Key Information


9–12 November 2022


An in-person conference convened around key themes and in conjunction with the CTBUH 2022 Awards Program


Chicago, USA

Anticipated Audience

1,000+ global delegates

Tall Excellence: Seeking the Ideal in Vertical Urbanism

The traditional understanding of tall buildings and, by extension, density and cities, is facing new challenges, including carbon, climate change, and the demand for better social, economic, and environmental outcomes.

The premise of the skyscraper for the past 150 years—predominantly economic and iconographic—is now confronted with a new type of urban density, one that seeks to provide more than just functional space and a marketable skyline. The fight against the deterioration of the natural environment has an equivalent in cities and tall buildings that likewise forces us to raise the bar, rethink attitudes, and choose paradigms for far more sustainable, livable, and equitable urban spaces.

Program Overview

Wednesday, 9 November

Workshops +
Evening Networking

Thursday, 10 November

Core Program +
Evening Sponsor-Organized Social Events

Friday, 11 November

Core Program +
Awards Ceremony &

Saturday, 12 November

Off-Site Programs

“Tall Excellence: Seeking the Ideal in Vertical Urbanism” focuses on moving beyond the here and now to ask:

What is the best possible tall building? What is it made of? Where and how should we plan it? How should we build it? Who will occupy it?

In other words: What would be the most optimal solution for any given tall building, or indeed city, on a particular site, in a particular climate, at a particular moment in time? And, crucially, which current projects—built or planned—point the way forward? Integrating the CTBUH Awards Program and the best selection of projects being designed and delivered today, this in-person conference showcases the industry’s stellar achievements and latent potential to answer these critical questions.

This integrated understanding of excellence will also inform an important new initiative at CTBUH: the establishment of a global accreditation and certification program for both buildings and professionals. Would this new program be aimed at one holistic rating for a tall building’s performance across all disciplines, or be a raft of separate ratings? How would excellence be assessed? And could this accreditation and certification program inform a new joined-up code for tall buildings internationally?

Join us in the birthplace of the skyscraper, Chicago, to be a part of this essential debate on the future.

Get Involved

  • Sponsor: Conference sponsors see a myriad of great benefits, such as maximizing speaking opportunities, the promotion of company brand and expertise internationally, complimentary delegate registrations, and much more. See all sponsorship opportunities.
  • Serve: Help plan and program the event by joining the Local Conference Steering Committee, a group of CTBUH members who make a one-year commitment to assist with steering the overall direction of the conference. Contact to learn more.

Thought Leadership

From inspiring keynotes, to stimulating panel discussions, hear from the world’s most iconic thought leaders who are rethinking and reimagining the creation of more sustainable, livable, and equitable urban spaces.


Celebrate the world’s most iconic projects from changemakers in the AEC industry. Hear from the teams who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment in 2021.

Assessing Excellence

This exploration of excellence will inform an important new initiative at CTBUH: the establishment of a global accreditation and certification program for both buildings and professionals. Join in the conversation and help inform the future of excellence.