2022 CTBUH International Student Research Competition 


The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is pleased to announce the awarding of the 2022 International Student Research Competition grant to Professor Frank Flury, Associate Professor in the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, supervising the students Jason Pion, Jayhawk Reese-Julien, Alejandro Reyes, and Mai Sano on the project “IIT Design/Build—Vietnam 2023.”


The IIT team has won a grant of $15,000, kindly sponsored by Ramboll, to investigate the needs of a specific underserved community in Gia Bac, Vietnam. The team will collaborate with the non-profit ECO Vietnam Group to design and build a community structure on site, exploring a combination of vernacular building design, sustainable building strategies, and contemporary technologies for a cost-effective and climate-resilient structure for the Gia Bac community. The project will stand as an incubator of growth, serving people in the present and in future generations. In addition, it also brings awareness to topics such as climate resiliency and sustainability, through the use of locally sourced materials and eco-conscious design, from a student-led initiative.


The International Student Research Competition is a keystone of the CTBUH Research Division. The goal of the competition is to assist talented students, working under the guidance of a professor, to focus on a relevant research question and create an engaging output as a response. In so doing, CTBUH seeks to build up the next generation of city-makers.


Key Dates

  • 10 November 2022: Call for submissions
  • 15 January 2023: Submissions due 
  • 23 January–26 February 2023: Jury deliberates
  • 13 March 2023: Winning team notified
  • April 2023: Winning team announced
  • April–September 2023: Research conducted
  • October 2023: Winning team and research presented at CTBUH 2023 Conference 



Selection Committee & Criteria


The evaluation of proposals is undertaken 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 are then reviewed by a jury representing the International Student Research Competition sponsor and CTBUH representatives to determine the winner. The CTBUH reserves the right to reject all applications and grant no awards.


Submission requirements/criteria/procedures


Full details of the 2022 CTBUH International Student Research Competition, including submission requirements, criteria, procedures, etc. can be found in the Award Brief.


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2021 International Student Research Competition

Funding Sponsor: Dow


2020 International Student Research Competition

Funding Sponsor: Sun Hung Kai Properties



2019 International Student Research Competition

2018 International Student Research Competition

Funding Sponsor: Underwriters Laboratories



2017 International Student Research Competition

Funding Sponsor: Underwriters Laboratories