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The American Institute of Architects, California,

announces winners of the ninth  Architecture at Zero competition

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—June 3, 2020, the American Institute of Architects, California (AIA CA) announces the winners of the ninth annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy (ZNE) building designs. The competition welcomed entries from students and professionals worldwide.

This year, AIA CA partnered with the San Benito County Free Library in Hollister, CA. ZNE structures are designed from the start to be energy efficient and offset the energy they consume through onsite renewable energy generation such as rooftop solar. Winners were chosen by a panel of international experts and awarded up to $25,000 in total prizes.

“The American Institute of Architects, California has been excited to collaborate on this important initiative that affirms the role of architects in leading efforts to use design to curtail climate change,” said Debra A Gerod, FAIA, AIA CA President.

The competition strives to generate new, innovative ideas for ZNE construction to help achieve California’s goal for all new residential construction to be ZNE by 2020 and all new commercial construction to be ZNE by 2030.

“San Benito County residents are excited at to explore ideas for a new 21st century library that meets the needs of this diverse community,” said County Librarian, Nora Conte. “The Library is thrilled to partner with AIA CA and participants from around the world to develop zero net energy building designs.”


Student winners include:

A single citation award given to students at Academy of Art University in San Francisco and Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan for the entry, “Illumination.”

Three Merit awards were given to students at:


Professional winners include:

Competition entries were juried by international experts including Paul Torcellini, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Gregg Ander, President of Gregg D. Ander, LLC; Allison Williams, FAIA; Cole Roberts, ARUP and Marsha Maytum, FAIA, LEED AP.

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This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

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