July 26, 2016

Students win AIA COTE Award

We are delighted to share the news that work from two of our students, Keija Zhang and Xiaoxi Jiao, was selected by the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) as one of the 2016 COTE Top Ten for Students Design Competition.   Their project, “The Art of Eco: Seattle University Integrated Visual Arts Center” was evaluated on ten measures, and found to represent “a clear distinction of what is new and what is old, while successfully integrating both with green expertise. The student’s effective adaptation of the existing building with the new allows for the public space to capture much needed Seattle daylight and fresh air.”  Jurors added, “This project takes design guts to restore, readapt, and reuse a historic building giving it new life and new energy.”

The students’ winning design will be exhibited at the American Institute of Architects’ National Convention in Philadelphia, PA (May 19-21, 2016) and at the 105th ACSA Annual Meeting in Detroit, MI (March 23-25, 2017).

Project renderings and juror comments may be found online here:


Fittingly, this news was made public on Earth Day, April 22.  Congratulations to Keiji and Xiaoxi, and their faculty sponsor, David Strauss, for this achievement in the competition’s inaugural year!