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Top Ten Green Projects

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Earlier this week, the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment announced the winners of their annual Top Ten Green Projects competition. The scoring system was based on a whole-systems approach that doesn’t just award projects for being topped with photovoltaic arrays but considers community and context as well as life cycle and potential repurposing plans.

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  Chartwell School (exterior view) in Seaside, California, by EHDD Architecture. Photo by Michael David Rose.
    Chartwell School (exterior view) in Seaside, California, by EHDD Architecture. Photo by Michael David Rose.
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  Chartwell School (classroom) in Seaside, California, by EHDD Architecture. Photo courtesy Chartwell School.
    Chartwell School (classroom) in Seaside, California, by EHDD Architecture. Photo courtesy Chartwell School.
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  Charles Hostler Student Center (exterior view) in Beirut, Lebanon, by Vincent James Associates Architects. Photo by Paul Crosby.
    Charles Hostler Student Center (exterior view) in Beirut, Lebanon, by Vincent James Associates Architects. Photo by Paul Crosby.
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  Charles Hostler Student Center (aerial view) in Beirut, Lebanon, by Vincent James Associates Architects. Photo by Paul Crosby.
    Charles Hostler Student Center (aerial view) in Beirut, Lebanon, by Vincent James Associates Architects. Photo by Paul Crosby.
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  Gish Family Apartments (exterior view) in San Jose, California, by The Office of Jerome King Architecture and Planning. Photo by Bernard André Photography.
    Gish Family Apartments (exterior view) in San Jose, California, by The Office of Jerome King Architecture and Planning. Photo by Bernard André Photography.
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  Gish Family Apartments (community room) in San Jose, California, by The Office of Jerome King Architecture and Planning. Photo by Bernard André Photography.
    Gish Family Apartments (community room) in San Jose, California, by The Office of Jerome King Architecture and Planning. Photo by Bernard André Photography.
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  Great River Energy Headquarters (exterior view) in Maple Grove, Minnesota, by Perkins + Will. Photo by Lucie Marusin.
    Great River Energy Headquarters (exterior view) in Maple Grove, Minnesota, by Perkins + Will. Photo by Lucie Marusin.
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  Great River Energy Headquarters (interior view) in Maple Grove, Minnesota, by Perkins + Will. Photo by Lucie Marusin.
    Great River Energy Headquarters (interior view) in Maple Grove, Minnesota, by Perkins + Will. Photo by Lucie Marusin.
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  Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (exterior view) in Evanston, Illinois, by Ross Barney Architects. Photo by Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing.
    Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (exterior view) in Evanston, Illinois, by Ross Barney Architects. Photo by Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing.
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  Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (interior view) in Evanston, Illinois, by Ross Barney Architects. Photo by Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing.
    Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (interior view) in Evanston, Illinois, by Ross Barney Architects. Photo by Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing.
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  Portola Valley Town Center (exterior view) in Portola Valley, California, by Seigel & Strain Architects. Photo by César Rubio.
    Portola Valley Town Center (exterior view) in Portola Valley, California, by Seigel & Strain Architects. Photo by César Rubio.
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  Portola Valley Town Center (library) in Portola Valley, California, by Seigel & Strain Architects. Photo by César Rubio.
    Portola Valley Town Center (library) in Portola Valley, California, by Seigel & Strain Architects. Photo by César Rubio.
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  Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center (exterior view) in Orange, Texas, by Lake|Flato Architects. Photo by Hester + Hardaway.
    Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center (exterior view) in Orange, Texas, by Lake|Flato Architects. Photo by Hester + Hardaway.
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  Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center (walkway) in Orange, Texas, by Lake|Flato Architects. Photo by Hester + Hardaway.
    Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center (walkway) in Orange, Texas, by Lake|Flato Architects. Photo by Hester + Hardaway.
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  Synergy at Dockside Green (exterior view) in Victoria, British Columbia, by Busby Perkins + Will. Photo by Vince Klassen.
    Synergy at Dockside Green (exterior view) in Victoria, British Columbia, by Busby Perkins + Will. Photo by Vince Klassen.
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  Synergy at Dockside Green (interior view) in Victoria, British Columbia, by Busby Perkins + Will. Photo by Vince Klassen.
    Synergy at Dockside Green (interior view) in Victoria, British Columbia, by Busby Perkins + Will. Photo by Vince Klassen.
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  The Terry Thomas (exterior view) in Seattle, Washington, by Weber Thompson. Photo by Gabe Hanson.
    The Terry Thomas (exterior view) in Seattle, Washington, by Weber Thompson. Photo by Gabe Hanson.
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  The Terry Thomas (interior view) in Seattle, Washington, by Weber Thompson. Photo by Lara Swimmer.
    The Terry Thomas (interior view) in Seattle, Washington, by Weber Thompson. Photo by Lara Swimmer.
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  World Headquarters for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (exterior view) in Yarmouthport, Massachusetts, by designLAB Architects. Photo by Peter Vanderwarker.
    World Headquarters for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (exterior view) in Yarmouthport, Massachusetts, by designLAB Architects. Photo by Peter Vanderwarker.
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  World Headquarters for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (interior view) in Yarmouthport, Massachusetts, by designLAB Architects. Photo by Peter Vanderwarker.
    World Headquarters for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (interior view) in Yarmouthport, Massachusetts, by designLAB Architects. Photo by Peter Vanderwarker.

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