Tile Competition is the italian ceramic tile industry’s architecture competition in Europe and the USA. 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 is promoted by the Italian ceramic industry association Confindustria Ceramica and organised by its subsidiary Edi.Cer. S.p.A., which also manages Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings held in Bologna (www.cersaie.it).

The aim of the Tile Competition is to recognise outstanding projects carried out by architects and interior designers in Europe (in 2024) and in North America (in 2025) using ceramic tiles covered by the Ceramics of Italy trademark (as defined in the call for entries) in the Residential, Non-residential, Urban design, Design and new applications, and Students categories.

The winners of the Residential, Non-residential and Urban design categories will receive a cash prize of €10,000 each. The winner of the Design and new applications category will receive a cash prize of € 2,000. Cash prizes will not be awarded either to the winner of the Students category or to recipients of special mentions.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2024.

The competition is open to new build, building renovation and architectural renovation projects carried out in Europe by an architect, interior designer or other design professional and completed between 1 January 2020 and 29 February 2024.

The competition is open to new build, building renovation and architectural renovation projects in the following categories:

  • Residential (use of tiles in interiors and exteriors of houses, apartments, multi-occupancy buildings or other premises for private or residential use, etc.);
  • Non-residential (use of tiles in interiors and exteriors of hotels and resorts, restaurants and bars, shopping centres, shops and boutiques, showrooms, schools, hospitals, offices, churches, theatres, cinemas, gyms, fitness centres and spas, etc.);
  • Urban design (ceramic street furniture or paving for pavements, squares, public spaces, green areas, etc.);
  • Design and new applications (applications of ceramics in non-traditional contexts, indoors and outdoors, kitchen countertops, furnishing accessories, design elements, etc.);
  • Students (interiors and exteriors in projects developed by students from architecture and design schools).

To find out which Confindustria Ceramica member companies are licensees of the Ceramics of Italy trademark, visit the “Ceramics of Italy” section at https://www.ceramica.info/en/aziende-ceramiche-it/

Yes, you can submit more than one project in the same category and/or in multiple categories.

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 or .png format, with a minimum of 3 images and a total file size not exceeding 50 MB. Compressed (.zip) files are permitted.

Application to take part in this competition is free.

Click on “Application Form” in the menu, fill in the form with all the required data and provide a detailed description of your project together with photos. After you have read the call for entries, completed all sections of the application form and accepted all the conditions of participation, click Submit. You will receive an identification number for your application.

Edi.Cer. S.p.A.
Email: promozione@confindustriaceramica.it
Phone +39 0536 818111

Edi.Cer. Spa reserves the right to use the images of submitted projects and to disclose the names of the respective design professionals in the ways it deems most appropriate. By submitting a project, applicants affirm their original authorship and ownership rights over the submitted project and authorise Edi.Cer. Spa to use the submitted personal data. They also undertake to indemnify and hold Edi.Cer. Spa harmless against any claims by third parties alleging authorship, ownership rights over the project, or any rights violations in general.
With reference to the TILE COMPETITION, participants are aware of the legal consequences of making false statements and declare, under their own responsibility, that they are the creators of the architectural project and consequently retain sole ownership of, and responsibility for, the intellectual property rights for the submitted materials.
By participating in the Competition, entrants affirm that they have thoroughly reviewed and understood all terms and conditions of participation, ensuring compliance with the Competition Rules. Consequently, participants grant Edi.Cer. Spa permission, free of charge, to:

  • use the submitted photographs and texts for promotional and advertising purposes<
  • display the submitted photographs and texts at exhibitions and events as part of Edi.Cer. S.p.A.’s communication activities;
  • use submitted photographs and texts in any form of publication that Edi.Cer. Spa deems necessary and/or appropriate;
  • acknowledge the photographer’s name and credits (when applicable) wherever Edi.Cer. Spa deems it necessary and/or appropriate in communications relating to the TILE COMPETITION.