2023 CTBUH International Student Tall Building Design Competition

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

The 12th annual CTBUH International Student Tall Building Design Competition, kindly sponsored by AECOM, culminated last month after live judging of the five finalists occurred at the CTBUH 2023 International Conference, in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The Student Tall Building Design Competition Jury selected the following winners:


  • 1st Place: RevitaliZen by Khurtsbileg Erdenetsogt, Rachel Truong, and Amir Zarei, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Champaign, IL, USA (US$6,000 Prize)
  • 2nd Place: Farm Cloud by Jingfeng Deng, Ang Li, Zhixuan Li, Shanling Xu, and Kaiwei Ye, Southeast University, Nanjing, China (US$5,000 Prize)
  • 3rd Place: The Eco Steps by Phuong Quan Trinh, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA (US$4,000 Prize)
  • 4th Place: The Growing Hub by Scarlet Koon Si Qi, UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (US$3,000 Prize)
  • 5th Place: Utopia Garden by Guodong Sun and Wencai Yu, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China (US$3,000 Prize)
  • Honorable Mention: Vertical Heritage by Devayani Amte, Shreesh Karambelkar, and Charmi Mehta, Mumbai, India
  • Honorable Mention: Street Market in Sky by Chi Lu, Wu Siwei, and Yuxin Wang, Harbin University of Science and Technology, Harbin, China
  • Honorable Mention: Urbana Pipe House Apartment by Giska Azkia Azzahra, Annisa Rahma Fauzia, Annisa Fitriani, Areta Khairin Kaltsum, and Nisrina Putri Rianto, Institut Teknologi Nasional Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia
  • Honorable Mention: The Porous-city by Muhammad Abdul Rahman Nor Azman, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Honorable Mention: Rescue Loop for Seoul by Pengyu Chen, Shanghai University; Yizhuo Dai, Guangzhou Huali College; Jingkun Sun, North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power; Runze Wu, Beijing University of Technology; and Liying Yang, Shandong University of Art & Design

CTBUH congratulates all the winners and invites all eligible students to submit a project to the 2024 Student Tall Building Competition!


The goal of the competition is to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society. This year's competition focuses on Humanizing High Density – People, Nature & the Urban Realm, the theme of the CTBUH 2023 International Conference, to explore how high-density urbanization can support healthy living, working, and civic and social engagement and discuss solutions for livable shapes of density.

Participants should engage with the exploration and resolution of the synergistic relationship between a tall building and its urban setting; how that tall building can be inspired by the cultural, physical, and environmental aspects of its site; how the program of the building is influenced by the micro and macro site/urban conditions; and how the building responds to global issues. Proposals should show evidence of a clear understanding of how considerations of structure, environment, servicing, etc. are as vital to the success of a tall building as the form, materials, aesthetics, etc.


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The competition consisted of two jury rounds. The first-round jury narrowed the submissions down to 25 Semi-Finalists. The second-round jury evaluated the 25 projects and selected the 5 finalists. Finally, the same jury determined the 5 winners and placements during the competition session at the CTBUH 2023 International Conference. The members of the jury included prominent professionals, creating an international, multi-disciplinary group of tall building experts.   


First-Round Jury:

- Peng Du, Assistant Professor, Jefferson University

- Yohan Kim, Visiting Assistant Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology

- Kyoung Sun Moon, Associate Professor, Yale University

- Philip Oldfield, Associate Professor, University of New South Wales

- Ilayda Oner, Business Development Manager, Turner International

- Ashley Rogow, Associate, Gensler

- Dario Trabucco, Associate Professor, IUAV University of Venice


Second/Final-Round Jury:

- Marc Colella (Chair), Global Building & Systems Engineering Lead, AECOM

- Ross Wimer (Chair), Architecture Lead Americas, AECOM

- Peng Du, Assistant Professor, Jefferson University and Reginal Director Asia, CTBUH

- Claudia Melniciuc, Senior Project Director, RIOS

- Sukriye Robinson, Associate Architect, SOM


Submission Requirements/Criteria/Procedures

Full details of the 2023 CTBUH International Student Tall Building Design Competition, including submission requirements, criteria, procedures, etc. can be found in the Competition Brief.