The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is an international not-for-profit organization supported by architecture, engineering, planning, development and construction professionals, designed to facilitate exchanges among those involved in all aspects of the planning, design, construction and operation of tall buildings.
Founded in 1969, the Council’s mission is to disseminate multi-disciplinary information on tall buildings and sustainable urban environments, to maximize the international interaction of professionals involved in creating the built environment, and to make the latest knowledge available to professionals in a useful form.
The CTBUH disseminates its findings, and facilitates business exchange, through: the publication of books, monographs, proceedings/reports and technical guides; the organization of world congresses, international, regional and specialty conferences and workshops; the maintenance of an extensive website and The Skyscraper Center, a tall building database of built, under construction and proposed buildings; the distribution of a monthly international tall building newsletter; the maintaining of an international resource center; the bestowing of annual awards for design and construction excellence and individual lifetime achievement; the management of special working groups & committees; and the publication of the CTBUH Journal, a professional journal containing refereed papers written by researchers, scholars and practicing professionals. The Council actively undertakes research into relevant fields in conjunction with its members and industrial partners, and has in place an international “Global Representative” network, with regional CTBUH representatives promoting the mission of the Council across the globe.
The Council is the arbiter of the criteria upon which tall building height is measured, and thus the title of “The World’s Tallest Building” determined. CTBUH is the world’s leading body dedicated to the field of tall buildings and urban habitat and the recognized international source for information in these fields.