ASCER launches VIIIth Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design

= William J. R. Curtis, prestigious critic of architecture, is to chair the jury

= The total prize fund for the Awards is 60,000 Euros for the three categories

= Martha Thorne (Pritzker Awards director), Carme Pinós, Francesc Rifé, Juan Domingo Santos, Ramón Vilalta and Ramón Monfort will be part of the jury.

The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers' Association (ASCER) is launching the eighth edition of Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design competition. The Awards are made in recognition of projects that best reflect the development of Spanish ceramic tiles in cutting edge architecture.

The deadline for handing in the projects is 30th October 2009. The Awards count on with a high recognition and prestige among the professional field and each year they have a jury comprise the most renowned architects. This year the jury will be chaired by the prestigious architect William J. R. Curtis and the architects Martha Thorne (architect and executive director of the Pritzker Awards), Carme Pinós, Ramón Vilalta (RCR Arquitectes), Juan Domingo Santos and Ramón Monfort; and the interior designer Francesc Rifé.

The Awards have a prize fund of 60,000 Euros for the three categories. The two main categories of the Tile of Spain Awards are Architecture and Interior Design, with each have a prize fund of 20,000 Euros. Apart from the prize fund for the first prize in these two main categories, there are also 10,000 Euros assigned for special mentions in any of them, according to the opinion of the jury members. There is also a Degree Projects category to the competition which is aimed at students of Architecture and has a prize fund of 10,000 Euros. The Awards are sponsored by Vodafone España, Gas Natural and the Valencia Port Authority.

William J. R. Curtis is a renowned critic of international art, PhD at Harvard University who devotes his professional career to the teaching in universities as California, Harvard, the Architectural Association in London, Sydney, Mexico and Spain. His most famous book are Modern Architecture since 1900 (Phaidon, 1982) and Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms (Phaidon 1986). These publications have been quoted as classical books and translated worldwide. Curtis has received numerous international awards and he has been part as jury in the most important international awards related to art and architecture.

Some of the projects distinguished in the latest editions of the Tile of Spain Awards in the architecture category have been: The Spanish Pavilion at Expo Zaragoza 2008, by Francisco Mangado; the Castilla La Mancha Archives in Toledo, by Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra; the rehabilitation of Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona, by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue; the refurbishment of San Vicente Street in Burriana, by José Durán and the Congress Palace in Peñíscola, by Ángela García de Paredes and Ignacio García Pedrosa.

Competition entries and all required supporting documents must be received by 30th October. It is a basic requirement that these entries use floor and/or wall tiles made in Spain as a significant material in the structure of the building. Both participants and works can be international.

The architecture category of the Tile of Spain Awards gives recognition to work undertaken in the discipline in the context of new builds, renovation and restoration of existing buildings, urban redevelopment and outdoor landscaping. The Interior Design category singles out the best work in decorating the interior of a new building, decoration in renovation and restoration projects and the decoration of spaces created for temporary purposes.

Past presidents of the jury include distinguished professionals such as: Terence Riley, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Carlos Ferrater, Luís Moreno Mansilla, Francisco Mangado, Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra and Mathías Klotz.

More information:

Competition Rules (English) (MS Word Doc)129.5 KB