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 October 28 to November 2, 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

Submissions (via the online submission portal, accessed here), are due by July 22, 2019 (12:00 p.m. Chicago Time), and participants must register their participation by July 15, 2019 (12:00 p.m. Chicago Time). Questions may be directed to [email protected].


Key Dates

  • Thursday, March 21st – Competition formally launched
  • Monday, July 15th – Registration deadline
  • Monday, July 22nd – Submission deadline
  • Friday, August 9th – Short-listed “Semi-finalists” notified
  • Friday, August 30th – Top-five “Finalists” notified
  • Tuesday–Wednesday, October 29th–30th – CTBUH 2019 Conference, 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