Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Upcoming Events

Skyline Stories
Online Exhibition

Skyline Stories is a participatory story experience created by the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) that investigates Chicago’s most iconic buildings.
Watch, listen and read stories about 10 of Chicago’s most iconic buildings.

Best High-Rises 2014/15: International High-rise Award 2014
Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt a.M., through – Jan
18, 2015

On November 19, 2014 the International Highrise Award was bestowed on Bosco Verticale, Milan, Italy, by the City of Frankfurt\Main in cooperation with DAM and DekaBank for the sixth time in the Paulskirche in Frankfurt, thus celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 22 – May 10, 2015

Uneven Growth seeks to challenge current assumptions about the relationships between formal and informal, bottom-up and top-down urban development, and to address potential changes in the roles architects and urban designers might assume vis-à-vis the increasing inequality of current urban development.

The Art Institute of Chicago, until January 4, 2015

This exhibition surveys Chicago’s rich urban history and explores contemporary approaches to five Chicagoisms – key historical principles that have powered the city’s distinctive evolution. 

2015 Evolo Skyscraper Competition
Closing date for submission, January 13, 2015

eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition. There are no restrictions in regards to site, program or size.

CTBUH Finland – Tall Buildings as Part of the Urban Habitat
Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, January 14

The urban landscape is evolving, setting new requirements for city planning and architecture. CTBUH invites you to hear how to respond to these changing requirements with innovative and ecologically sustainable solutions.

TIMES SQUARE, 1984: The Postmodern Moment
Skyscraper Museum, New York, until January 18

TIMES SQUARE, 1984 examines the decisive moment and the resulting transformation of the “Crossroads of the World" into today's bright and crowded tourist mecca.

Fazlur Khan Lecture Series 2015: William Pedersen
Sinclair Laboratory Auditorium, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, February 20

The 2015 Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series honors the legacy in structural engineering and architecture. In the first of three, William Pedersen of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates will present on "Balancing."

Supertall! Green Cities 2015
Grand Hyatt Melbourne,
March 17 - 19 

Green Cities 2015 explores the theme Connect – how sustainable cities are connected cites which connect people, places, and opportunities.

Fazlur Khan Lecture Series 2015: Glenn R. Bell
Sinclair Laboratory Auditorium, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, March 20

The 2015 Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series honors the legacy in structural engineering and architecture. In the second of three, Glenn R. Bell will present on "Structural Engineering at MId-21st Century."

Fazlur Khan Lecture Series 2015: Peter Marti
Sinclair Laboratory Auditorium, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, April 17

The 2015 Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series honors the legacy in structural engineering and architecture. In the last of three, Peter Marti of ETH Zurich will present on "Science and Art of Structural Engineering."

SKYWARD: High-rise City Frankfurt
Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt a.M., until April 19

How and why did Frankfurt rise to such architectural heights? The exhibition explores this question and offers an overview of the history of the city’s high-rises. The exhibition will be accompanied by the extensive and amply illustrated publication “Hochhausstadt Frankfurt.

2015 AA São Paolo Skyline
Escola da Cidade, São Paulo
, July 18–25

The AA Visiting School São Paulo will address the changes being prescribed by the new city's masterplan through the redefinition of the tower typology in the extending of the ground of street culture, green landscapes, and ecological mediation along the vertical axis of these buildings.

Event Archive

Recent Events

CTBUH Dubai Inaugural Event
Vida Hotels and Resorts, Dubai, December 10

Join CTBUH Dubai December 10th for an evening networking reception featuring Dean McGrail of WSP and Mark Lavery of Buro Happold.

U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition
Deadline for submission December 8

The U.S. Department of Agriculture in a cooperative partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council is conducting a prize competition funding initiative to support the demonstration of tall wood buildings in the United States. Registration open now!

CTBUH Melbourne Christmas Celebration
Irwin Consult, Melbourne, December 4

Come join the Melbourne Committee for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat as we invite you to a Christmas celebration and a look ahead at 2015 CTBUH events.

The Glass Supper 2014​: The Best of British
Merchant Taylors' Hall, London, December 4

The Glass Supper is an event that attracts visitors from all over the world. Unique in its field, recognised as a cornerstone for face to face communication, high level networking and meaningful business engagement on an inclusive, transparent, and global platform.

Tall Storeys - Evolution in Hong Kong Architecture: 1965–2014
RIBA London Headquarters, until November 26

The exhibition presents the story of Hong Kong through its architecture, produced by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) charting the evolution of tall buildings across 50 years of development in the city.

Venice Biennale – 14th International Architecture Exhibition
La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, until November 23

Directed by Rem Koolhaas, the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, titled Fundamentals, sixty six countries are participating in this exhibition.

Fifth IUAV International Conference
Ateneo Veneto, Venice, November 21

This year's theme is “Fundamentals”, it means the discussion will revolve not around architects (and their inventions/solutions) but works and their features characterizing their success in terms of performances satisfying fundamental requirements.

CTBUH Canada – ÏCE Condos Tour
Toronto, November 19

The next CTBUH Canada 2014 tall building and urban site tour will be Lanterra and Cadillac Fairview's ÏCE Condos at 12 York Street.

CTBUH Israel – Annual Summit of the Construction Industry
The Princess Hotel on the Red Sea, Eilat, November 17-20

Join CTBUH Israel in a 4 day event of presentations and debates about high-rise buildings. Featuring guests:
Larry Silverstein, Developer of the Freedom Tower in New York City; Ibon Areso Mendiguren, Mayor of Bilbao, Spain and much more.

CTBUH Brazil – Camargo Corporate Towers Tour
Camargo Corporate Towers, São Paulo, November 14

Please join CTBUH Brazil present a construction tour on the Camargo Corporate Towers. The day will consist of a presentation of the overall project and then followed by a tour guided by the project's structural and construction engineers.

CTBUH Israel – 7th Project Manager Conference
The Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center, Tel Aviv, November 10

Join CTBUH Israel in collaboration with The Israel Engineers Association for Construction and Infrastructure at the 7th Project Manager Conference featuring presentations from leaders in the tall building industry.

Supertall! CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, November 6

The CTBUH 13th Annual Awards, Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner will recognized  the four regional best tall building winners. The new "Urban Habitat Award" winner will also be chosen and announced.

CTBUH Brisbane – Greenland Centre, 115 Bathurst St, Sydney
Brisbane Club, Brisbane, November 6

CTBUH Australia Brisbane Committee is holding their fifth breakfast seminar series exploring the impact emerging technology is having on our buildings and cities. This seminar is featuring speakers Ken McBryde and Phillip Rossington.

Toronto Tall, A Story on Vertical Urbanism
Ottawa City Hall, Ottawa, November 6

This lecture series will outline the steps the City of Toronto has taken to manage this growth and what steps will be needed in the future. A large focus will be on the public realm, including Parks, Plazas, Pedestrian Connections and PATH system.

Designing the Tallest Residential Building in the Western Hemisphere: 432 Park Avenue
S. R. Crown Hall, IIT College of Architecture, Chicago, November 5

Please join the IIT College of Architecture for a special pre-CTBUH Awards Symposium lecture as part of IIT College of Architecture's Fall 2014 Lecture Series.

Supertall! CTBUH Canada – Imports and Acquisitions (Part 1)
Toronto Faculty Club, Toronto, November 5

Please join CTBUH Canada for their event: “Imports and Acquisitions (Part 1)" on “What new technologies and techniques are influencing the way we build tall in Toronto? What are we doing well and what are we missing?”

CTBUH Qatar Chapter Meeting
Wyndham Grand Regency Doha, Doha, November 4

Please join CTBUH Qatar present on one of the most critical repair jobs in the Middle East “ Dammam Underpass Repair Job” Case Study. Featuring speakers Bilal Yamak,  General Manager of QCTC and Wassim Mahfouz,  General Manager for structural systems of QCTC.

Design Competition: Elevator Annual 2014
Deadline for submission November 4

The program challenges participants to design an Elevator concept that takes into account today’s need for a unique vertical transportation experience with the added expectation of spectacular views during the ascend to higher floors or planes.

Structural Design of Tall Buildings Conference
Hilton London Tower Bridge, London, October 23

The Concrete Centre and fibUK presents a conference with featured sessions focusing on building dynamics. design, process, wind load, seismic loads and expert speakers from SOM, WSP and Arup.

SEAOI2011 SEAOI 2014 Structures Symposium
Maggiano's Little Italy, 111 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, October 22

The Structures Symposium provides a forum for engineers to share analysis, design, and construction information from recent projects with unique and/or distinguishing characteristics. Registration opens now!

Big & Tall 2014
TU Delft Faculty of Architecture, Delft, September 26

The Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft is hosting three public lectures, by inviting 3 speakers with experience in tall buildings:
Astrid Piber, UN Studio; Robert Stephens, Inhabit Group; and Yimin Sun, South China University of Technology.

CTBUH Brisbane – The Challenge for High Rise Construction
Brisbane Club, Brisbane, September 11

CTBUH Australia Brisbane Committee is holding their fourth breakfast seminar series exploring the impact emerging technology is having on our buildings and cities. This seminar is featuring speaker Craig Gibbons from Arup.

CTBUH Seattle – Urban Habitat in Cascadia
Foster / White Gallery, Seattle, September 10

Join the CTBUH Seattle for a free event where leading practitioners will present and discuss the evolving potential and promise of transit-oriented development in the King Street Station / Chinatown-International District area.

CTBUH Melbourne – Reaching For The Clouds
Old Engineering Building, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, September 4

Join the CTBUH Melbourne Committee for an engaging seminar entitled: “Reach for the Clouds: The Case for Steel and Concrete in Tall Building Construction.” Hear from esteemed speakers, Anil Hira and Ryan Campbell.

Thomas Wysockey Scholarship Inaugural Fundraising Dinner
Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, August 27

The DFI Educational Trust announces the establishment of the Thomas Wysockey Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund, which will provide scholarships to civil engineering students attending any U.S. college or university.

CTBUH Canada – Bay Adelaide East Tour
Toronto, August 22

The next CTBUH Canada 2014 tall building and urban site tour will be Brookfield’s Bay Adelaide East. The steel and concrete structure is approximately two-thirds complete, with glazing and MEP systems installation underway on the lower levels.

CTBUH Seattle – Sustainability of Going Tall
NBBJ, Seattle, Washington, July 28

Please join The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Seattle for a summer reception featuring a conversation with Bill Browning on Biophilia in Tall Buildings.

Landmarks of American History and Culture:
Workshops for School Teachers

Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, July 20-26

This week-long workshop will examine the significance of the skyscraper in Chicago, it will also explore how to use primary source buildings as teaching tool.

Facades+ Performance
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, July 24-25

The seventh event in an ongoing series of conferences that have unfolded in cities across the nation. CTBUH is a supporting sponsor for the event, all CTBUH members can benefit from an exclusive discount.

CTBUH Brisbane – Should Fire Safety Limit Timber Building?
Brisbane Club, Brisbane, July 24

CTBUH Australia Brisbane Committee is holding their next breakfast seminar series exploring the impact emerging techology is having on our buildings and cities. This seminar is featuring speaker Professor José L. Torero.

CTBUH Sydney – Design Excellence at Greenland Centre
HASSELL Studio, Sydney, July 23

Following our successful launch in April, CTBUH Australia invites you to explore the concepts and thinking from the short-listed designers for what will be Sydney’s tallest residential tower, Greenland Centre, 115 Bathurst Street.

2014 China-Japan-Korea Tall Building Forum
ongji University, Shanghai, July 18
n industrial meeting organized by International Exchange Committee for Tall Buildings, Architectural Society of China, CTBUH Japanese Chapter, CTBUH Korea, Tongji University, and International Journal of High-Rise Buildings, aimed to bring together academics, researcher, and engineers from China, Japan, and Korea

VAA International Student Workshop & Competition 2014
Palazzo Giustinian Lollin on the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy, July 7–18

"The Venice Towers" Student Workshop and Competition aims to address the problem of the redevelopment of a dismissed industrial area in the south of the residential zone of Marghera. CTBUH is the honorary sponsor for this event.

Young Professionals Committee Building Tour: 111 W Wacker
111 West Wacker, Chicago, June 17

Join the Young Professional Committee on a tour of the adaptive reuse of the 111 West Wacker building. The tour will focus on the challenges of the original building design, redesign phase and construction of the new tower.

London’s Growing… Up!
New London Architecture, The Building Centre, London, until
June 12

NLA is conducting an Insight Study into tall buildings in the capital, researching the major changes that are impacting the capital's skyline, analysing why this growth is taking place and looking at the response of the planning system.

Existing High-Rise – Refurbish, Repurpose or Replace?​
Harris Bank Building, 115 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, June 12

The strategy of retrofitting existing buildings will play a critical role in meeting the sustainability challenges facing the 21st century American city. This half day seminar is focusing on the issue.

Wood High Rises - Urbanization, Sustainability and Mass Timber
DIRTT Environmental, Chicago, June 12

This presentation will give an overview of mass-timber technology and how it was utilized for the prototypical system proposed by SOM in the Timber Tower Research Project.

TALL DC: New Monumentalism
The District Architecture Center (DAC), May 22 - June 10

TALL DC: New Monumentalism features student work from the Catholic University of America’s School of Architecture and Planning (CUA) that provocatively explores what Washington could look like in the absence of this law.

CTBUH Colombo Forum
Kings Court, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo, June 10

The CTBUH Sri Lanka Chapter will hold the CTBUH Colombo Forum featuring two world-renowned keynote speakers and a cocktail dinner to follow.

Design Competition: Organic Skyscraper – LONDON ​
Deadline for submission June 10

The program challenges participants to present a fresh concept for an Organic Skyscraper – a skyscraper that "grows when required."The skyscraper will serve as a Tech City (technology and digital media centered companies) within the area.

Learning from Tall Buildings​
The Academy of Urbanism, June 4

Following recent public and professional debate on London’s changing skyline, highlighted by the NLA’s research, the Academy is holding a "working walk" around some of the capital’s tall buildings to asses their impact on the ground and in the immediate neighbourhood.

CTBUH San Francisco – A Tale of Two Towers
SPUR, San Francisco, June 3

CTBUH San Francisco is hosting a panel discussion between two of its most prominent developers discussing the largest projects in the city since the Transamerica Pyramid.

New British Works: Today – Tomorrow
First Floor Gallery, RIBA, London, Until May 27

Featuring new international projects by a range of practices, and guest contributions from experts and commentators, this exhibition explores the characteristics that have made British creativity such a potent force.

The Brits Who Built the Modern World
The Architecture Gallery, London, Until May 27

Through drawings, watercolours, photographs and models the RIBA tells the fascinating story of why and how British architecture developed globally from 1750 to the present.

CTBUH Israel – New Topics in High-rise Buildings
Exposition Gardens, Tel Aviv, May 15

Join CTBUH Israel at Israeli Building Center's Annual Building Exposition for a half day symposium session on: "New Topics in High-rise Buildings in Israel and Worldwide."

Lagos Architecture Forum 2014
Expo Centre of the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, May 14–17

The theme this year will focus on High-Density Architecture and Tall Buildings, the future of Real Estate in Lagos, which is the vehicle to creating sustainable and liveable cities that have vibrant economies.

CTBUH Sydney – "Design Excellence" at Parramatta Square
8 Chifley Square, Sydney, April 30

CTBUH Headquarters encourages you to attend the regional Sydney Committee launch event, a Pecha-Kucha-style evening exploring the concepts and thinking from the short-listed designers of the recent Parramatta Square.

Wind Engineering: A Practitioner’s Guide to Wind Effects on Tall Buildings
University Center, 525 S. State Street, Chicago, April 30

Dr. Tracy Kijewski-Correa of Notre Dame University in conjunction with SEAOI will present a day-long seminar on tall buildings' wind engineering.

CTBUH Qatar – Creating an Iconic Building
The Torch Hotel at Aspire Zone, Doha, April 23

Please join the CTBUH Qatar chapter at its regional meeting where guests will be treated to a special presentation “The Design and Construction of Aspire Tower,” by representatives from Six Construct.

Constructing Europe: 25 Years of Architecture
Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt a.M., Until
April 20, 2014

An exhibition featuring the the winning entries of
the European Union Prize for contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2013. The exhibition is hosted in cooperation with Fundacío Mies van der Rohe/Barcelona.

CTBUH YPC Student Workshop
S.R. Crown Hall, Chicago, April 16

A roundtable discussion focused on the development of 455 North Park Dr. Brief presentations will be given by Joe Fox, Solomon Cordwell Buenz; Robbie Chung, Environmental Systems Design & Matt Streid, Magnusson Klemencic Associates.

2014 Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series
Charles H. Thornton, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, April 11, 2014

As part of the Khan Lecture Series, honoring Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan’s legacy of excellence in structural engineering and architecture,
Charles H. Thornton will present the topic of “Renaissance, Rebirth and Disruptive Innovation.”

The Sustainable Tall Building: Myth or Reality?
The Pod, Nottingham, April 9

CTBUH Working Group Chair Phil Oldfield will deliver an evening talk on sustainable tall building as part of the Nott: Just A City public architectural exhibition held for two weeks in the center of Nottingham.

Press Pass: Designed in Chicago, Made in China
Chicago Architecture Foundation, April 9

Architecture critic Blair Kamin will lead China architecture and urban development experts in a discussion about the fascinating issues that arise when Chicago’s world-class architecture meets China’s rapid urban development. 

CTBUH Brazil – Towards Sustainable Verticalism
Milenium Centro de Convenções, São Paulo, April 8

CTBUH Brazil and Fiabci/Brasil invite you to attend the launch of the CTBUH Brazil Chapter through the event “Towards Sustainable Verticalism,” covering the tall building industry’s push toward a more sustainable environment.

Design Dialogues: Bill Baker
Chicago Architecture Foundation, April 8

Join Metropolis magazine Publisher/Editor in Chief Susan S. Szenasy for a conversation with CTBUH Trustee Bill Baker, structural and civil engineering partner and head of the engineering team at SOM Chicago.

Plan for Growth
Gensler Seattle, March 25, 2014

Please join CTBUH for this Seattle inaugural event featuring a panel of guests speaking on growth in the 21st Century.

Study Trip to the UAE
Executive Master Immobilier, Abu Dhabi & Dubai, March 22-27, 2014

CTBUH Belgium Country Leader and Fellow Georges Binder, founder, Buildings & Data, in collaboration with Executive Master Immobilier, is orchestrating a study trip  for interested professionals to the United Arab Emirates.

2014 Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series
Jon D. Magnusson, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, March 21, 2014

As part of the Khan Lecture Series, honoring Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan’s legacy of excellence in structural engineering and architecture,
Jon D. Magnusson will present the topic of “Structure Becoming Architecture: Case Studies of Aesthetics, Form, and Efficiency.”

Drinks + Design in the Studio: What do you mean by TALL?
Chicago Architecture Foundation, March 19

CAF is continuing its new series of hands-on programs for adults. With participation from CTBUH, the series will use the LEGO® Architecture Studio to let adults explore the playful side of design.

Emerging Technology – 1 William Street
ACTBUH, March 5

The first seminar in the Emerging Technology series will be discussing CBus Property's 1 William Street Development.

BOMA Suburban Office & Commercial Real Estate EXPO 2014
Drury Lane – Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, February 27

CTBUH Editor Daniel Safarik will deliver the pre-EXPO keynote presentation:
“Is Tall All? Aesthetic, urbanistic, and economic: Arguments for and against skyscrapers."

L-Tower Tour
CTBUH Canada, Toronto, February 27

Join CTBUH Canada in the first of Its 2014 building and urban site tour series as the group visits the under construction L-Tower.

Lecture: Rafael Viñoly
National Museum of the American Indian, New York, February 24

In conjunction with SKY HIGH & the Logic of Luxury exhibition, Rafael Viñoly will discuss the design of 432 Park Avenue in the context of his high-rise work and design philosophy.

2014 Mock Firms International Skyscraper Challenge
Closing date for submission, February 22

With the theme of "Strength to Soar," aspiring young design professionals will be challenged to produce an iconic super-tall for Seoul, South Korea (collegiate) and Dallas, Texas (high school).

Michael Wolf: Architecture of Density
Flowers Gallery, Cork Street, London, until February 22

An exhibition of iconic works from acclaimed photographer Michael Wolf.
The large scale works depict the vibrant city of Hong Kong from an inimitable perspective.

Direct Displacement-based Seismic Design of Buildings Seminar
Federal Reserve Bank of Los Angeles, February 21

This seminar will introduce participants to displacement-based seismic design and demonstrate how it can be implemented in the design office as a simple and rational alternative to current prescriptive methods of seismic design.

2014 Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series
James R. Harris, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, February 21

As part of the Khan Lecture Series, honoring Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan’s legacy of excellence in structural engineering and architecture,
James R. Harris will present the topic of “The Evolution of Building Design to Resist Earthquakes.”

Drinks + Design in the Studio: What do you mean by TALL?
Chicago Architecture Foundation, February 19

For Engineers Week, CAF is launching its new series of hands-on programs for adults. With participation from CTBUH, the first program in the series will use the LEGO® Architecture Studio to let adults explore the playful side of design.

Kevin Ratner: High-Rise Modular
Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, February 19

Kevin L. Ratner is President of Forest City West, a subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises, Inc.
Ratner and his team are currently involved with several mixed-use, developments focusing on technology and today’s innovation economy.

The Future of Cities: Dense or Dispersed?
Hyatt Regency Chicago and Fairmont Chicago, February 14-17

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, in partnership with the Illinois Institute of Technology, will facilitate a symposium at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

2014 Evolo Skyscraper Competition
Closing date for submission, January 20, 2014

eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition. There are no restrictions in regards to site, program or size.

Practical Utopias: Global Urbanism in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo
The Center for Architecture, New York, until January 18, 2014

Practical Utopias presents a body of recent work by American and other international firms in five cities across East Asia.

Supertall, Supergreen - Judith Dupré, Adrian Smith, Rick Cook - Architectural Explorations in Books Series Event
New York Public Library, New York, January 15, 2014

Join architectural historian Judith Dupré and renowned architects Adrian Smith and Rick Cook to explore the latest environmental innovations in skyscrapers.

People Building Better Cities
The Center for Architecture, New York, until January 4, 2014

People Building Better Cities is a traveling exhibition showing in 12 cities and 8 countries throughout 2013 to promote dialogue on participation and inclusive urbanization.

AIAS Forum
Chicago, December 29, 2013 - January 1, 2014

AIAS FORUM is the annual meeting of the American Institute of Architecture Students and the global gathering of the architecture and design students.