The Italian ceramic tile industry’s architecture competition in Europe and North America

Edi.Cer. S.p.A., a publishing, promotion and services company wholly owned by Confindustria Ceramica, as well as the organiser of Cersaie (International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings) and owner of the Ceramics of Italy trademark, is proud to launch the TILE COMPETITION, a contest that aims to honour outstanding projects carried out using Italian ceramic tiles covered by the Ceramics of Italy trademark.

Upon request, Edi.Cer. S.p.a. is entitled to license the Ceramics of Italy trademark to Italian ceramic manufacturers that are members of Confindustria Ceramica, the national association representing Italian manufacturers of ceramic tiles, refractory materials, sanitaryware, tableware and industrial ceramics. The trademark is applicable strictly to products of Italian origin, thereby enhancing their status in terms of design, sustainability and market appeal.

The Tile Competition combines two previously separate Italian ceramic tile contests, one aimed at the North American market and the other focused on Italy. The former had been running for over 30 years, while the latter had reached its 11th edition. In future, the new Tile Competition will alternate between Europe and North America annually, commencing with Europe in 2024 followed by North America in 2025.

The competition consists of three main categories, a small prize category and a category without prize money:

  • Residential
  • Non-residential
  • Urban design
  • Design and new applications
  • Students (no cash prize)

Competition rules and entry procedure 2024

  1. The competition is open to all design professionals (architects, engineers, interior designers, surveyors, etc.) who have carried out projects within the European Union using Italian ceramic tiles produced and marketed by companies licensed to use the Ceramics of Italy trademark under their own brand names (hereinafter also referred to as “Italian Ceramic Tiles”), completed between 1 January 2020 and 29 February 2024.
  2. To find out which Confindustria Ceramica member companies are licensees of the Ceramics of Italy trademark, visit the website https://www.ceramica.info/en/aziende-ceramiche-it/.
  3. A “completed project” is to be understood as a building or a work of architecture for which a “work completion” certificate has been issued. Proof of this certification may be submitted as an attachment to the Application Form.
  4. Projects must be submitted directly by the individual credited with the creation of the work. By submitting the Application Form, the applicant, under his/her responsibility in the event of false declarations, affirms his/her sole authorship of the submitted work. Additionally, the applicant declares that there are no factors that would disqualify his/her participation, including constraints relating to third parties. In the event that the projects are the work of multiple design professionals, the Application Form must be signed by all of them, under penalty of disqualification.
  5. Submissions must include actual photographs of the project rather than computer-generated images. Documents proving the completion of the work may be attached. Attached images/documents should be in a low-resolution .jpg, .jpeg, .tiff, .png or .pdf format, with a minimum of 3 images and a total file size not exceeding 50 MB. Compressed (.zip) files are permitted.
  6. Application to take part in this competition is free. Applications may only be submitted through the designated online form available on this website, otherwise they will be automatically disqualified. Documents or applications submitted by any other means will not be accepted.
  7. This Competition does not fall under the scope of Italian laws relating to prize competitions as detailed in Article 6, paragraph 1, letter a) of Presidential Decree 430/2001.
  8. By entering the competition, participants acknowledge and agree to the terms set forth in these regulations.
Judging criteria
  1. The international Jury, consisting of renowned architecture and design professionals, will evaluate the submitted projects based on their creativity, functionality and aesthetic appeal. Only projects adhering to the competition rules will be submitted to the Jury. Before projects are submitted to the Jury, Confindustria Ceramica will verify that the indicated companies are licensees of the Ceramics of Italy trademark and that submissions include real images rather than computer-generated renderings.
  2. The selection criteria will cover:
    • a. the overall design of the architectural project;
    • b. the use of Italian Ceramic Tiles in the project;
    • c. attention to the environment through the use of Italian Ceramic Tiles;
    • d. the sustainability of the architectural work and of the products used.
  3. The Jury may request additional documentation for any project as deemed necessary.
  4. One winner will be chosen for each of the following categories: “Residential”, “Non-Residential”, “Urban design”, “Design and new applications” and “Students”.
  5. The Jury reserves the right to grant one or more special mentions at its sole discretion.
  6. The process of selecting and awarding prizes and special mentions is a matter of the Jury’s sole judgment and discretion.
  7. Rankings are not drawn up for awards or special mentions apart from than the winner and will consequently not be announced.
  8. The winners and recipients of special mentions (if any) will be notified by the Competition Organisers.
The winner of each category, with the exception of “Students”, will receive the following cash prizes:

  • Residential (€10,000)
  • Non-residential (€10,000)
  • Urban design (€10,000)
  • Design and new applications (€2,000)
  • Students (no cash prize)

Special mentions awarded by the Jury will not come with cash prizes.
Award ceremony

The award ceremony will be held during the exhibition Cersaie in Bologna on the afternoon of 26 September 2024. The ceremony will strictly be conducted in-person, with no provision for remote award presentations. The winners will be contacted by Edi.Cer. S.p.a. with further details regarding the organisation of the event. It is mandatory for the winners from each category to attend; the show organiser will cover their accommodation expenses to facilitate their presence on the day of the award ceremony.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2024.

In accordance with Article 13 of EU Regulation 2016/679 (“GDPR”), please be informed that personal data supplied by design professionals through the application form and the materials submitted to the competition will be processed for the purposes of managing their participation, promoting the competition, and, in the case of winners, for managing the presentation of awards and organisation of the award ceremony. This processing will be carried out using both printed and digital means in compliance with data protection regulations, in particular with the technical and organisational measures set out in Article 32 of the GDPR.

The processing of personal data is necessary for the performance of the contract or for carrying out pre-contractual measures adopted on request of the data subject, as per Article 6(1)(b) of the GDPR. The provision of personal data is voluntary, but failure to provide the necessary information will disqualify the applicant from participation in the competition. The processing of personal data is necessary for verifying competition entry eligibility and throughout all phases of the competition, including its promotion and communication. Personal data will be retained for the duration of the competition and for the period of time strictly necessary to achieve the stated purposes, including the promotion and communication of current and future editions of the competition.