The CTBUH Awards celebrate tall buildings in their every dimension. From project conception through the various design and engineering awards to project realization with the construction and renovation awards, the program recognizes the interconnected disciplines involved in these complex projects. In addition, projects vie for distinction within a specific height band, and in context as urban habitat. Lastly, 10-year awards commend time-proven projects.

See project category criteria and submission requirements below. Please note: all known building data fields from the CTBUH tall building database will automatically populate the award submission form, reducing the number of required fields for each submission. Submitters retain the ability to add additional building information and amend any of the existing fields, where appropriate.


Urban Habitat Awards Criteria: Single Site & District/Master Plan Scales

Note: Projects are considered for two levels of recognition: (1) “Award of Excellence” winners, based on the online submission and Phase 1 judging, (2) all “Award of Excellence” winners then go forward to live presentation judging at the annual conference, for determination of the Overall Category winner and Audience Award winner in each category.

These two awards acknowledge that the impact of a tall building is far wider than just the building itself, and recognize significant contributions to the urban realm in connection with tall buildings. Submissions are judged and awarded across two scales: “Single Site” and “District/Master Plan.” All projects should demonstrate a positive contribution to the surrounding environment, add to the social sustainability of both their immediate and wider settings, and represent design influenced by context, both environmentally and culturally. The winning projects must also exhibit processes and/or innovations that have added to the profession of urban design and enhance the cities and the lives of their inhabitants.

  1. “Single Site” submissions should consider a specific, defined site area where the interface between tall building and urban realm is exemplary.
  2. “District/Master Plan” submissions should consider solutions that go beyond a single site, from a successful common open area that engages with several surrounding tall buildings, to the unified design of a district or city.
  3. The site or master plan must be fully realized at the time of submission; proposals or visions are not eligible. In the case of a master plan, a multi-phase plan that is only partially completed will be accepted, but must be far enough progressed that its urbanistic intent is evident.
  4. The “urban habitat” aspect of the project must have been completed and utilized within a 36-month eligibility window which starts one year after project completion: for the  awards, a project must thus have a completion date between January 1,  and December 31, . Please note that this completion window is set back one full year from building-related submissions to allow time for the urban habitat to have significantly established itself (e.g., landscaping, etc.).

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 the CTBUH Tall Buildings + Urban Habitat 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. 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.
  • “Award of Excellence” winners are expected to comply with the following responsibilities:
    • In order to be considered for winning the category overall and audience awards, a representative from the project must present at the conference. For the Best Tall Building, Urban Habitat, 10 Year, Interior Design and Renovation categories, both the owner/developer and design architect/urban planner/interior architect must present. All speakers who represent the project need to be CTBUH organizational members. These presentations will form the basis for the jury’s selection of overall category winners and audience awards.
    • Attend the annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner at the close of the conference to collect the award(s).
    • Support the Council, which does not charge any fees to administer the awards program, by way of all speakers paying the subsidized speaker registration rate at the Conference.