Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Academic / Student Work
The Council is connected with numerous higher-education institutes around the world. A selection of the tall building-related work completed at these institutions is available here, including architectural design studios, student dissertations and PhD's. See also the work of the CTBUH Research, Academic and Postgraduate Working Group.
Featured Design Research Projects
Design Research Professor Profiles

Past CTBUH International Student Tall Building Design Competition Results
Collaborating Institutions - overview of all output from each institute
Dessau Institute of Architecture (DIA)
Illinois Institute of Technology

IUAV University of Venice
King Saud University
Tongji University
University of Calgary
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University of Nottingham
Vertical Architecture Studio (VAST)

Other Institutions

Design Research Studio
"Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards 2050" Studio
2016, Illinois Institute of Technology
Professors: Antony Wood & Peng Du

This studio aims to explore the sustainability and resiliency of urban environments in the context of accelerating urbanism and climate change, proposing locations and designs for new cities/infrastructure/buildings in different climates and terrains.

Design Research Studio
Reshaping Downtown – Transit-Oriented Mega-Development
2015, Tongji University
Zhendong Wang, Zhenyu Xie, Hao Wang & Peng Du

The studio looked at the overall Brickell City Centre Development and investigated programmatic and design solutions for the Phase II Tower and its integration into the existing Phase I buildings.

Design Research Studio
Network-3D – Tall Buildings as Extensions
2014, Tongji University, Zhenyu Xie, Zhendong Wang, David Malott & Peng Du

This studio explored what the three-dimensionality of cities means for tall buildings and their ability to locate extremely dense development atop major urban infrastructure while also providing quality public space.

CTBUH Competition
CTBUH Annual International Tall Building Competition
2014, Competition Jury Chair, Mun Summ Wong

The goal of the competition is to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society. In light of global climate change, public awareness of urban sustainability has forced designers to rethink and reinvent the role of the high-rise building type.

Design Research Studio
Chicago Architecture Center - A Third Place
2014, Illinois Institute of Technology, Professor Thomas Hoepf

The project presents a number of design challenges concerning mixed‐use program, constricted site, density, and sustainability, as well as the problem of creating an identity for a new institution within the context of Chicago’s iconic skyline.

Design Workshop
VAA International Student Workshop & Competition
2014, IUAV University of Venice, Professor Luigi Croce, University of Udine

The participants in this workshop was challenged in a two-week workship to design a cluster of maximum 120-meter-tall towers for an abandoned industrial site on the border of the Venice lagoon.

Flood Plain Tower Design Research Studio
2014 Spring Semester Studio
2014, King Saud University, Dr. Abdel Rahman Elbakheit

The theme of this studio was to explore the iconography of tall buildings within the city landscape. Student chose from different technical systems to what suited them in their approach. Overall, the student needed to seek a device that can cultivate an Iconic Image in the city sky.

Design Research Studio
Towards Zero Carbon – Chicago DeCarbonization Plan
2013, Tongji University & Illinois Institute of Technology, Linxue Li, Zhendong Wang, Antony Wood & Peng Du

The participants developed zero-carbon plans for Wolf Point Chicago
with a consideration of 5 different aspects – water resources, waste recycling, vertical farms, low-carbon life, and wind energy.

Flood Plain Tower Design Research Studio
2013 Fall Semester Studio
2013, King Saud University, Dr. Abdel Rahman Elbakheit

The studio experimented with environmental strategies in tall buildings context. Students were briefed to the high potential of certain technologies and their effectiveness and/or advantages in tall buildings as opposed to other building types.

Design Research Studio
Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
2013, Illinois Institute of Technology, Antony Wood, Payam Bahrami & Dario Trabucco

The participants in “Sustainable Vertical Urbanism” received a challenge to respond to an apparently simple question: “What contributes to the sustainability of cities?”

Design Research Studio
Hi(gh) Alex
2013, Dessau Institute of Architecture (DIA), Peter Ruge

The challenge of Hi(gh) Alex is to develop a program and design for a site adjacent to Alexanderplatz, reopening the debate of how this location can be best utilized as a hi(gh)light for new ideas and sustainable solutions in Berlin.