Architecture at Zero Competition Winners Announced at CSUMB

March 1, 2019

SEASIDE, Ca., March 1, 2019 – The American Institute of Architects, California (AIACA) announced the winners of the eighth annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy (ZNE) today at CSUMB's Alumni and Visitor Center. The competition was open for entries from students and professionals worldwide.


This year, AIACA partnered with California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) to create a ZNE Student Recreation Center at the campus. 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.

College Student “Citation” winners included:

  • CAMPUS ENDURANCE by students from CAL POLY-Pomona, CA.
  • BREATHOOD CUBIC by students Iran University Science & Technology in Tehran, Iran.
  • GREEN ROOFS IN MONTEREY by students from Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, Poland

Other Awards Included:

  • A single Merit Award went to High school students from Burlingame High School in Burlingame, CA for the entry, “Project Flow.”
  • A single Honor Award for Student entry was awarded to students at Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA for the entry, “CHANGER."
  • A single Honor Award for a Professional entry went to Little Diversified Architectural Consulting in Charlotte, North Carolina for the entry: “Navae Vitae.”
"The American Institute of Architects, California is excited to collaborate on this important initiative that affirms the role of architects in leading efforts to use design to curtail climate change.
— Benjamin Kasdan, AIA, AIACA 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.

“CSUMB students, faculty and staff practice transparent planning and environmental stewardship daily as we transform a former army base into an inspiring university campus. The campus is thrilled to partner with AIA CA and participants from around the world to develop zero net energy building designs for a Student Recreation Center that reduces our exercise of natural resources,” said Matthew S. McCluney, Senior Campus Planner at CSUMB.

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; Marsha Maytum, FAIA, LEED AP; Lynn Simon, FAIA and Cole Roberts.