CTBUH 2020 Student Design Competition


The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)’s 9th International Student Tall Building Design Competition culminated with the top finalists presenting for winning distinctions at the CTBUH 2020 International Student Design Competition Virtual Presentations on 14 October 2020.


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 were 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 were 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.



Submission Deadline

Submissions for the 9th International Student Tall Building Design Competition are closed.


See 2020 Winners



Key Dates

  • July 13: Registration deadline
  • July 20: Submission deadline
  • August 10: Short-listed “Semi-finalists” notified
  • August 28: Top-five “Finalists” notified
  • October 14: Top-five Finalists presented to the jury at the virtual CTBUH 2020 International Student Design Competition 




The competition consists of two juries. The first-round jury narrowed the submissions down to 30 Semi-Finalists. The second-round jury then selected the five Finalists from the Semi-Finalists. The members of the second-round jury consisted of prominent professionals, creating an international, multi-disciplinary group of tall building experts. The Council would like to thank all of the jurors who gave their time to this important initiative.


First-Round Jurors:
  • Jason Gabel, CTBUH, Chicago
  • Dario Trabucco, CTBUH / IUAV, Venice
  • Zhendong Wang, Tongji University, Shanghai
  • Ilkay Standard, GenX Design & Technology Consulting, New York City
  • Ashley Rogow, Gensler, Chicago
  • Kyoung Sun Moon, Yale University School of Architecture, New Haven
  • Kathleen Dunne, Pratt Institute School of Architecture, New York City
  • Andrea Giachetti, University of Florence, Florence
Second-Round and Final Jurors:
  • Jury Chair: Helen Lochhead, University of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Craig Gibbons, Arup, Singapore
  • Leah Lang, City of Gold Coast, Gold Coast
  • Viviana Muscettola, Zaha Hadid Architects, London
  • James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Division, Toronto



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:


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