AIA Top 10


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 AIA Top 10 2010


355 11th Street


San Francisco, CA

Aidlin Darling Design

Contact: Joshua Aidlin
(415) 974-5603

355 Eleventh is a LEED-NC Gold adaptive reuse of a historic (and previously derelict) turn-of-the-century industrial building. The building's original timber frame structure was retained and seismically upgraded. Both a new exterior envelope and new interior were provided to serve the building's current role as a multi-tenant workspace. tTe project site is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The design team successfully championed a strategy of introducing subtle perforations into the new zinc cladding to allow light and air into the occupied spaces beyond, maintaining the stoic character of the original building without the visual introduction of new fenestration.

Homer Science and Student Life Center

Atherton, CA

Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects


Contact: William Leddy
(415) 495-1700

The 44,109-square foot building incorporates an unusual hybrid program of eight sophisticated science classrooms, a 700-seat auditorium, a 350-seat dining hall with full commercial kitchen, and administrative offices in spaces that inspire scientific inquiry, foster a strong learning community and promote environmental stewardship. The project anticipates a LEED Platinum certification.

The site energy use is reduced by 69% from the national average for schools and exceeds the goal set for the 2030 Challenge. Potable water use is also educed by over 50%,

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology

Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Contact: Colin Rohlfing
(312) 782-1000

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a new international, graduate-level research university established to drive innovation in science and technology and to support world-class research in areas such as energy and the environment. KAUST's new campus is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's first LEED certified project and the world's largest LEED Platinum project.

The team was challenged to create a contemporary work of architecture that would resonate with the global scientific community while being firmly rooted in local Saudi culture. The team was asked to design an institution of the highest physical quality at a historically unprecedented speed—from conception to completion in just three years.

Kroon Hall

New Haven, Connecticut

Centerbrook Architects and Planners; Hopkins Architects

Contact: Michael Taylor
01144-2077-241-751 (UK)

The architects and the university wanted Kroon Hall to set a new standard for schools around the country. It had to function not simply as a sustainable overlay that offset unsustainable practices in people's everyday lives but as something that inspired and encouraged people to alter their lives and become more sustainable citizens. This was accomplished through a mix of active and passive design measures and visible, invisible and interactive building features. The 100-year lifespan building will run on nearly 60% fewer resources than its conventional peers.

Manassas Park Elementary School + Pre-K

Manassas Park, VA

VMDO Architects, P.C.

Contact: Stephen Davis
(434) 296-5684


MPES is fundamentally designed around the premise that people, especially children, cannot be expected to preserve or protect something they do not understand. As such, the school is conceived throughout as a teaching tool that shepherds children along a path of environmental stewardship. Inside and out, sustainable design is integrated with the elementary curriculum. Design decisions were made with the expressed goal of showcasing as many teachable moments as possible. A comprehensive signage program reinforces each teachable moment by highlighting green building facts, demystifying sustainable building systems, and describing flora and fauna found in the adjacent forest.

Manitoba Hydro Place

Winnipeg, MB

Smith Carter Architects and Engineers; Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

Contact: Bruce Kuwabara
(416) 977-5104

Manitoba Hydro Place introduces the next generation of sustainable, energy-efficient architecture developed under a formal Integrated Design Process. The design fuses time-tested principles such as massing, orientation, and exposed thermal mass with immediate digital analysis and computerized building management systems to create a climate-responsive design that relies on passive energy while delivering design excellence and, most importantly, fostering the wellbeing of employees. The 700,000 square foot, 22-story office tower acheives an64.9% energy savings.

Omega Center for Sustainable Living

Rhinebeck, NY

BNIM Architects

Contact: Laura Lesniewski
(816) 783-1554

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) is a purposeful building and site, designed to clean water, return the clean water to the local systems, and educate users about the process. The design team selected engineered biological wastewater treatment system technologies to clean the water using natural systems including the earth, plants and sunlight. The entire building and water process use site harvested renewable energy achieving a net zero energy system. This required the facility to be free of waste (volume, material, energy), organized, and carefully tuned to harvest solar energy for passive heating and lighting, using the entire mass for thermal comfort.

Special No. 9 House

New Orleans, Louisiana


Contact: KieranTimberlake
(215) 922-6600

Key goals were to create safe, healthy and dignified housing to residents in a flood-prone area, and to empower residents to return to improved living conditions that take advantage of New Orleans' climate and express its deep cultural heritage. It was important to create a design that could outperform the typical American home in energy performance and health through the efficient application of better insulation, efficient systems, and non-toxic materials, rather than through the addition of complex and expensive environmental technologies. The Special No. 9 House achieved a LEED Platinum rating with this approach.

Twelve West

Portland, OR

ZGF Architects LLP

Contact: ZGF Architects LLP

Twelve West was designed to achieve the highest levels of urban sustainability, and is expected to earn a Platinum rating under both LEED for New Construction and LEED for Commercial Interiors rating systems. Energy-use reduction was a primary driver of the design. Simulations predict energy savings of 45% over a baseline code building, which are due to a combination of passive approaches such as daylighting, natural ventilation, and night-flush of thermal mass. A 47% reduction in potable water use is predicted through use of efficient fixtures, low-water roof plantings, and rainwater reuse.

Watsonville Water Resource Center

Watsonville, CA


Contact: Pauline Souza
(415) 489-2224

The Water Resources Center is a functional, educational, and visual extension of the water recycling plant it supports. The new 16,000 square foot building consolidates three different city and county water departments into a workspace that allows for thoughtful and continuous collaboration on issues of water management, conservation, and quality in the Pajaro Valley.

The Water Recycling Project protects groundwater that is being consumed more quickly than it is replenished, resulting in saltwater intrusion into coastal wells. In addition, the plant significantly reduces wastewater discharges into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

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