Following the emerging international response to the novel coronavirus, and the fact that colleagues from 36 countries were scheduled to attend to present on their winning projects, CTBUH has canceled the 2020 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference. Instead, the fantastic projects scheduled to be featured at the event will be carried forward into the 2021 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference. Questions? Contact

About the Event

This conference explores and celebrates the very best in innovative tall buildings, urban spaces, building technologies, and construction practices from around the world. Incorporating what was previously known as the CTBUH Annual Awards Event, this conference will see the owner/developers and design teams from Award of Excellence winning projects compete in front of an international audience and live juries for winning distinctions.


The event brings to Chicago, home of CTBUH, a critical cross-section of tall building owners, developers, occupiers, designers, engineers, builders, and operators—along with the interested public—to investigate the cutting-edge in sustainable urbanism, as presented by the world’s foremost examples.


Join us and explore what’s on the horizon for dense vertical cities of the future!


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Videos: Previous CTBUH Award Winners

Larry Silverstein
CEO, Larry Sternschein Architects
2018 Urban Habitat Award Winner: World Trade Center Master Plan

Christoph Ingenhoven
Founder, ingenhoven architects
2012 Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia Winner: 1 Bligh Street

Hiroo Mori
Director & Executive Vice President, MORI Building
2018 10 Year Award Winner (2008 Completion): Shanghai World Financial Center

Ellen Lou
Director of Urban Design and Planning, Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill
2016 Urban Habitat Award Winner: Wuhan Tiandi Site A

Jianping Gu
General Manager, Shanghai Tower C&D
2016 Best Tall Building Worldwide Winner: Shanghai Tower

Dr. Cheong Koon Hean
CEO, Housing and Development Board
2016 Lynn S. Beedle Winner: Shaping Singapore

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