AIA's top green projects 2009

The American Institute of Architects has announced its top ten green projects for 2009, all of which protect and enhance the environment through sustainable architecture and green design solutions.

All top ten projects make a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants and reduce environmental impacts through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality.

The projects will be honored at the AIA 2009 National Convention and Design Exposition.

Charles Hostler Student Center, Beirut, Lebanon – VJAA Chartwell, Seaside, CA – EHDD Architecture Gish
Apartments, San Jose, CA - OJK Architecture and Planning
Great River Energy Corporate Headquarters, Maple Grove, Minnesota - Perkins+Will Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC), Evanston, Illinois - Ross Barney Architects
Portola Valley Town Center, Portola Valley, CA - Siegel & Strain Architects
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, Orange, Texas - Lake|Flato Architects
Synergy at Dockside Green, Victoria, British Colombia - Busby Perkins+Will Architects Co
The Terry Thomas, Seattle, WA – Weber Thompson
World Headquarters for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Yarmouth Port, MA – DesignLAB Architects


  1. Those are great photos... What are each doing that makes them the top green projects?

  2. April, your comment gave us the perfect opportunity to further analyse each project. And boy do they deserve it...