Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts was named one of the American Institute of Architects' top 10 green buildings for 2012.

Designed by Philadelphia's SMP Architects in collaboration with SRK Architects, KCAPA opened in 2010. Special emphasis was placed on orienting classrooms to get optimal daylight, reduce artificial lighting and lessen HVAC loads.

The Top Ten Green Projects program, in its 16th year, recognizes sustainable design excellence in buildings that reuse existing structures, are close to transit systems, conserve energy and water, use sustainable or renewable construction materials, and improve indoor air quality.

Other buildings in the top 10 include Chandler City Hall in Chandler, Ariz.; Portland Community College (PCC) Newberg Center in Newberg, Ore.; and Iowa's Consumer Advocate Office Building in Des Moines.

Click here to read Inga Saffron's architectural review of the Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.