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Tall Building Design International Competition

Tall Building Design International Competition in USA

Country: USA
City: Chicago
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The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is now accepting submissions for its 8th International Student Tall Building Design Competition – culminating with the top finalists presenting in real time for winning distinctions at the CTBUH 2019 World Congress to be held in Chicago, from 28 October to 2 November 2019.

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. Moreover, 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; as well as, how the building responds to global issues. Further, 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.

What will the Winners of Tall Building Design Competition win?

The winner of the Tall Building Design International competition will win:

  • First Place: US$6,000 [US$3,000 cash + stipend to attend CTBUH 2019 Conference]
  • Second Place: US$5,000 [US$2,000 cash + stipend to attend CTBUH 2019 Conference]
  • Third Place: US$4,000 [US$1,000 cash + stipend to attend CTBUH 2019 Conference]
  • Fourth Place: Stipend to attend CTBUH 2019 Conference (up to US$3,000 value*)
  • Fifth Place: Stipend to attend CTBUH 2019 Conference (up to US$3,000 value*)
  • Honorable Mentions

Moreover, the five finalists will receive a stipend of up to $3000 to attend the CTBUH Tall Building Design competition.

Who is eligible to participate in the Tall Building Design Competition?

  • All university students may participate in the design competition. CTBUH strongly encourages multidisciplinary teams.
  • Students may participate in teams consisting from one to five individuals.
  • One team may submit only one single project.
  • Students cannot participate in more than one team.
  • If a team chooses to work under the guidance of a faculty advisor, they must provide his/her name when registering. While students cannot participate on more than one team, a faculty member is eligible to advise multiple teams.
  • All team members must submit proof of student status when they register. The participants must submit a scanned copy of a student ID or other form of verification for each member of the team to the registration site in order to successfully complete the registration.
  • After your registration and confirmation of student status, the CTBUH will issue you a unique registration number which will be necessary for the final submission.
  • Also, there are no registration fees. Participation in the CTBUH Competition is free.

How to apply for the International Tall Building Design competition?

To apply for the international building design competition applicants must register for the competition online. Moreover, the entrants must register their team while also submitting proof of being a student. Next, the applicant must submit their design before the deadline.


The deadline for the CTBUH Tall Building Design Competition is on 15 July 2019.


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline15 July,2019
Open toAll Nationalities
OrganizerCouncil on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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