CTBUH International Student Design Competition


The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is proud to present the 10th International Student Design Competition, which is open to all students who are currently enrolled at the university level. The goal of the competition is to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society. Participants are asked to 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 are required to 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.

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Submission Deadline

Submissions are due by Monday 26 July 2021 (12:00 p.m. CST) and participants must register to participate by Monday 19 July 2021 (12:00 p.m. CST).


Questions may be directed to [email protected].


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Key Dates

  • 19 July: Registration deadline
  • 26 July: Submission deadline
  • 11 October: Top-15 Semi-Finalists notified
  • 20 October: Top-five Finalists will present to the jury at the virtual event
  • Late October: Winners are announced





The competition consists of two juries.  The first-round jury will narrow the submissions down to 15 Semi-Finalists.  The second-round jury will narrow down the projects to the top five Finalists, and then select the winners from the Finalists.  The members of the second-round jury will consist of prominent professionals, creating an international, multi-disciplinary group of tall building experts.   



Submission requirements / criteria / procedures

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




Past Student Tall Building Design Competition WINNERS:


images of 2020 winner project

2020 Student Design Competition

Winner: Nikita Klimenko, Yale University & Nikita Shpakov, Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics


Project: A Critical Approach to Vertical Graveyards

Image of 2019 Student Research Competition Winner Mandana Bafghinia.

2019 Student Design Competition

Winner: Raapbhorn Sriyuthakrai & Wei Ying Chng, Tsinghua University


Project: Bago Sola Future Oasis




Image of 2018 Student Research Competition winnner Akram Maradni.

2018 Student Design Competition

Winner: Yiming Gui, Ziyue Li & Ziqiao Ma, Shenyang Jianzhu University


Project: Ethnic-Minority Sky Village


image of a Hong Kong concept for the 2017 winner

2017 Student Design Competition

Winner: Dagmar Zvonickova, University of Westminster


Project: Hong Kong: The City of Dual Perception