AIA Top 10


Case studies are currently organized by project type. In the future, you will be able to search the case studies database by a variety of criteria, including by cross-referenced building materials listed on Green Building Pages and by key sustainable design and construction features.


 AIA Top 10 2002


Edificio Malecon


Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK)


The design team was charged with creating "the most technologically advanced" office building in the city within the context of a traditional speculative building pro forma.

Implicit in this mandate was the need to design a building that functioned at the cutting edge of key technologies within this market. The team would search for highly innovative solutions in terms of the floorplate configuration, building envelope technologies, integration of data and telecommunications, efficient HVAC systems, and improved control technologies.

Oberlin College Lewis Center

Oberlin, OH

William McDonough + Partners



The Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies is located on the Oberlin College campus in Oberlin, Ohio. It houses classroom and office space, an auditorium, a small environmental studies library and resource center, a wastewater-purification system in a greenhouse, and an open atrium.

The hope remains that the building not only serve as a space in which to hold classes, but also, according to Professor Orr, "help to redefine the relationship between humankind and the environment."

Green Building Challenge

Zero Energy Building

Navy Building 850

Port Hueneme, CA

CTG Energetics


Building 850 serves as one of the U.S. Navy's two "Energy Showcase" facilities to demonstrate applications of the latest concepts in energy-efficient and sustainable facility design, construction and operation. Located in Port Hueneme in Ventura County, California, the building is home to Naval Base Ventura County Public Works Department and provides Naval staff with direct exposure to and experience with green building principles. The project includes a 10,000 ft2 (950 m2) remodel and a 7,000 ft2 (650 m2) addition.

The project serves not only as a functioning green building but also as a living laboratory and educational tool for emerging sustainable design and technologies. The building was carefully designed to take advantage of the mild climate and make use of passive systems that have been integrated with the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems through an iterative design process to achieve maximum efficiency and indoor environmental quality.

U.S. Green Building Council LEED-NC, v.2/v.2.1 -- Level: Gold (40 points)

National Wildlife Federation Headquarters

Reston, VA

Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK)


The building houses office space as well as an education and training center dedicated to education outreach. The J. D. Hair Center, which is located on the ground level, receives visitors of all ages interested in learning about wildlife and conservation. NWF embraced the tension between its ideals and its program funding objectives and described its vision for the building as one that would follow a "common sense and common ground" approach to conservation.

The goal for the new facility was to create an inspiring, healthy workplace with modern communication tools and daily contact with wildlife and their habitats in order to foster continuous learning and advance educational outreach. Additional goals identified by NWF included the desire to enhance quality of life and productivity; to encourage community, teamwork, and collegiality; and to reflect the history and culture of NWF.

Bank of Astoria

Manzanita, OR

Tom Bender, Architect



Camp Arroyo

Livermore, CA

Siegel & Strain Architects



Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities

Ankeny, IA

RDG Bussard Dikis



Pier 1

San Francisco, CA




Puget Sound Environmental Learning Center

Bainbridge Island, WA



Tofte Cabin

Tofte, MN

Sarah Nettleton Architects




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