water to Wellness, but this year’s competition places special prominence on three key aspects of responsive design:

  • Energy and Emissions: design for zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in building operations and minimize embodied carbon for building materials and construction.
  • Adaptation: research and address projected climate change impacts (increased temperatures, heat island effect, heat waves, sea level rise, drought, flooding, extreme weather, food production, etc.) and population shifts within the project site or context.
  • Resilience: enable continued habitability and rapid recovery after shock events, natural disasters, absence of power, or other projected climatic interruptions.

For more information on the INNOVATION 2030/COTE Top Ten for Students design competition, including internship information, registration information, Jury, eligibility and requirements, and deadlines, visit innovation2030.net.

To register directly, please visit the ACSA Registration Page.


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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

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…

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.

Changing the View from the Ivory Tower

When the America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools report changes its ranking criteria after 15 years, professional schools take notice.