2016 Key Dates

Call for Submissions12 October 2015
Submission Deadline14 December 2015
Judging PeriodDecember 2015 - January 2016
Awards Recipients AnnouncedFebruary 2016
Awards Event Registration OpensMarch 2016
Production of Best China Tall Buildings BookJanuary - March 2016
Printing & Delivery of BookMay 2016
Awards Symposium, Dinner & Ceremony13 May 2016

Rem Koolhaas presents at the 2013 Global Awards Symposium, after CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, won Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia


Based on the successful CTBUH worldwide tall buildings awards program, the CITAB-CTBUH China Tall Buildings Awards Program is a joint initiative of CTBUH and the China International Exchange Committee for Tall Buildings (CITAB), established in April 2015.

Each group appoints an equal number of members to the jury, which will judge projects submitted through the process described below. The culmination of the process is an Awards Ceremony and Dinner where the awards are bestowed, preceded by an afternoon Symposium, in which the year’s award recipients and a select number of Honorable Distinction recipients present their projects.


The Call for Awards is issued in October each year. This begins an open submission period, in which companies submit their projects for consideration via the online submission portal. There are no entry fees associated with the China Tall Building Awards. The submission period closes in December and the award recipients are selected by the Awards Jury (for more details see “Judging” section below). Award recipients are typically announced in February. All projects participating in the awards program are eligible to be featured in the annual Best Tall Buildings China Book, which is published in conjunction with a major publisher and distributed internationally each year, in dual language. The book launch coincides with the annual Awards Ceremony.

The team from International Commerce Centre accepts the 2014 Performance Award from CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood


The judging responsibilities are as follows:

  • Jury: Responsible for selecting the Best Tall Building China, China Urban Habitat, China Construction, and China Innovation award recipients. In the Best Tall Building China category, the jury selects a number of “Excellence” recipients, which go on to compete for the Best Tall Building China Overall Winner Award. Representatives of the Excellence recipients present their projects at the Symposium, after which the jury convenes to determine the overall winner. In addition, the jury selects a number of Honorary Distinction recipients. In all other categories, the jury selects one Winner, and a number of Honorable Distinction recipients.
  • CITAB Board of Trustees and CTBUH China Office Board: Responsible for selecting the Outstanding Achievement Award of Chinese Tall Buildings winner and the Chinese Tall Building Legacy Award winner.


Winners: CTBUH Expectations

All China Tall Building Award recipients carry the following expectations (pertaining to the building owner/lead consultants in the case of buildings):

  • Recipients are expected to attend the annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner in May to collect their awards and give short acceptance speeches.
  • Recipients are expected to attend and present at the Awards Symposium on the project/ personal work on the day of the Awards Ceremony & Dinner.
  • Additional and comprehensive material must be provided for inclusion in the annual Best Tall Buildings China Book.
  • Occasionally, recipients may be invited to sit on the Awards Jury the following year.
Ma Yansong presents Absolute Towers at the 2012 Global Awards Symposium