Before you begin your submission, please prepare the following materials in order to successfully complete the online submission process. 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.

Part 1: Basic Project Information

  • Project Name
  • Project Address
  • Completion Date (year and month)


Part 2: Project Data

  • Height Figures (Architectural, Occupied Floor, To Tip – see criteria here)
  • Number of Floors
  • Building Function(s)
  • Structural Material
  • All additional relevant building data (e.g., number of units, elevator speed, gross floor area, etc.)


Part 3: Project Team (companies only, not individuals)

  • Owner/Developer
  • Architects
  • Structural Engineers
  • MEP Engineers
  • Main Contractors
  • All additional relevant companies (Consultants, Material Suppliers, etc.)


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 Tall Buildings + Urban Habitat 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 a recent edition.

  • Explain the project’s context: how it relates to its site and urban surroundings. (200 word maximum)
  • Describe the main design ideas behind the building. (200 word maximum)
  • Describe the environmental and sustainability approach. (200 words maximum)
  • How do the spatial configuration, programming and orientation of spaces support the building’s intended use(s)? (200 words maximum)
  • How do the design and building systems work together to support human productivity, experience, well-being, and other objectives? (200 words maximum)
  • Describe how the project demonstrates success for the owner, occupants, public and city at large. (200 word maximum)
  • (Optional) Please provide any additional comments about the project. (200 words maximum)


Part 5: Participation Consent

Participation in the CTBUH Awards Program requires consent to the following:

  • “Award of Excellence” winners are expected to comply with the following responsibilities:
    • Representatives of the project (for Best Tall Building, Urban Habitat, 10 Year, Interior Design and Renovation categories, this must be both the owner/developer and design architect/urban planner/interior architect) must present at the conference for consideration of also winning the category overall and Audience Awards. All speakers representing the project need 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Right to Usage of Materials: All submitted text, images, and drawings are provided with the understanding that they may be used in CTBUH’s Tall Buildings + Urban Habitat publication, as well as on the CTBUH website, press releases, award announcements, and other means of publicity for the purpose of promoting the awards events and “Award of Excellence” winners and Overall Category Winners. This includes the building’s profile page on the CTBUH database, as well as future use in CTBUH publications. 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 (Note: this should clearly show all functions in the building)
  • Key Elevation
  • 1–2 Key Overall Exterior Views
  • 5–10 Key Exterior Images
  • 5–10 Key Interior Images (Note: It is important that these showcase the functional performance of the building and go beyond aesthetics. Spatial dynamics, people using the spaces, interaction of people and building systems, etc., should be shown.)
  • Additional Images and Drawings (Note: Unlimited number. This could include façade details, section details, environmental diagrams, etc., if they are clearly demonstrating some aspect of functional performance.)

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). This section should also clearly show all functions in the building.

Additional optional images could include: Façade details, structural details, night views, construction views, section details, landscape plan, non-typical floor plans, environmental diagrams, etc.

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 conference event. If photography showing the building’s construction as substantially complete, both exterior and interior, is not available by the submission deadline, it is strongly advised to hold your submission until the following year.

General Requirements
Images and drawings should be submitted as individual files and should be medium to high resolution (300dpi at 8.5 in. x 11 in. (215.9 x 279.4 mm) 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.

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