Before you begin your submission, please prepare the following materials in order to successfully complete the online submission process. The deadline for all submissions is 30 November .
Part 1: Basic Project Information
- Project Name
- Project Address
- Completion Date (year and month)
Part 2: Project Data
- Structural Material
- Building Function
- Height Figures (Architectural, Occupied Floor, To Tip – see criteria here)
- Observatory and Helipad Height (if applicable)
- Number of Floors
- Elevator Information (number, top speed – if known)
- Tower Gross Floor Area
- Number of Apartments, Hotel Room, Parking Spaces – if known
Part 3: Project Team (companies only, not individuals)
- Structural Engineers
- MEP Engineers
- Project Managers
- Main Contractors
- Other Consultants (if applicable)
- Material Suppliers (if known)
Part 4: Written Description
Please prepare answers to the following questions within the given word counts. Note: Projects submitted to the CTBUH Awards Program will also be included in the CTBUH’s Annual Skyscrapers publication. Please keep in mind that the text description you enter here will also be referred to in the creation of the book. View sample pages from last year’s book
- Give a succinct overview of the building, including summary of the most important building features which could be used as a short entry to explain the project holistically in a publication. (200 word maximum)
- Describe the main design ideas behind the building. (150 word maximum)
- Explain how the project relates to its “context” – both its direct site context and the wider city. (150 word maximum)
- What are the sustainable, technological, and/or innovative strategies? (150 word maximum)
- How has the project been received, by the public and the city at large? (150 word maximum)
Part 5: Participation Consent
Participation in the CTBUH Awards Program requires consent to the following:
- Finalists are required to attend and present at the two-day Awards Conference on their project, typically taking place in Chicago in May each year. These presentations will be the basis for the jury’s selection of Winners.
- Finalists are required to attend the annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner at the close of the Awards Conference, and in the event that the project is named a Winner, collect the awards and give a short acceptance speech.
- Overall Best Tall Building “Worldwide”, is also judged during the Chicago Conference and announced at the close of the Ceremony & Dinner.
- All projects entered to the CTBUH awards will also be included in the CTBUH’s Skyscrapers book publication which features a global snapshot 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.
- While it is typical that most submissions are included in the publication, CTBUH reserves the right to determine that a project will not be included for reasons that include, but are not limited to: a project does not meet the eligibility requirements for inclusion; appropriate, high resolution images were not provided in the submission; the project was submitted for multiple award categories and will only be included in the book once, etc.
- Projects located in the Greater China region (including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and Mainland China) will be automatically submitted to the CTBUH’s separate China Awards program, with no additional submission work necessary.
- Right to Usage of Materials: All submitted text, images, and drawings are provided with the understanding that they may be used in the CTBUH Annual Skyscrapers publication, as well as on the CTBUH website, press releases, and awards announcements for the purpose of promoting the awards events and winners/finalist. This includes the building’s profile page on the CTBUH Skyscraper Center database. Copyright clearance and payment of any fees for artwork is to be organized by the submitter prior to submission. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) confirms that all material will be properly identified with the appropriate copyright notice and credit line, as supplied during the upload process.
Part 6: Drawings & Images
A selection of drawings and images are required which should not exceed the file size constraints as noted below. Your submission must include the following required images/drawings:
- Context Plan
- Ground Floor Plan
- Typical Floor Plan
- Key Section
- Key Elevation
- 5 Key Exterior Images
- 5 Key Interior Images
- Additional Images and Drawings (unlimited number)
The key section drawing should be annotated to show all three CTBUH defined building heights: Height to Architectural Top, to Highest Occupied Floor, and to Tip (view height criteria/definitions).
Additional optional images could include: Façade details, structural details, night views, construction views, etc. Additional optional drawings could include: Façade details, section details, landscape plan, non-typical floor plans, environmental diagrams, etc.
The submission must include actual photography of the project. Renderings may be submitted, but only as supplements to the photography. Please note that additional final photography can be submitted for inclusion in the annual Skyscrapers book if it becomes available before the publication deadline. However, it is important that images submitted initially, to enable judging, show the project in the best possible light.
Images and drawings should be submitted as individual files and should be medium to high resolution (300dpi at 8.5in x 11in size). Whenever possible, drawings should be submitted as vector based graphics (EPS, PDF).
Supported file formats: JPG, JPEG, TIFF, TIF, EPS, PDF, DWG
Individual file sizes cannot exceed 20 MB each.
Total upload size of all files cannot exceed 500 MB.
Captions & Copyright
You will be required to provide copyright information and captions for each image/drawing uploaded. For the benefit of the jury, please be as descriptive as possible in your captions. We’ve entered your company as the default copyright holder, but please revise as necessary.
Best Tall Building Award Criteria
These awards recognize projects that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level. The winning projects must also exhibit processes and/or innovations that have added to the profession of design and enhance the cities and the lives of their inhabitants. Some of the criteria for submission are outlined below. It is important to note that, with the exception of the two points regarding completion date eligibility and tall building definitions, a project does not necessarily need to meet every listed criterion. Submissions should demonstrate strengths in areas that are applicable.
- The project advances seamless integration of architectural form, structure, building systems, sustainable design strategies, and life safety for its occupants.
- The project exhibits sustainable qualities at a broad level:
- Environment – minimize effects on the natural environment through proper site utilization, innovative uses of materials, energy reduction, use of alternative energy sources, and reduced emissions and water consumption
- People – has a positive effect on the inhabitants and the quality of human lives
- Community – demonstrates relevance to the contemporary and future needs of the community in which it is located
- Economic – adds economic vitality to its occupants, owner, and community.
- The project achieves a high standard of excellence and quality in its realization.
- The site planning and response to its immediate context ensure rich and meaningful urban environments.
- The project must be completed (topped out structurally and architecturally, fully clad, and at least partially occupied) within the 24-month eligibility window for a given year. 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.
- Projects submitted to the Best Tall Building awards must meet the CTBUH definition requirements for a “building,” noting that telecommunications/observation towers are not eligible for CTBUH awards. A tall building can be classed as such if at least 50% of its height is occupied by usable floor area. Projects must also be considered “tall” buildings. If a project is less than 14 stories, or less than 50 meters, it is unlikely to qualify. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure if your specific project will qualify.
- The contributions of the project should be generally consistent with the values and mission of the CTBUH.
- A project is only eligible for consideration of a CTBUH Best Tall Building award once, and cannot be submitted in a consecutive year’s awards program regardless of whether it may still meet the completion date criteria.
- Finalists in each regional category are expected to attend and present at the two-day Awards Conference on their project. These presentations will be the basis for the jury’s selection of Winners.
- Finalists are expected to attend the annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner at the close of the Awards Conference, and in the event that the project is named a Regional Winner, collect the award and give a short acceptance speech.
- The honor of overall Best Tall Building “Worldwide”, is also judged based on the Finalist presentations at the Awards Conference. Once the jury determines the four Regional Winners, they are also judged against one another with the Overall Worldwide winner announced at the close of the Ceremony & Dinner.
- 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 category.
- Jury selections for all Regional Winners and the Overall Building Winner must be ratified by the CTBUH Board of Trustees.
- All submissions in this category are eligible to be featured in CTBUH’s annual Skyscrapers Book.