CTBUH Student Research Competition 


The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is pleased to announce the 2021 Student Research Competition—culminates with an award of US$5,000 to be recognized/ promoted through CTBUH channels and platforms. 


The goal of the 2021 Student Research Competition is to assist talented students, working in groups under the guidance of a professor, to focus on a relevant research question, and create an engaging output as a response. Research proposals are to directly relate to the 2021 topic of “Sustainable Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.” Proposals are eligible to come from any topic/discipline. It is up to the students to interpret the theme, and outline how their research would address it, including how the funds would be used to support the intended outcome. In fact, the ultimate objective of this award is to give the chance to students of any discipline to immerse themselves—for the first time, in detailed, academic research, under the guidance of a professor—in a topic in which they are particularly interested and invested.



Submission Deadline

Submissions are due by Thursday 22 July 2021 (12:00 p.m. CST). 



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Key Dates

  • 20 April 2021: Call for Submissions
  • 22 June 2021: Submission Deadline
  • 30 June–22 July 2021: Judging Period
  • 23 July 2021: Winning Team Notified
  • 29 July 2021: Official Winner Announcement
  • Late 2021–Early 2022: Research Project Undertaken





The evaluation of proposals is guided by the expert jury, with guidance from the funding sponsor. The jury reflects a group of tall building/urban experts from around the world as well as academics and university professors. 




Full details of the Student Research Competition, including submission requirements, criteria, procedures, etc. can be found in the Award Brief document.




Past Student Research Competition Winners:


2020 Student Research Competition

Funding Sponsor: Sun Hung Kai Properties


2019 Student Research Competition



2018 Student Research Competition

Funding Sponsor: Underwriters Laboratories


2017 Student Research Competition

Funding Sponsor: Underwriters Laboratories