M.TBVU Support Opportunities

In addition to internship and career opportunities, students in this degree program can benefit from specific academic programs convened by the CTBUH.

International Travel Program

Every student in the program will have the opportunity to join an overseas study visit in semester one, receiving a travel stipend (usually around US$1,000) to help offset expenses. The destination for this study visit is usually driven by two, typically aligned, influences: (i) the location of the CTBUH Annual Conference, and (ii) the location of the site that serves as a vehicle for the Tall Building Design Studio (ARCH 545). 

The CTBUH Student Tall Building Design Competition champions site-specific urban responses to global issues, while giving top students the chance to showcase their work. Finalists are selected to present their proposals to a jury of experts at the CTBUH International Conference, where an overall winner is selected. Winning students receive cash prizes, as well as complimentary conference registration and travel/accommodation costs. 

The Council holds two major international conferences per year; its Tall & Urban Innovation Awards Conference in the spring (held in Chicago), and its Annual Conference held in a high-rise city somewhere around the world each fall. All students in the program receive complimentary registration at both conferences (typically around US$1,500). Locations of CTBUH conferences in the past ten years include Abu Dhabi; Dubai; Hong Kong; London; Mumbai; New York City; Seoul; Shanghai; Shenzhen; and Sydney.

The goal of the annual Student Research Competition is to assist talented students, working in groups under the guidance of a professor, to focus on a relevant research question, and create an engaging output as a response. The competition typically culminates with an award of US$10,000–$20,000, recognized on stage at the CTBUH International Conference, and promoted through CTBUH channels and platforms. The project often also leads to a publication or other substantial output.


Internship Opportunities

The companies listed here have committed to supporting a paid internship following graduation from the program, pending an application process.


Alumni Reflections

“Coming from Thailand, it was my dream to work at KPF after graduation from IIT.”

Pim Sunsaneevithayakul, Architectural Designer, KPF, New York City



“After my PhD on Urban vs. Suburban Sustainability at IIT in 2015, I worked for CTBUH and am now Director of the Master of Urban Design Program at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia.”

Dr. Peng Du, Director of Master of Urban Design Program, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia



“After the IIT-CTBUH Tall Building Program, I was assisted with a placement in the Gensler Shanghai Office, where I have been since 2018, now an associate.”

Jared Davis, Designer, Gensler, Shanghai



“I continued one of the themes from the tall building course into a PhD study, and now also have a teaching position at IIT.”

Zahida Khan, Adjunct Professor and PhD Candidate, IIT