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.
The national Committee on the Environment is a Knowledge Community of the AIA with:
Nearly 9,000 AIA members
64 local and state groups
5 national advisory group members
4 adjunct advisory group members
6 regional team leaders
30+ subcommittee & liaison volunteers
National AIA COTE was founded in 1990 by Bob Berkebile as an evolution of the Energy Committee. Many other pioneers involved early on, include: Randy Croxton, Bill McDonough, Susan Maxman, Greg Franta, Don Watson, Gail Lindsey, and others.
The mission of AIA COTE 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.
In the fall of 1958, the South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects published its first journal celebrating the work and accomplishments of its members and informing them on issues of the day affecting the profession. From a 30-page black and white quarterly to its current form as a full-color 96-page annual, SCA remains the only publication in South Carolina dedicated to architecture and the architects who design it.
SCA is produced autonomously by AIA South Carolina and enjoys an annual circulation of 4000+ throughout the U.S. Each issue informs a national readership about new work by members of AIASC and the allied professionals with which they collaborate. In 2000 and 2001, it was honored with a national AIA award for “Raising Public Awareness of Architecture and Design Among the Residents of South Carolina and Demonstrating the Importance of the Architectural Profession to the Built Environment.“
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In 2012 after the Architects & Engineers Volunteer Act was signed into law, AIASC’s Disaster Assistance Committee convened to establish a statewide network of architects trained in building safety assessments following a disaster. Since May 2013, over 100 South Carolina architects and engineers have been certified by California’s Emergency Management Safety Assessment Program, the only national program of its kind recognized throughout the country.
For the past 50 years, the AIA/AGC Joint Committee has provided a forum for the Design and Construction community to discuss pertinent issues related to the construction industry. The Committee’s goal is to promote cooperation among all the participants and to develop tools that support a collaborative process. One tool developed by this Committee is the publication of Joint Committee Recommendations which focus on best practices for architects and contractors to follow on the various issues affecting design and construction. The Committee also holds an annual panel discussion forum on current topics in the construction industry.