The Italian Trade Commission and Confindustria Ceramica, the association comprised of over 200 manufacturers of Italian ceramic tiles, are jointly holding the 2010 Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design Competition. The contest, now in its 17th year, recognizes the exceptional work of North American architects and designers who feature Italian ceramic tiles in their institutional, residential or commercial/hospitality spaces.

For the 2010 edition, architects and interior designers based in North America are invited to submit domestic and international new construction and renovation projects completed between January 2005 and January 2010. A panel of design experts will judge the projects based on their creativity, functionality and aesthetic appeal. The official criterion for the jury includes: overall design of the project, innovative use of tile, tile design, quality of installation, degree that tile enhances the setting and the project’s sustainable attributes.

Award recipients will be announced at the Ceramic Tiles of Italy Press Conference during Coverings, which will be held in Orlando, FL from April 27-30, 2010. In addition, an exhibit of the winning projects will be on display in the Italian pavilion during this internationally acclaimed tile and stone trade show.

Winners in each category will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and a five-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend CERSAIE 2010. To recognize the contributions of the contractors and distributors involved in the winning works, Ceramic Tiles of Italy will award an additional $1,000 to be shared by the team; as the association understands that it is these valued partnerships that help bring all the pieces of the project together.

Further, after last year’s trial run, the 2010 submission process will be completely digitalized. Applications are available on the competition’s official website, Simply fill in the required fields, provide a detailed description and upload high-resolution images of the project.

Deadline for all material is must be completed no later than February 19, 2010.