Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P. Manila Architecture Student bags 4th place in 8th International Student Tall Building Design Competition

Marlo Maraña at the awarding ceremony of the 8th International Student Tall Building Design Competition organized by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

Fourth year BS Architecture student Marlo Maraña from the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) Manila represented the Philippines at the CTBUH World Congress held in Chicago, Illinois after placing fourth in the 8th International Student Tall Building Design Competition organized by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

The whole process of the competition lasted seven months and it received 164 entries from across the world. The CTBUH filtered all the entries and picked their shortlisted semi-finalists. After weeks of deliberation, the organizer chose the top five finalists who presented their ideas to the jury in Chicago.

Three of the top five finalists were from China, Indonesia, and Singapore while the other two were from the Philippines. They presented their projects to a jury composed of firm owners, architects, engineers, and developers from around the world.

Maraña presented “The Eco-Steam Project”, a skyscraper that will be flexible in accommodating the rapidly growing population of future cities. Since studies reveal that 68% of people will move to the cities by 2050, Maraña aims to deal with this “City Density” through his project.

When asked about how the presentation to the jury was, Maraña proudly shared, “I was able to present (my project) with composure and I also had this sense of pride because I was able to present my idea in front of well-known professionals in the industry from across the world.”

Aside from the US$3,000 stipend to attend CTBUH 2019 Conference, Maraña also received a certificate as recognition for his achievement.

Maraña encouraged other T.I.P.ians to join the next International Tall Building Design Competition saying, “It is a great opportunity to surpass the limitations they set within themselves. It will also help them experience new things as they go outside their boxes.”

The organizer of the 8th International Student Tall Building Design Competition, the CTBUH, is a non-profit organization which developed the international standards for measuring tall building height, and recognizes superior achievement in tall and urban building projects globally. It is also the world's leading resource for professionals focused on the inception, design, construction, and operation of tall buildings and future cities.

Following his success in the international competition, Maraña was invited to speak at the Future Cities Forum 2019 which was co-organized by the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) and Philippine Energy Effiency Alliance (PE2). Maraña once again presented his winning project in front of developers, engineers, and government officials present in the said event.