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Open call for the 15th Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design

The prestigious architect Víctor López Cotelo will chair the jury, which will be formed by the architects Gonçalo Byrne (chairman), Elisa Valero, Iñaqui Carnicero, Nani Marquina, Nuno Brandão Costa, Ramón Monfort and Ricardo Sánchez Lampreave.
The total prize fund is 39,000 Euros for three categories: Architecture, Interior Design and Degree Project in Architecture
Logo download: http://www.ascer.es/tmp/XV_Tile_of_Spain_Awards.zip
ASCER (the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association) has announced a new edition of the Tile of Spain Architecture and Interior Design and Final Degree Project Awards. The magnificent panel of judges for this fifteenth edition of the awards is made up of internationally-acclaimed professionals working in the architecture and design sectors. Portuguese architect Gonçalo Byrne (chairman in this edition) holds awards such as Gold medal of the French Academy of Architecture and the Piranese award of Rome.
Other members of the jury are: Elisa Valero (Professor in the Technical University of Arquitecture in Granada), Iñaqui Carnicero(Visiting Profesor in the University of Cornell and exhibition curator of the Spanish Pavillion in the XV Venice Biennale), Nani Marquina (recognised designer, who also functions as chairwoman for the Professional Design Association), Nuno Brandão Costa (outstanding Portuguese architect who has collaborated on a wide diversity of fairs such as the Venice Biennale), Ramón Monfortand Ricardo Sánchez Lampreave (Professor in many different architecture schools and universities, curator in many expositions and a highly prolific editor in specialized media).
The end goal of Tile of Spain Awards is the difussion of the use of Spanish Ceramic architecture and interior design (both within and outside Spanish frontiers) and they are sponsored by Vodafone, Port Authority of Valencia and CESCE. All the information of the XV Tile of Spain Awards is now accessible through http://www.tileofspainawards.com/ 
The registration is open and the deadline for handing in the projects is on the 26th of October 2016. The Awards have a prize fund of 39,000 Euros divided in three categories. The two main categories are Architecture and Interior Design, each one is awarded17,000 Euros. The main requirement to participate is that the projects use ceramic tiles made in Spain. The third category is Degree Project category, which is aimed to students of Architecture and it is awarded 5,000 Euros. The jury may give two special mentions in each category as it considers the projects to be rewarded.
On XIV Tile of Spain Awards, the architecture category award was conferred to Carmen Martínez Gregori, Carmel Gradolí Martínez and Arturo Sanz Martínez for their project “Multipurpose Teaching Hall at the Gavina School” (Picanya, Valencia); and the Interiorism award was given to El Equipo Creativo studio for their “Blue Wave Cocktail Bar” (Barcelona) project. Images, memories and blueprints from previous editions downloadable at http://14.tileofspainawards.com/
"Pabellón Docente Polivalente Escola Gavina" de Carmen Martínez Gregori, Carmel Gradolí Martínez y Arturo Sanz Martínez. Fotografía: Mariela Pollonio.
“Multipurpose Teaching Hall at the Gavina School”. Carmen Martínez Gregori, Carmel Gradolí Martínez and
Arturo Sanz Martínez. Picture: Mariela Pollonio.
image001 2“Blue Wave Cocktail Bar” by El Equipo Creativo. Picture: Adrià Goula.
Regarding the jury
Gonçalo Byrne counts with an extensive body of work, well-recognised on an international level. Focused towards patrimony, urban development and cultural planning (with projects such as the Estoril Sol building, the Machado de Castro Museum or the Thalia Theatre, amongst others). He has also been a guest lecturer for universities of his home country as well as in many international companies. For his distinguished carrier he has earned a wide array of distinctions such as an honorary title from the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon.
Elisa Valero is autor of outstanding architectural projects and publications such as “La materia intangible, reflexiones sobre la luz en el proyecto de arquitectura” or “Diccionario de la luz”. She has been a researcher, amongst others, for the project “Recycling Neighborhoods; a sustainable alternative” and coordinator of Andalucía Team (University of Granada) for the constuction of the House 2.12, reaching a finalist position in the international contest Solar Decathlon Europe 2012. She was also finalist in the XI Tile of Spain Awards for her project “Flats to rent in Gojar”.
Iñaqui Carnicero has been recognised with a large number of awards, both national and international in his extensive career. His signature is found in renowned projects such as the cultural centre “Matadero Madrid”, 39 Public Housings in Vallecas or the Polytechnic School Building for the San Pablo University (C.E.U.) Not only an architect, he is also an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture of the Technical College of Madrid and in the USA.
Nani Marquina is one of the most active designers of our country. She is chairwoman of one of the most internationally renowned Spanish bussiness (nanimarquina). Her rugs’ high quality have been exposed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), as well as the obtention of recognitions such as Red Dot Design Award and the Good Design Award of Chicago Athenaeum. She has also been awarded with the 2005 National Award for Design, the International Women Entrepreneurial Award of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce or the 2007 FIDEM award to the Entrepreneur Woman.
Nuno Brandão Costa is a renowned architect who has collaborated closely with professionals such as Herzog&de Meuron. Author of a diversity of projects, among which are found “Restoration of a house in Guerra Junqueiro” or “Central Library of the School of Human Sciences for Universidade Nova in Lisbon” His work was part of the Portuguese representation for the 2004 Triennale di Milano, alongside other international expositions. He has also been a teacher and guest speaker in several universities (ETSA of Navarra, Polytechnic School of the University of Girona, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne Campus…)
Ramón Monfort was a founding member of the Ceramic Design Centre, chairman of the Castellón Architects Professional Association and dean of the Valencian Official Architects Professional Association. His professional path shows a well developed experience, with social and sustainability values as his main priorities. He has been recognised for works such the Peñiscola Congress Palace and CANEM Art gallery in Castellón de la Plana.
Ricardo Sánchez Lampreave has worked as Professor in the Madrid Schools of Architecture in Alcalá de Henares, in the Barcelona International University of Catalunya, the Complutense University of Madrid at the Faculty of Fine Arts and currently in the Facoltà di Architettura di Alguero de la Università di Sassari, at Sardinia. He has also been at the forefront of many magazines and publications from different architect schools.
In previous editions distinguished professionals have been part of the jury such as Emilio Tuñón, Manuel Gallego, Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Alberto Campo Baeza, William J.R. Curtis, Terence Riley, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Carlos Ferrater, Luís Moreno Mansilla, Patxi Mangado, Guillermo Velázquez Consuegra, Mathías Klotz, Benedetta Tagliabue and Víctor López Cotelo.
Closing date for entries: 26th October 2016
For further information visit http://www.tileofspainawards.com or contact premios@ascer.es
ASCER (Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association)
C/ Ginjols, 3 – 12003 Castellón (ESPAÑA)

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