CTBUH International Student Tall Building Design Competition 2015

Sponsor: Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)

Type: Student, ideas, 1 stage

Language: English

Eligiblity: The competition is open to all students who are registered at a University level. Recent graduates can enter but must have been a registered student at least during the Fall 2014 term, i.e., August–December 2014.

Entrance Fee: None


  • First Place: US$6,000
    US$3,000 cash + stipend to attend 2015 New York Conference (up to US$3,000 value*)
  • Second Place: US$5,000
    US$2,000 cash + stipend to attend 2015 New York Conference (up to US$3,000 value*)
  • Third Place: US$4,000 
    US$1,000 cash + stipend to attend 2015 New York Conference (up to US$3,000 value*)
  • Fourth Place: US$3,000
    Stipend to attend 2015 New York Conference (up to US$3,000 value*)
    • Fifth Place: US$3,000
      Stipend to attend 2015 New York Conference (up to US$3,000 value*)
3 August 2015 – Registration Deadline
10 August 2015 – Submission Deadline
Design Challenge: The goal of the competition is to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society.
Participants are free to site their projects anywhere in the world. But this is not to undervalue the importance of site – participants should carefully consider their site (which must be a “real” site, in an existing urban location) as the site context should inherently have significant influence over the project’s design. Participants are also free to determine the size, height, function, accommodation and responsibilities of the building. The intention is these freedoms on site and program will maximize the diversity and creativity of the responses. It is also intended to allow students from specific high-rise educational studies around the world during the 2014–15 academic year to submit their projects for consideration.
Participants should engage with the exploration and resolution of the synergistic relationship of placing a tall building in a unique existing 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.
Participants need to also consider the CTBUH Criteria for defining tall buildings, such that “at least 50% of its height is occupied by usable floor area,” (i.e., proposals should be functional “buildings” not simply observation, communication, or other towers). 

For more information, go to: http://www.ctbuh.org/Default.aspx?alias=www.ctbuh.org/competition