2020 AIASF COTE Sustainability Symposium Leading By Design

October 7- October 9, 2020

With escalating climate impacts alongside a world-altering pandemic and major societal shifts, architects have reached a critical crossroads. Our clients, government, and our professional organization are prompting a redefinition of design excellence that integrates sustainability and equity as a new standard for the built environment. This 3-day Sustainability Symposium explored how design firms of all sizes and types can enhance their sustainable design leadership efforts, and thrive in changing times.

2020 Leading By Design Exhibition

October 7 - October 31, 2020
The Leading by Design Exhibition features photographs and videos, submitted by a diverse group of designers and curated by Filmmaker Richard Neill, providing a wide-angle view of some of today’s best private and public realm work. Its intent is to showcase noteworthy building and urban design projects from around the world that express exemplary values in health and social equity, resiliency, and energy conservation.


Committee on the Environment

COTE serves as the voice of AIA architects on sustainable design, building sciences and performance. As advocates to the profession, building industry, academy, and public, COTE advances design practices that integrate built and natural systems, and that enhance both the quality and environmental performance of the built environment.

AIA Committee on the Environment National Resources on Sustainability and the Environment

The AIA Strategic Plan 2021-25 was released this month. Priority: It includes Climate Action!

The AIA’s Where We Stand statement emphasizes the AIA’s commitment to fighting climate change and AIA member’s ethical and environmental responsibilities.

AIA Framework for Design Excellence incorporates the former COTE Top Ten Toolkit

AIA Resilience Tools: Understanding Resilience and Qualities of Resilience, and How to Integrate Resilience into your Practice.

AIA’s Architect’s Guide to Business Continuity + free webinar