Now in its 27th year, the competition continues to recognize top North American architecture and design firms and design students for their creative use of Italian ceramic and porcelain tile.
Winning projects will exemplify top-quality design and demonstrate the superior technical and aesthetic qualities of Italian tile. An international jury of design experts will ultimately select winners in four categories: Residential, Commercial, Institutional, and Student. In a new initiative this year, Ceramics of Italy will introduce the People’s Choice Award, which allows the public to vote on the best projects. Projects can be both domestic and international new construction and renovation projects and can range from small offices to single family homes to large-scale stadiums and beyond—but must be designed by architects and designers based in North America and completed between January 2015 and January 2020.
Winners will be notified in March and officially announced at the Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference at Coverings - North America’s premier tile and stone trade show taking place in New Orleans, LA from April 20-23, 2020. For built projects selected by the jury, the prize package includes $2,000 cash, an all-expenses paid trip to New Orleans for Coverings to present their project, plus a 5-day CEU-accredited trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie – the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings – with a delegation of top design media. An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the contractor/distributor team involved in each winning project. The winning student entry will receive an all-expenses paid trip to New Orleans to present their project in front of a large audience of media, manufacturers and tile industry professionals at Coverings 2020.
Deadline to submit is January 17th. For more information and details on how to submit, head to tilecompetition.com.
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