Winning Projects

The INNOVATION 2030/COTE Top Ten for Students design competition winning projects have been announced! The top ten projects embraced this year’s challenge of carbon-neutral design while also addressing climate change adaptability and resilience in the built environment.

Over one thousand students and faculty, representing 56 schools of architecture, participated in this year’s design and ideas competition. Here are the top ten projects:

Known Unknowns: Dead Ends Aren’t Dead 

Students: Bianca Lin, Joshua Park, and Wilson Fung, California College of the Arts
Faculty Sponsor: Janette Kim, California College of the Arts

Juror comments: This unorthodox project stood out for its progressive policy proposal, which embraces the spirit of the competition. The students embraced the notion of time, which is important to environmental efforts escalating the project beyond the 10 measures. The graphic design of the submissions is beautiful and memorable. By retrofitting existing houses and inserting new typologies, this project proposes long-term economic stability and solutions to sea level rise.

Studio M: A Template for Sustainability and Wellness in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 

Student: Austen Goodman, Savannah College of Art and Design
Faculty Sponsor: Alice Guess, Savanna College of Art and Design

Juror comments: This well-rounded winning project shows a firm grounding in reality. It displays a good understanding of the 10 measures, with drawings and statistics to embellish every criteria. The building is believable, convincing and could be built in the real world today.

Prescriptive Hydrologies 

Student: Brie Jones, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Faculty Sponsor: Pablo La Roche, Assoc. AIA, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Juror comments: This project stood out for its creative use of water, discovering intelligent and creative new ways of deploying water. The student’s diagrams are strong and show a commendable view at larger environmental issues. The scuba tanks are an entertaining idea on user experience which could be expanded.

The Fourth Place: Sharing Sustainability 

Student: Mary Demro, Montana State University
Faculty Sponsors: Steven P. Juroszek, AIA, Thomas McNab, and Jaya Mukhopadhyay, Montana State University

Juror comments: This well-researched winning project has detailed diagrams and a beautiful graphic representation. It proposes a slightly utopian plan, that is a good social proposition in which people can have their major needs met without traveling. The artistic style of this eye-catching projects has exceptional detail and content, clearly detailing its environmental impact.

Fabricating Wellness

Students: Amy Santimauro, Katelynn Smith, and Joel Bohlmeyer, University of Oregon
Faculty Sponsor: Brook W. Muller, University of Oregon

Juror comments: The jurors were impressed with this winning project which included a production cycle within the building. Water grows the bamboo, which is then used as the primary building material. The student’s emphasis on renewable energy sources, natural ventilation, and sustainable materials is a clever process and program. It shows a good urban prototype by focusing on mixed-use design.

Pier 55: South Philadelphia Community Center 

Student: Caleb Freeze and Michelle Kleva, Marywood University
Faculty Sponsors: Miguel Calvo Salve and Russell B. Roberts, AIA, Marywood University

Juror comments: This winning project brings an interesting and dynamic perspective to South Philadelphia, with a Community Center on a pier over the Delaware River. The building integrates systems, wetlands and architecture into one cohesive language that makes sense in terms of performance. The students created a superb user experience and place to explore.


Students: Nicholas Scribner and Clare Hacko, California College of the Arts
Faculty Sponsor: Evan Jones, California College of the Arts

Juror comments: This interesting study brings attention to climate change and rising sea levels by imagining a floating community in the Maldives. The students understood how to work with a different ground planes and included an exploration of what it would be like if you could see a building from below. Above ocean the design is a simple modern style, while underwater “bladders” create ballast and an ocean microecosystem.

City Centre Glassworks: An Adaptive Reuse Workshop and Experimentation Facility 

Student: Justin Yan, Carleton University
Faculty Sponsors: Sheryl Boyle and Claudio Sgarbi, Carleton University

Juror comments: This adaptive reuse project utilizes the heat from making glass to warm the building and save on energy; a superb adaptation for [Ottawa’s] climate. The buildings programs and systems are well designed and tailored for each other. A wonderful example of this is the rising mist, created from residual heat, brings an element of delight to the project. The architectural exploration is plausible and grounded in reality.

Interconnect: Connecting Paths, Connecting Programs, Connecting People 

Students: Harrison Polk and Madison Polk, Clemson University
Faculty Sponsors: Ulrike Heine, Ufuk Ersoy, and David Franco, Clemson University

Juror comments: This is a sophisticated winning project that shows a promising urban design. The students used the 10 measures to create a well-rounded project. The endeavor to address larger social issues and legal services for refugees are commendable and respected.

Energy Commons: A Hypothetical Replacement for Gas Stations 

Students: Buddy Burkhalter, University of Washington
Faculty Sponsors: David Strauss, AIA, and Louisa Iarocci, University of Washington

Juror comments: This winning project proposes an interesting mixed-use, energy conservation theory: How can people productively use their time while their car is being serviced? Reinventing gas stations and other auto-centric building types will be significant as we re-think the way we live with cars. The students integrated the urban relationship with the driver experience and additional consideration to the non-driver will show a further elevation of the project.

From ACSA and Architect Magazine.

INNOVATION 2030 / COTE Top Ten for Students JURY

These award-winning projects will be displayed and presented during a panel discussion at A’18 – the 2018 American Institute of Architects Conference on Architecture taking place Friday, June 21 at 9:45 am at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.  Additionally, a roundtable discussion about INNOVATION 2030 and design education, featuring the winning faculty members, will be hosted at the Design Futures Council 2018 Leadership Forum on Education and Talent, on June 20th in New York City.