Note: 2019 submissions are no longer being accepted.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is now accepting submissions for its 2019 Student Research Competition – culminating with an award of $20,000 to be recognized 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 Taipei Financial Center Corp.

The goal of the 2019 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. Research proposals should directly relate to the 2019 topic of “Sustainable Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat”. Proposals can come from any topic/discipline. It is up to the students to interpret the theme, and outline how their research will address it, including how the funds will be used to support the intended outcome. In fact, the ultimate objective of this award is to give the chance to students of any discipline to immerse, for the first time, in detailed, academic research, under the guidance of a professor, in a topic that the students are particularly interested and invested in.


Submission Deadline

Proposals (via the online survey, accessed here) are due by Friday, 31 May 2019 (12:00 pm Chicago time). To express your interest in participating prior to this date, to discuss the suitability of your proposal in more detail, or to ask any questions, please contact: [email protected]. Please Note: The Student Research Competition is open to students under the guidance of a professor, while the CTBUH International Research Seed Funding initiative is aimed specifically at research professionals. It is therefore not possible to submit a proposal to both programs.

Key Dates

  • 20 March – Competition Formally Launched
  • 31 May – Submission Deadline
  • 10 June – Monday, 1 July – Judging Period
  • 22 July – Decision Communicated to Winning Team
  • 29–30 October  – Winner Announced at the CTBUH 2019 World Congress
  • Late 2019 / Early 2020 – Research Project Undertaken

Selection Committee & Criteria

The evaluation of proposals will be guided by the expert jury, with guidance from the funding sponsor. The jury reflects a group of tall building/urban experts from around the world as well as academics and university professors. The CTBUH reserves the right to reject all applications and make no awards.

Submission Requirements / Criteria / Procedures

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

Past Student Research Competition Projects

2018 Student Research Competition

Funding Sponsor: Underwriters Laboratories
Academic Professional: Patrick Loughran, Illinois Institute of Technology
Student Researcher: Joseph Pinto, Illinois Institute of Technology

Curtain Wall Facade for Water Collection on Tall Buildings
2017 Student Research Competition

Funding Sponsor: Underwriters Laboratories
Academic Professional: Gianni Bartoli, University of Florence
Student Researcher: Andrea Giachetti, University of Florence

An Innovative Tall Building Façade to Achieve High Ventilation, Fire Safety, and Structural Performance
2016 Student Research Competition

Funding Sponsor: Underwriters Laboratories
Academic Professional: Thomas Leslie, Iowa State University
Student Researchers: Shawn Barron & Saranya Panchaseelan, Iowa State University

The Rebirth of the Skyscraper: Technical Advances, 1930–1975