With the global impact of COVID-19, we have made the decision to move the CTBUH 2020 International Student Design Competition to an online format. Instead, the program will now be a standalone competition, taking place through virtual presentations in mid-late October (to be determined soon). This means the finalist presentation and judging of projects will take place at the virtual event. Questions? Contact compe[email protected]


CTBUH 2020 student design competition

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is now accepting submissions for its 9th International Student Tall Building Design Competition – culminating with the top finalists presenting in for winning distinctions at the CTBUH 2020 International Student Design Competition Virtual Presentations in mid-late October (to be determined soon).


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.



Submissions are due by July 20, 2020 (12:00 p.m. CST), and participants must register their participation by July 13, 2020 (12:00 p.m. CST).


Questions may be directed to [email protected].



  • 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 will present to the jury at the virtual CTBUH 2020 International Student Design Competition 


The competition consists of two juries. The first-round jury will narrow the submissions down to 30 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, 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 2020 International Student Competition Virtual Presentations.


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:

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
2017 Student Design Competition
Winner: Dagmar Zvonickova, University of Westminster
Project: Hong Kong: The City of Dual Perception
Image of a concept of the hydro-city
2016 Student Design Competition
Winner: Lisa Maria Martinez, University of Arizona & Gonzalo Casado, Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca
Project: Hydro-City MXDF

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