The CTBUH Annual Awards program recognizes projects, practices, and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability and human well-being at the highest and broadest level. The objective is to deliver a comprehensive and sophisticated view of these important buildings, spaces, actions, and technologies, while advocating for improvements in every aspect of their performance, especially those that have the greatest impact on the people who use them each day. This means that the buildings highlighted are often not the tallest in a given year, but represent the best qualities and innovations in the typology. Award-winning projects are recognized at the annual CTBUH International Conference, where Award of Excellence winners in each category present their projects to an international audience and live juries. All winners will be recognized throughout and at the close of the Conference.


The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat initiated its annual awards program in 2002 with the creation of the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award, later adding the Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. Recognition of team achievement in tall building projects began in 2007 with the introduction of the Best Tall Building suite of awards. The awards program has continued to expand to address specific industry developments and recognize buildings, innovations, and individuals that are pushing the industry forward. Current categories and criteria may be found here.