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
  • Tall Buildings within the Project (if different from above)
  • Project Address
  • Completion Date (year and month)

Part 2: Project Data

  • Total Land Area
  • Total Building Footprint Area
  • Total Open Area
  • Total Hardscape (Streets & sidewalks, large business complexes & housing developments, etc.)
  • Total Softscape (Includes greens, water features, gardens, etc.)

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

  • Owner/Developer
  • Urban Planners
  • Architects
  • Landscape 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 winning and finalist projects will be featured in the 2015 CITAB-CTBUH Best 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 project, including a summary of the most important features. (200 word maximum)
  • Describe how the project makes a positive contribution to the surrounding environment, and the relationship with the tall buildings within the project. (400 word maximum)
  • Describe any particularly innovative features of the project that contribute to sustainability, bearing in mind that “sustainability” includes environment, economic, and social aspects. (400 word maximum)

Part 5: 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:

  1. Overall Project
  2. Project Details
  3. Public Spaces
  4. Hardcapes/Softscapes
  5. Other Significant Spaces

Required Drawings:

  1. Context Plan
  2. Landscape Plan
  3. Ground Floor Plan (showing relationships between tall building(s) and site)
  4. Site Section(s)
  5. Site Elevation(s)

Additional optional images could include: Night views, construction views, etc. Additional optional drawings could include: Site Diagrams, 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.