Before you begin your submission, please prepare the following materials in order to successfully complete the online submission process. The deadline for all submissions is December 14, 2015.

Part 1: Basic Project Information

  • Project Name
  • Project Address
  • Completion Date (year and month)

Part 2: Project Data

  • Structural Material
  • Building Function
  • Height Figures (Architectural, Occupied Floor, To Tip – see criteria here)
  • Observatory and Helipad Height (if applicable)
  • Number of Floors
  • Elevator Information (number, top speed – if known)
  • Tower Gross Floor Area
  • Number of Apartments, Hotel Room, Parking Spaces – if known

Part 3: Project Team (companies only, not individuals)

  • Owner/Developer
  • Architects
  • Structural Engineers
  • MEP Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Main Contractors
  • Other Consultants (if applicable)
  • Material Suppliers (if known)

Part 4: Written Description

Please prepare answers to the following questions within the given word counts. Note: This year’s submitted projects will be featured in the 2015 CITAB-CTBUH Best China Tall Buildings Book to be published in conjunction with the Awards. Please keep in mind that the text description you enter here will also be referred to in the creation of the book. View sample pages from last year’s CTBUH Best Tall Buildings book

  • Give a succinct overview of the building, including summary of the most important building features. (200 word maximum)
  • Describe the design concept of the building, including its approach to the urban context (400 word maximum)
  • What are the sustainable strategies and/or areas of innovation within this project? (400 word maximum)

Part 5: Documents, Drawings & Images

A selection of drawings and images are required. There is no limit to the number of drawings/images that can be submitted as long as they do not exceed the file size constraints as noted below. However, your submission must include the following required images/drawings.

A number of certifications are also required. Please upload these certifications as PDF files.

Required Documents:

  • Project completion certification documents (with official stamps of the organizations)
  • Project joint completion statement (with official stamps of the organizations), if project is being submitted by multiple organizations
  • Submitting organization’s qualification certificates (with official stamps of the organizations)

Required Images:

  • Overall Exterior – In Context
  • Overall Exterior – Close
  • Building Entry – Exterior
  • Building Lobby – Interior
  • Significant interior spaces

Required Drawings:

  • Context Plan
  • Ground Floor Plan
  • Typical Floor Plan
  • Typical Section(s)
  • Elevation(s)

At least one section should be annotated to show all three CTBUH defined building heights: Height to Architectural Top, to Highest Occupied Floor, and to Tip (view height criteria/definitions).

Additional optional images could include: Façade details, structural details, night views, construction views, etc. Additional optional drawings could include: Façade details, section details, landscape plan, non-typical floor plans, environmental diagrams, etc.

The submission must include actual photography of the project. Renderings may be submitted, but only as supplements to the photography. Please note that additional final photography can be submitted for inclusion in the Best Tall Buildings book if it becomes available before the publication deadline.

General Requirements
Images and drawings should be submitted as individual files and should be medium to high resolution (300dpi at 8.5in x 11in size). Whenever possible, drawings should be submitted as vector based graphics (EPS, PDF).

Supported file formats: JPG, JPEG, TIFF, TIF, EPS, PDF, DWG

Individual file sizes cannot exceed 20 MB each.
Total upload size of all files cannot exceed 500 MB.

Captions, Copyright & Sort Order
Once your images/drawings are added you will be asked to provide copyright information and captions. For the benefit of the jury, please be as descriptive as possible in your captions. The jury will review the files in the order you upload them. We advise starting with images, going from a broad view to details, then drawings, from context to details.


  • The submitting organization should be responsible for all the project data. Post-submittal adjustments and revisions will not be accepted once reviewing has begun. The results of the judging shall be accepted by the submitting organization.
  • Incomplete or non-compliant applications will not be accepted.
  • In order to facilitate a smooth application, all submitting organizations should designate a single point of contact for all awards correspondence.