Now in its 30th year, the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition recognizes the exceptional work of North American architects and designers who feature Italian ceramic tiles in their institutional, residential and commercial spaces.
- Multi-Family Residential
- Single-Family Residential
Winners in the built-project categories will receive a 5-day CEU trip to Italy to attend Cersaie: The world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings, alongside a delegation of top design media. Also, all category winners will receive an expense-paid trip to Coverings 2023 in Orlando, Florida – the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America – where they will attend the show and present their projects in front of a large audience of design and trade media, manufacturers, and tile industry professionals.
A panel of design experts will judge the projects based on their creativity, functionality, sustainability and aesthetic appeal. The official criterion for the jury includes: the project’s overall design, the innovative use of tile, tile design, the degree to which Italian tile enhances the setting, the amount of ceramic or porcelain tile from Ceramics of Italy member companies used throughout the project, the quality of the tile installation, and the project’s sustainable attributes.
Commercial, Institutional, Multi-Family Residential, and Single-Family Residential projects completed between January 2018 and January 2023 are eligible in the built categories. Projects can be new construction or renovation and domestic or international as long as the architect or designer is based in North America.
As this competition celebrates the use of Italian tile, projects must feature a significant amount of ceramic or porcelain tile from at least one Ceramics of Italy member company.
Students submitting imaginative spaces in the form of renderings, floor plans and/or sketches can work in teams or individually.