CTBUH 2021 Student Design Competition


The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)’s 10th Student Tall Building Design Competition culminated with the top finalists presenting for winning distinctions at the virtual CTBUH 2021 Student Design Competition on 29 September 2021.


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 are due by July 26, 2021 (12:00 p.m. CST) and participants must register their participants by July 19, 2021 (12:00 p.m. CST)


Download Brief


Submit a Project


Questions may be directed to [email protected]


Key Dates

  • July 19: Registration deadline
  • July 26: Submission deadline
  • August 13: Short-listed “Semi-finalists” notified
  • September 3: Top-five “Finalists” notified
  • September 29: Top-five Finalists presented to the jury at the virtual CTBUH 2021 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 final jury seletion annoucment will be made closer to the submission deadline. 



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