The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the top ten "green" projects, which will be honoured at the 2010 National Convention and Design Exposition in Miami, US.
This year's winners include Kroon Hall at Yale University, designed by Hopkins Architects and Centerbrook Architects and Planners, the Omega Center in New York, designed by BNIM Architects, and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, designed by HOK.
Projects for the awards are selected on the basis of sustainable design excellence, positive contribution to the community, use of recycled materials and an integrated approach to architecture.
The AIA also judges the overall contribution the buildings make to the environment by praising them for reusing existing structures and links to public transport.
Three buildings in San Francisco, California, were selected this year. These were: Aidlin Darling Design's Matarozzi/ Pelsinger Building, WRNS Studio's City of Watsonville Water Resources Center, and the Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects Michael J Homer Science and Student Life Center.
Other winners include VMDO Architects for the Manassas Park Elementary School, Virginia, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg and Smith Carter's Manitoba Hydro Place in Winnipeg, KieranTimberlake's Special No 9 House in New Orleans and Twelve West in Oregon by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca.