Note: 2019 submissions are no longer being accepted.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) was 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.
 

2019 Winner

The winning proposal for the 2019 Student Research Competition is from Professor Jean-Pierre Chupin and PhD student Mandana Bafghinia from the Universitè de Montreal, who will seek to define a new typology of skyscraper that will allow for the resilient adaptation of skyscrapers to flooding conditions. From New York to Shanghai, coastal cities are at risk as sea levels rise and unpredictable storms surge. Given that 90 percent of the world's largest cities are located on waterfronts, and these cities are only expected to grow, it is imperative develop effective strategies around ensuring the stability of skyscrapers during flooding and storm events. Some of the research's objectives are to construct a theoretical model articulating a sustainable response to rising water levels within an expanded understanding of context; develop a method for the sustainable design strategies of the lower floors and of the upper floors for collecting energy; and confront the proposed model with five award-winning sustainable skyscraper projects and analyze their sustainable design logic in reference to SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

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