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Ceramics of Italy launches 2022 Tile Competition

The 29th edition will honor North American architects, designers, and students whose projects highlight the technical and aesthetic benefits of Italian tile

2021 Commercial Winner The Cove at the Piazza – Post Brothers

(November 29, 2021 – New York, NY) Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Agency are happy to announce that the 2022 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition is now open for entries. With previous winners like Rockwell Group, Perkins and Will, and Snøhetta, this prestigious annual awards program celebrates the exceptional work of top North American architects, designers, and students who use Italian ceramic and porcelain tile in their projects to create innovative solutions that demonstrate a keen understanding of the material’s practical, aesthetic, and sustainable benefits. An international jury of design experts will select winners and honorable mentions in four built project categories, as well as a winner in the Student category. Architects and designers based in the U.S. or Canada and students currently enrolled in a North American college or university are invited to submit their work through January 7, 2022.  

2021 Single-Family Residential Winner Casa Las Vistas – Taller KEN

Projects in each of the four built categories – Commercial, Institutional, Multi-Family Residential, and Single-Family Residential – can be new construction or renovations and must have been completed between January 2017 and January 2022. The jury will consider all styles and scales of projects located anywhere in the world, including, but not limited to: office buildings; spas; restaurants; stores and malls; hotels; religious buildings; schools or universities; apartment complexes and multi-unit housing developments; private residences; government or civic buildings; hospitals, labs, or doctor’s offices; museums and cultural institutions; transportation hubs; recreational and athletic facilities; and more. Each submission will be carefully weighed against several criteria, including the project’s overall design and sustainable attributes, 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, and the quality of the tile installation.

2021 Institutional Winner Fleming College A-Wing, Sutherland Campus – Gow Hastings

Carrying on the program’s tradition of recognizing and empowering the next generation of professional architects and designers, the jury will once again review submissions from students who create imaginative spaces using Italian tile. Individuals or groups of students are invited to submit their projects and ideas in the form of renderings, floor plans and/or sketches. Students must be enrolled in an accredited North American college or university at the time of submission to be eligible.

Winners and honorable mentions will be notified in February and publicly announced during the next edition of Coverings – the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America – taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada from April 5-8, 2022. Winners across all five categories will be invited to Las Vegas to attend the showand present their projects in front of a large audience of design and trade media, manufacturers, and tile industry professionals during the Ceramics of Italy Press Conference. Also, in addition to a cash prize of $1,500, the four built project category winners will receive a 5-day CEU 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 from September 26-30, 2022.

2021 Student Winner G2 Yoga and Bath – Sarah Gbobo

The competition guidelines, submission form, and an archive of beautiful winning projects from the past 28 years can be found on the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition website, www.tilecompetition.com. There is no fee to enter and multiple submissions are welcome.

The deadline for entries is January 7, 2022.


Ceramics of Italy is the trademark for Italian manufacturers of ceramic tiles, sanitaryware and tableware, that are members of Confindustria Ceramica. For more information on the ceramic tile sector, visit www.ceramica.info/en/. For instant updates on Ceramics of Italy, connect with the industry on Facebook (@CeramicsOfItalyNA) or Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest (@CeramicsOfItaly).

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