Committee on the Environment (COTE)

The committee reflects the profession's commitment to provide healthy and safe environments for people, and is dedicated to preserving the earth's capability of sustaining a shared high quality of life.

COTE Mission
The Committee on the Environment (COTE) is an American Institute of Architects Knowledge Community working with architects, allied professionals, and the public to achieve climate action and climate justice through design. We believe that design excellence is the foundation of a healthy, sustainable, and equitable future. Our work promotes design strategies that allow people, communities, and our planet to thrive.
COTE Goals
COTE will expand its partnerships, actively listen, and act collectively.
We ENABLE transformation.
COTE will help architects transform their practices for climate action and climate justice.   
We CHRONICLE design excellence.
COTE will elevate stories about people, buildings, and positive change.
We ADVOCATE for change.
COTE will promote policies that advance the AIA’s mission and ours.
We STRENGTHEN our network.
COTE will connect and empower the COTE community and allies.

Meetings: Join us at the Austin Center for Architecture, typically on the first Thursday of the month at 5:30PM. Check the AIA Austin calendar for details.
Connect with COTE: Follow us on our Facebook page, Linked In and Twitter. Sign up for our newsletter!

2023 Chair: Josh Leger, AIA
2023 Chair-Elect: Ekta Khuller, AIA
2023 Past Chair: Ashley Grzywa, AIA
AIA Austin Staff Liaison: Rob Hoffman

COTE Resources The AIA D503™-2020 Guide for Sustainable Projects explains the roles and responsibilities of the owner, architect, and contractor regarding sustainable design and construction projects. It addresses topics such as materials transparency; resilience; environmental product labels and certification systems; and jurisdictional requirements relevant to sustainable projects.

Thank you to our 2023 committee sponsors:

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