Tall Building Construction Award Criteria

Note: Projects are considered for two levels of recognition: (1) “Award of Excellence” winners, based on the online submission, (2) all “Award of Excellence” winners then go forward to live presentation judging at the annual innovation conference, for consideration of the category winner overall.

This award recognizes projects that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of construction in tall buildings, and take the technical solutions and possibilities for tall building construction to the next level. The project must display a superior level of quality and technical complexity over that of its peers, with elements that are transferable to other projects and have the potential to influence construction practices and the future of tall buildings in a positive way. The criteria for submission are outlined below. It is important to note that, with the exception of the three points regarding completion date eligibility, tall building definitions, and minimum height, a project does not necessarily need to meet every listed criterion. Submissions should demonstrate strengths in areas that are applicable.

  1. The project advances innovative construction, perhaps in a configuration that has not been attempted, or achieved, before.
  2. The solutions are efficient, cost-effective, and replicable to other projects.
  3. The project may exhibit significant technical innovations, in relation to the completed project or tower form, the materials used in the construction, or innovative construction techniques employed to deliver the project
  4. The project may be a triumph over difficult conditions, a complex or constrained site location, or complicated integration into a wider urban context involving other infrastructure or built form projects.
  5. The project may be a proficient execution of a complicated or exacting design and/or achieve a superlative speed and efficiency, in respect of the overall construction period or key aspects of the project delivery (for example, during the structure, façade or fit out phases).
  6. The project achieves a high standard of excellence and quality in its realization.
  7. Projects must be a minimum of 100 meters tall.
  8. The project must be completed (topped out structurally and architecturally, fully clad, and at least partially occupiable) within a 24-month eligibility window: for the  awards, a project must have a completion date between January 1,  and December 31, . In some cases, a project may be complete according to CTBUH completion criteria, but the presence of a crane/hoist for ongoing interior fit-out work may prevent final photography and thus submission to the current year’s awards. In such cases, a one-year grace period to the above date criteria may be granted.
  9. It should also be noted that, though materials should be sufficient to inform and inspire the jury in making their decision on “Awards of Excellence” winners, supplementary, final photography and other materials can be submitted prior to the final category judging at the Innovation Conference event.
  10. Projects submitted to all CTBUH awards must meet the CTBUH definition requirements for a “building,” noting that telecommunications/observation towers are not eligible. A tall building can be classed as such if at least 50% of its height is occupied by usable floor area. Please contact awards@ctbuh.org if you are unsure if your specific project will qualify.
  11. The contributions of the project should be generally consistent with the values and mission of the CTBUH.
Additional Notes:

  • A project is only eligible for consideration of a CTBUH award in a specific category once, and cannot be submitted in a consecutive year’s awards program for the same category regardless of whether it may still meet the completion date criteria.
  • A single project can submit for consideration across multiple award categories, in the same or consecutive year, though each submission needs to be crafted differently, according to the specifics of the particular awards category criteria.
  • Awards in some categories may not be conferred on an annual basis if the criteria cannot be clearly met or demonstrated.
  • If a juror is connected with a nominated project, he/she will not be involved in the judging of that project.
  • Jury selections for all winners must be ratified by the CTBUH Board of Trustees.
  • All projects entered to the CTBUH awards will also be eligible for inclusion in CTBUH’s Skyscrapers book publication which features a global overview of tall building completion annually. The book is published by CTBUH and distributed globally, thus providing excellent promotion for the submitted projects and companies involved.
  • “Award of Excellence” winners are expected to comply with the following responsibilities:
    • Representatives of the project (for Best Tall Building, Urban Habitat, and Renovation categories this must be both the owner/developer and design architect/urban planner) must present at the two-day Innovation Conference to be held in Shenzhen, China from April 08-10, for consideration of also winning the category overall, with all speakers representing the project needing to be CTBUH organizational members. These presentations will form the basis for the jury’s selection of Overall Category Winners.
    • Attend the annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner at the close of the Innovation Conference to collect the award(s).
    • Support the Council, who do not charge any fees to administer the awards program, by all speakers paying the subsidized speaker registration rate at the Conference.