Call for Entries: The 2016 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition

Call for entries

Calling all North American architects and designers! Ceramics of Italy is looking for entries for their 2016 Tile Competition! A jury of international design experts will select three winning projects as well as honorable mentions that utilize the technical and aesthetic qualities of Italian tile in residential, institutional, and commercial/hospitality sectors. Projects displaying the highest level of functionality, creativity, sustainability and aesthetic appeal will be rewarded with valued prizes as well as exposure in the industry.

To qualify for the competition, projects must be designed by North American based architects and designers, completed in the past five years (January 2011 to January 2016) and feature a significant portion of Italian ceramic or porcelain tile. Domestic and international projects, renovations and new buildings, and all scales and styles will be equally considered in three categories (residential, commercial and institutional).

The judge’s official criteria includes:

  • Overall design of the project
    Aesthetic and technical quality of the tile installation
    Degree to which the tile enhances the setting

Winners will be notified in March and officially announced at the Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference at Coverings 2016. Winners will receive travel and accommodations to attend the show in Chicago, where they will receive the award. Additionally, each category winner will receive a cash prize of $4,000 plus a 5-day trip to Bologna, Italy next fall to attend Cersaie – the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings – alongside a handpicked delegation of colleagues and design journalists. The trip includes CEU credits and guided tours of the show as well as cultural visits around Italy and an amazing networking opportunity with other industry professionals from across North America.

Enter by January 15, 2016 for a chance to win! The competition guidelines, online application and an archive of beautiful winning projects from past years can be found on the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition website, There is no fee to enter and multiple submissions are accepted.