2023 CTBUH International Research Seed Funding

The 2024 competition will open in early 2024 (Date TBD). Below are the details of the most recent competition.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is pleased to announce the awarding of the 2023 International Research Seed Funding grant to Dr. Matthew Adams (Principal Investigator), Assistant Professor and Dr. Varuni Jayasooriya, Postdoctoral Fellow, both at Department of Geography, Geomatics and Environment, University of Toronto Mississauga, for the project “Architectural Harmony in Chilly Times: Exploring the Thermal Comfort and Heating Energy Demand Trends in Non-Uniform Twin Tower Skyscrapers.” 

Dr. Adams and Dr. Jayasooriya have won a grant of $20,000, kindly sponsored by Sun Hung Kai Properties, to explore the thermal comfort and energy efficiency trends in non-uniform twin tower skyscrapers, focusing on the case study of the Absolute World Towers in Mississauga, Canada. With an emphasis on architectural harmony and sustainable practices, this study investigates the intricate relationship between building design, microclimate dynamics, and energy performance in cold climatic regions. The research methodology combines field experiments, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling, and wind tunnel testing. The findings contribute to the knowledge base of energy-efficient building design and offer strategies for optimizing occupant comfort while reducing heating energy demands in non-uniform twin tower skyscrapers. These insights hold implications for sustainable urban development, fostering the creation of harmonious and environmentally conscious built environments in cold climates.

The CTBUH 2023 International Research Seed Funding Initiative is a key aspect of the advancement of the CTBUH’s Research Division. The initiative was created to assist researchers in developing projects and ideas to a level that can secure more significant funding, in the form of collaborations and joint proposals in conjunction with the CTBUH.


Key Dates

  • 24 April 2023: Call for submissions
  • 12 June 2023: Submissions due
  • June–July 2023: Jury deliberates
  • August 2023: Winning team notified
  • October 2023: Winning team announced at CTBUH International Conference
  • December 2023 – May 2024: Research conducted


Selection Committee & Criteria

The evaluation of proposals will be guided by the CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee, with guidance from the funding sponsor. The committee reflects a multi-disciplinary group of tall building/urban experts from around the world with established research and publication records as well as tall building experience in varying fields. After a first round evaluation by the Expert Peer Review Committee, the top five proposals will be reviewed by a jury representing the Seed Funding Sponsor and CTBUH representatives. CTBUH reserves the right to reject all applications and make no awards. 

Submission requirements/criteria/procedures

Full details of the 2023 CTBUH International Research Seed Funding initiative, including submission requirements, criteria, procedures, etc. can be found in the Award Brief.

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