The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is now accepting submissions for its 8th International Student Tall Building Design Competition – culminating with the top finalists presenting in real time for winning distinctions at the CTBUH 2019 World Congress to be held in Chicago, from 28 October to 2 November 2019. This year's competition is kindly sponsored by Tetra Tech.
The goal of the competition, which is open to all students who are currently enrolled at the university level, is to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society. 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.

Submission Deadline

Participants must register their participation by 15 July 2019 (12 pm CST), and submissions (via the online submission portal, accessed here), are due by 22 July 2019 (12 pm CST). Questions may be directed to

Key Dates

  • 21 March – Competition formally launched
  • 15 July – Registration deadline
  • 22 July – Submission deadline
  • 9 August – Short-listed “Semi-finalists” notified
  • 30 August – Top-five “Finalists” notified
  • 29–30 October – CTBUH 10th World Congress, Top-five Finalists will present to the jury in Chicago. Winners will be announced during the conference.


The competition consists of two juries. The first-round jury will narrow the submissions down to 20 Semi-Finalists. The second-round jury will then select the five Finalists from the Semi-Finalists. The members of the second-round jury will consist of prominent professionals involved in the CTBUH 2019 Conference, creating an international, multi-disciplinary group of tall building experts. The final jury selection announcement will be made closer to the start of the CTBUH 2019 Conference.

Submission Requirements / Criteria / Procedures

Full details of the Student Design Competition, including submission requirements, criteria, and procedures can be found in the Competition Brief.

Past Student Design Competition Winners

2018 Student Design Competition

Winners: Yiming Gui, Ziyue Li & Ziqiao Ma, Shenyang Jianzhu University
Project: Ethnic-Minority Sky Village

View 2018 Winner
2017 Student Design Competition

Winner: Dagmar Zvonickova, University of Westminster
Project: Hong Kong: The City of Dual Perception

View 2017 Winner
2016 Student Design Competition

Winners: Lisa Maria Martinez, University of Arizona & Gonzalo Casado, Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca
Project: Hydro-City MXDF

View 2016 Winner
2015 Student Design Competition

Winners: Tianyi Geng & Teng Li, University of Nottingham
Project: London Vertical Campus Project

View 2015 Winner