Oberlin, Ohio—The 2021 entry period for the Natural Stone Institute Awards Program is now open. The association said it opened entries for the Pinnacle Awards, Tucker Design Awards, Industry Recognition Awards and its scholarship program, which are due by July 20.
The Pinnacle awards honor projects where beauty, creativity, ingenuity and craftsmanship exemplify professional mastery in the use of natural stone for commercial and residential applications. Pinnacle awards are given in the following categories: Commercial Interior, Commercial Exterior, Renovation/Restoration, Residential Interior/Exterior (single and multifamily), Architectural Carving/Lettering/Sculpture and Public Landscapes/Parks/Memorials. The Grande Pinnacle Award, sponsored by Marmomac, will be presented to the best overall project, the association said.
The Tucker Design Awards recognize design professionals whose projects achieve excellence in the use of natural stone in design and construction. No project categories are required. The Tucker Design Awards are open to any design professional or natural stone industry member on behalf of the design team, according to the company.
The Industry Recognition Awards celebrate individuals in the stone industry for exemplary contributions to the industry and association over a period of time. The Natural Stone Institute said the available awards include the Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Women in Stone Pioneer Award and the Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Award.
The institute said its two scholarships—the Natural Stone Scholarship and the Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship—provide hands-on educational opportunities for aspiring professionals interested in furthering careers in the stone industry.
The Natural Stone Institute said the Pinnacle and individual award recipients will be celebrated at the annual Natural Stone Institute Awards Ceremony at TISE in Las Vegas in 2022. Tucker Design Award recipients will be celebrated in the spring or summer of 2022, the company added.