COMMITTEES
COMMITTEE ON THE ENVIRONMENT
PHOTO: UCI Mesa-Court Towers. Mithun. Photo Detail: Bruce Damonte

The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment. COTE serves as the community and voice on behalf of AIA architects regarding sustainable design.


Principles

COTE is dedicated to preserving the earth’s capacity to sustain a shared, high quality of life, and reflects the architecture profession’s commitment to provide healthy and safe environments for people, while preserving our natural resources.  The committee’s directive is to lead and coordinate the profession’s involvement in environmental and energy-related issues and to promote the role of the architect as a leader in preserving and protecting the planet and its living systems.

Activities

As committee of the AIA COTE strives to educate and inform the (design) community about environmental and preservation issues, and advises the Institute on policy matters affecting the practice of architecture.

Advocacy and outreach for educators, students, public and private institutions through is provided through various formats, including symposia, lecture series, architecture tours and educational programs.


UPCOMING COMMITTEE EVENTS
7.21.18 | 10AM-12PM
UCLA Engineering VI Tour
Prominently located on Westwood Plaza, Engineering VI presents a new face for the School of Engineering and provides a range of sophisticated research environments and gathering spaces.
8.3.18 | 3PM-5PM
The SIX Veterans Housing Tour
The Six offers 52 welcoming and supportive homes to individuals who have experienced homelessness, with 18 of them set aside specifically for veterans. Join AIALA COTE for a tour of this multi-award-winning LEED Platinum building.

2°C: A SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE
3.2.2018
2°C
In 2018, COTE produced the first annual AIA|LA Symposium on Climate Change: 2°C.
The 2°C Symposium was intended to unify the public, the architectural design community and the building industry to discuss and address the sustainability issues challenging our society today.

PAST EVENTS
6.29.18 | 3:00-5:00PM
Shriners for Children Medical Center Tour
The new Shriners for Children Medical Center in Pasadena, California represents a paradigm shift in the care model that moves from an inpatient to a largely outpatient model. >

COMMITTEE CHAIRS
CHAIR
Simone Barth-Auster, Assoc. AIA
CO-CHAIR
Tighe Lanning, Assoc. AIA
STAFF LIAISON
Kirstin Jensvold-Rumage

CREDITS
PHOTO: Banner: UCI Mesa-Court Towers. Mithun. Detail of image by Bruce Damonte