Now in its 16th year, the AIA Commitee on the Environment's (COTE) Top Ten Green Projects competition is calling for entries for 2012. The program solicits environmentally responsible design solutions from architects licensed in the United States. Both new and restoration projects are eligible, and there is no limitation on projects’ size, budget, style, building type, or location. Entrees must have been built and completed after 2002 and before Oct. 23, 2011.

Projects must be submitted online by 8:00 p.m., EST, on Jan. 24. Winners will be notified in April, and their designs will be displayed at the AIA National Convention and Design Exposition, in Washington, D.C., from May 17–19. The official call for entries can be accessed as a PDF. All submissions for 2012 must be submitted via the AIA's website at

The judges for the 2012 competition are Clark S. Brockman, AIA, SERA Architects; Steve Dumez, FAIA, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple; Scott Shell, FAIA, EHDD Architecture; Vivian E. Loftness, FAIA, Carnegie Mellon University; Paul Schwer, PAE Consulting Engineers; and Sue Barnett, Sue Barnett Sustainable Design.

The 2011 Top Ten included a repurposed warehouse in Austin, Texas, which now serves as the headquarters of Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Foundation; a Santa Monica, Calif., apartment complex providing housing for the area’s homeless and disabled; and a structure in Greensburg, Kan., that houses the elementary, middle, and high schools for an entire school district. Profiles of the 2011 winners can be found online at Winners from previous years also are online at