The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, based at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, is an international not-for-profit organization supported by architecture, engineering, planning, development and construction professionals, designed to facilitate exchanges among those involved in all aspects of the planning, design, construction and operation of tall buildings.
Founded in 1969, the Council’s mission is to disseminate multi-disciplinary information on tall buildings and sustainable urban environments, to maximize the international interaction of professionals involved in creating the built environment, and to make the latest knowledge available to professionals in a useful form.
The CTBUH disseminates its findings, and facilitates business exchange, through: the publication of books, monographs, proceedings and reports; the organization of world congresses, international, regional and specialty conferences and workshops; the maintaining of an extensive website and tall building databases of built, under construction and proposed buildings; the distribution of a monthly international tall building e-newsletter; the maintaining of an international resource center; the bestowing of annual awards for design and construction excellence and individual lifetime achievement; the management of special task forces / working groups; the hosting of technical forums; and the publication of the CTBUH Journal, a professional journal containing refereed papers written by researchers, scholars and practicing professionals. The Council actively undertakes research into relevant fields in conjunction with its members and industrial partners, and has in place an international ‘Country Leader’ network, with CTBUH representatives promoting the mission of the Council across the globe.
The Council is the arbiter of the criteria upon which tall building height is measured, and thus the title of ‘The World’s Tallest Building’ determined. CTBUH is the world’s leading body dedicated to the field of tall buildings and urban habitat and the recognized international source for information in these fields.
Join the world’s leading, and fastest growing, professional affiliation of all those involved in the creation and operation of tall buildings internationally.
Why join the Council?
Your firm will benefit from its association with the only true multidisciplinary, international organization in the construction industry and the urban habitat.
1. Your firm gains instant access to state-of-the-art building concepts through
conferences and publications.
2. You and your firm receive recognition through participation in Council-sponsored
3. You and your firm can contribute to the world body of knowledge in your field
through high visibility publications.
4. Your support puts your firm in touch with both current and future leaders in
research and in practice. The Council is a leading networking resource in the
5. An investment in research today brings innovation, progress, and