This award recognizes projects that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of construction in tall buildings, and take the technical solutions and possibilities for tall building construction to the next level. The project must display a superior level of quality and technical complexity over that of its peers, with elements that are transferable to other projects and have the potential to influence construction practices and the future of tall buildings in a positive way. The criteria for submission are outlined below. It is important to note that, with the exception of the three points regarding completion date eligibility, tall building definitions, and minimum height, a project does not necessarily need to meet every listed criterion. Submissions should demonstrate strengths in areas that are applicable.

  1. The project advances innovative construction, perhaps in a configuration that has not been attempted, or achieved, before.
  2. The solutions are efficient, cost-effective, and replicable to other projects.
  3. The project may exhibit significant technical innovations, in relation to the completed project or tower form, the materials used in the construction, or innovative construction techniques employed to deliver the project
  4. The project may be a triumph over difficult conditions, a complex or constrained site location, or complicated integration into a wider urban context involving other infrastructure or built form projects.
  5. The project may be a proficient execution of a complicated or exacting design and/or achieve a superlative speed and efficiency, in respect of the overall construction period or key aspects of the project delivery (for example, during the structure, façade or fit out phases).
  6. The project achieves a high standard of excellence and quality in its realization.
  7. Projects must be a minimum of 100 meters tall.
  8. The project must be completed (topped out structurally and architecturally, fully clad, and at least partially occupiable) within a 24-month eligibility window: 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.
  9. 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 Innovation Conference event.
  10. Projects submitted to all CTBUH awards must meet the CTBUH definition requirements for a “building,” noting that telecommunications/observation towers are not eligible. A tall building can be classed as such if at least 50% of its height is occupied by usable floor area. Please contact awards@ctbuh.org if you are unsure if your specific project will qualify.
  11. The contributions of the project should be generally consistent with the values and mission of the CTBUH.