This award is bestowed by the CTBUH Board of Trustees, and is not open for general submission.

The CTBUH Global Icon Award is bestowed to a unique tall building for the profound impact it has made, not only on its local/regional context, but on the genre of tall buildings globally. Innovative in planning, design, and execution, the building will have influenced and re-shaped the field of tall building architecture, engineering, and urban planning. This award is only conferred occasionally, perhaps every ten or fifteen years, when merited by an exceptional building. The inaugural CTBUH Global Icon Award was conferred on the Burj Khalifa in 2010.