The Italian ceramic tile industry is pleased to announce the 10th edition of the Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design Competition. This annual awards program, sponsored by Assopiastrelle, the Association of Italian Ceramic Tile Manufacturers, and the Italian Trade Commission, recognizes excellence in the design and installation of Italian ceramic tile.

North American architects and interior designers are invited to submit residential or commercial/institutional projects. All applicants must submit a minimum of three different photographs of each project, as well as a brief project description including the location (city and country), description of the installation, client's name, Italian manufacturers featured, local distributors and installers involved, product series names and formats utilized, and project completion date.

Entries may be submitted for projects completed between January 1, 1998 and February 1, 2002. Entries depicting domestic and international new construction and renovation are eligible. Completed submissions must be received no later than February 7, 2003.

An international jury of architects, design professionals, and industry leaders will judge entries. The winner of each category (commercial/institutional and residential) will receive a cash prize of $5,000, which will be awarded during Coverings 2003 in Orlando, Fla. on March 25. Interested applicants can visit or for complete guidelines and to see previous award winning projects.