CTBUH 2020 Student Research Competition

Call for Proposal: CTBUH Student Research Competition 2020 [Awards Worth Rs. 15 L]: Submit by April 18


The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is the world’s leading resource for professionals focused on the inception, design, construction, and operation of tall buildings and future cities.

Founded in 1969 and headquartered at Chicago’s historic Monroe Building, the CTBUH is a notfor-profit organization with an Asia Headquarters office at Tongji University, Shanghai; a Research Office at Iuav University, Venice, Italy; and an Academic Office at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

About the Competition

The CTBUH is announcing the “Call for Proposals” for its CTBUH 2020 Student Research Competition – culminating with an award of $20,000 to be recognized at the CTBUH 2020 International Conference, held in Singapore & Kuala Lumpur, from October 19 to October 23, 2020.


The goal of the 2020 Student Research Competition is to assist talented students, working in groups under the guidance of a professor, to focus on a relevant research question, and create an engaging “output” as a response. Research proposals should directly relate to the 2020 topic of “Sustainable Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat”.

Topics of Proposals

Proposals can come from any topic/discipline, including but not limited to: architecture, construction, energy issues, environmental engineering, façade design, financial & cost issues, fire & life safety, humanities, infrastructure, interiors, maintenance & cleaning, materials, MEP engineering, policy making, resource management, seismic, social aspects, structural engineering, systems development, urban planning, vertical transportation, wind engineering, etc.

  • Applications will be accepted from either student, as individuals or groups, or PhD candidates. In both cases, a professor of the belonging faculty will act as a primary student advisor. The academic professional must represent public or private institutions that can effectively carry out the research (i.e., non-institutional, individual private submissions will not be accepted).
  • Each student or team can submit only one research proposal. The submitter or team members do not need to be CTBUH members, however, it is expected that the award recipient(s) will become CTBUH members and get involved in the activities of the Council more generally.
  • Team projects may have as many students that are deemed necessary but must designate one academic professional who will serve also as the communication liaison with the CTBUH.

The award for this competition will be provided by the Funding Sponsor in the amount of $20,000, paid in two installments of $10,000. CTBUH will facilitate the transfer of funds to the appropriate university or professor involved with this project to support the students in their research activities.

How to Submit?

Interested applicants can submit proposals through this link.

Important Dates
  • February 18: Competition formally launched
  • April 18: Submission deadline
  • April 28–June 5: Judging period
  • June 10: Decision communicated to winning team
  • October 19–23: Winner announced at the 2020 Conference

Email: research[at]ctbuh.org

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