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, which will distribute $21,000 in prizes to exceptional projects. Top finalists will also have the opportunity to present in real time for winning distinctions during the CTBUH 2020 International Conference's core programming, which will take place in Singapore from October 20–21, 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 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 7: Short-listed “Semi-finalists” notified
  • • August 28: Top-five “Finalists” notified
  • • October 20–21: Top-five “Finalists” will present to the jury in Singapore at the 2020 Conference where winners will be announced.


The competition consists of two juries. The first-round jury will narrow the submissions down to 20 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 involved in the CTBUH 2020 International Conference, 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 Conference.


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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