The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) was accepting submissions for its International Student Tall Building Design Competition—culminating with the top finalists presenting in real time for winning distinctions at the CTBUH 2019 World Congress which was held in Chicago, from 28 October to 2 November 2019. This year's competition is kindly being sponsored by Tetra Tech.
The goal of the competition, which is open to all students who are currently enrolled at the university level, is to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society. Participants should engage with the exploration and resolution of the synergistic relationship between a tall building and its urban setting; how that tall building can be inspired by the cultural, physical, and environmental aspects of its site; how the program of the building is influenced by the micro and macro site/urban conditions; and how the building responds to global issues. Proposals were required to show evidence of a clear understanding of how the considerations of structure, environment, servicing, etc. are as vital to the success of a tall building as the form, materials, aesthetics, etc.


The winners of this year's competition are:
Raapbhorn Sriyuthakrai and Wei Ying Ch’ng, Tsinghua University (first-place winners)
Marlo Maraña, Technological Institute of the Philippines
Bryant Lau Liang Cheng, National University of Singapore
Romelle Angela Magumcia, EARIST, Manila
Maria Vika Wirastri, Universitas Atma Joya, Yogyakarta


The competition consisted of two juries. The first-round jury narrowed the submissions down to 20 Semi-Finalists. The second-round jury will then selected the five Finalists from the Semi-Finalists. The members of the second-round jury consisted of prominent professionals involved in the CTBUH 2019 Conference, creating an international, multi-disciplinary group of tall building experts.

Past Student Design Competition Winners

2018 Student Design Competition

Winners: Yiming Gui, Ziyue Li & Ziqiao Ma, Shenyang Jianzhu University Project: Ethnic-Minority Sky Village View 2018 Winner
2017 Student Design Competition

Winner: Dagmar Zvonickova, University of Westminster Project: Hong Kong: The City of Dual Perception View 2017 Winner
2016 Student Design Competition

Winners: Lisa Maria Martinez, University of Arizona & Gonzalo Casado, Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca Project: Hydro-City MXDF View 2016 Winner
2015 Student Design Competition

Winners: Tianyi Geng & Teng Li, University of Nottingham Project: London Vertical Campus Project View 2015 Winner