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Sanitary surfaces – why ceramic tile and quartz countertops are a good choice for the COVID era

Tile and engineered quartz countertops have long held appeal with new applications arising as the technology of these products – and the skills to install them – have evolved.

Photo of Shea Pumarejo, Younique Designs
Shea Pumarejo, Younique Designs, said that after being sequestered due to COVID-19, clients want to spruce up their spaces.

Enter COVID-19, and these options are gaining ground, not simply because of their beauty, but also due to more-important-than-ever considerations like durability, easy maintenance, disinfecting – and in some cases – inherent antimicrobial qualities. Designers working with these products discuss how their businesses – and the demand for products – have evolved since spring 2020. 

Like many companies in the last few months, designers have seen interruptions in their operations, but things are starting to ease. For Shea Pumarejo, of Younique Designs in San Antonio, Texas, after coming to an initial screeching halt, she’s finding business picking up again. Many of her remodeling clients – including those in mid-project – put the brakes on when COVID-19 hit. But lately, half a dozen clients have signed on for projects. “People have been quarantining and they are looking around, wanting to spruce things up,” she said. 

Photo of Robin Wilson, Robin Wilson Home
Robin Wilson, Robin Wilson Home, says the concept of virtual design is growing.

Robin Wilson, the interior designer, wellness expert, and CEO of Robin Wilson Home, based in New York City, sees an evolution of consciousness due to the COVID crisis. “There is a realization that the big commute – and running all those errands on Saturdays – just is not necessary.” The other evolution she is seeing is a demand for virtual design. “You get the floor plans, and walk through the space virtually, then design the home,” she said. “You are creating from afar, and working with contractors remotely.” Wilson noted that the new HGTV series Design at the Door capitalizes on this trend – catch it Thursday nights at 9/8c.

Some aspects of the design process are foundational and unchanged: “Good designers will ask people how they live – do they have children, do they entertain a lot, do they have underlying health conditions? – and will suggest materials that are easier to clean and maintain and more durable, based upon client response,” Wilson said. 

Tile and quartz safeguard health

Photo of bathroom with Modtique HDP porcelain tile from Florida Tile
The Modtique HDP line of porcelain tile from Florida Tile incorporates Microban® to inhibit bacterial growth, improve visible cleanliness, and reduce odors.

That’s where tile and quartz shine. “It’s a known fact that porcelain tile is impervious and easy to clean, said Mark Shannon, executive vice president of sales for Crossville, Inc., Tennessee-based porcelain tile manufacturer. “Its inherent properties in a properly-installed system make for an ideal surface, thanks to the ability to withstand any necessary cleaning and sanitization materials or methods.” 

Photo of kitchen countertop
Solid surfaces that don’t have places for microbes to hide are becoming de rigueur, and glass tile backsplashes with undermount lighting are bringing beautiful reflectance to spaces, said Wilson.

Ceramic tile products, in fact, are a huge foundation for Wilson’s business. “Clients love wood-look tile, the texture, the light shades that look like weathered wood,” she said. Clients are choosing these products especially for mudrooms, laundry rooms, playrooms, and basements. A particular favorite is the 48” planks now available; Wilson favors the Crossville planks since they don’t exhibit a bowing in their length like some other long planks do. 

“People are doing an entire basement in tile – wall cladding with thin tile on the wall and on the floor now,” Wilson said. As a result of COVID, she said, people are “recognizing their home should be a sanctuary,” especially outdoor spaces. 

Photo of Agate mosaic from Allison Eden
Agate mosaic from Allison Eden in the niche, stone tile on shower walls, and floors of porcelain provide easily cleaned and beautiful surfaces.

All kinds of tile are being incorporated, Wilson said: flat tile, textured tile, rugged surfaces and live edges, a spike in the use of glass tile on backsplashes with undermount lights that create a bright, beautiful reflectance on the glass, Wilson said. 

Quartz countertops are a favorite due to the antimicrobial features that some brands offer. “The goal is to have a solid surface that doesn’t have a place for bacteria to hide,” Wilson said. 

“Silestone has a quartz product with an antimicrobial treatment added to it, and some tile options that have Microban® added,” Pumarejo said, such as specific collections from Panaria/Florida Tile. Pumarejo noted that a new client – a doctor husband and wife – recently rejected a butcher block countertop due to the possibility of microbe growth in favor of a quartz option. 

Wilson said that quartz countertops combined with a gauged porcelain tile “waterfall” down the side of the islands are becoming more popular. 

Photo of vanity with mosaic Pumarejo chose from Allison Eden Studios.
Glass tile enlivens projects like this mosaic Pumarejo chose from Allison Eden Studios.

Pumarejo also sees large-format tile in general gaining ground since it limits grout joints, facilitating maintenance and cleaning. She also has observed that “grout has come a long way in recent years, too, as far as maintenance and cleanability.” 

General awareness of pro-health products are the purview of the designer and sometimes the client themselves. “Rugs are better than carpet because they can be cleaned and shaken out or laundered, keeping tile as the surface,” Wilson said. Even highly-trafficked areas can still be as beautiful with ceramic tile and yet easier to clean, she explained. 

Ceramic vanquishes vinyl

Photo of white subway tile in a bathroom
Today’s grouts have come a long way in regards to cleaning and maintenance, Pumarejo said.

Though Pumarejo noted that her clients sometimes choose luxury vinyl plank (LVP) or luxury vinyl tile (LVT) for price, softer and warmer feel underfoot, and a realistic wood texture, Wilson said her clients, “choose tile over LVT for durability and also because if vinyl is installed improperly, moisture can grow beneath the surface, which can be unnoticed until you have a sick home. In any wet area, tile or concrete should be used to prevent major health issues from unseen mold growth. A contractor once told me, ‘It’s like putting a shower curtain on the floor and putting caulk on the shower curtain edge. If one piece of a shower curtain does not adhere, watch the mold grow!’ 

“I am noticing that there are people who believe LVT should be placed in a baby nursery,” she added. “I would like to go on record to say make sure it NEVER gets wet. Do not use a mop and bucket. But people are not told about what can happen with these products.”

Learn from Home with Free AIA/CEU Webinars from ARDEX – More Dates Added

Learn at home with free ARDEX webinars for architects

Aliquippa, PA, April 28, 2020 – ARDEX Americas extended its successful AIA/CEU webinar series through May and June, inviting you to stay connected and continue your education. This free webinar series, though designed for architects, are also available to the general public. 

Topics covered include stone veneer, adhesive systems and polished concrete. Each webinar, led by an instructor with decades of industry knowledge and expertise, is designed to offer a comprehensive overview of the chosen topic. 

Thursday, April 30: Guest Speaker Peter Craig
Q&A Forum on Moisture in Concrete and Early Phase Construction
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1576282265879896844

Thursday, May 7: Preparing Substrates to Receive Patches and Leveling Compounds
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5724714348711288332

Thursday, May 14: Polished Concrete & Decorative Concrete Toppings
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8089140437423284492

Thursday, May 21:Designing Installation Systems for Tile & Stone
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5814366328275676172

Thursday, May 28: Guest Speaker – Tentative 
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1393192689593059852

Thursday, June 4: Adhesives and Navigating High RH Discussion
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2811849661958938892


The webinars are held on Thursdays from 2 pm to 3:30 pm EDT. For more information, and to register for an upcoming webinar, visit www.ardexamericas.com.

NEOCON ANNOUNCES NEW DIGITAL HUB: NEOCONNECT 2020

(Chicago, IL, April 2020) Plans are underway to unite the commercial interiors industry this June through a resource and content rich interactive online platform. On June 1, NeoCon will launch NeoConnect 2020—a series of online resources, programming, and events, hosted on neocon.com and designed to virtually connect the NeoCon community.   

For the full month of June, NeoConnect will feature product and company details from NeoCon 2020 tenants and exhibitors as well as a full roster of complimentary NeoCon CEU webinars, online panel discussions and virtual social events. Also serving as a community portal, NeoConnect will share editorial features, digital issues and special online programming from NeoCon partners and host a “From the Community” blog series. A robust social media program beginning in May will complement the NeoConnect hub and feature product spotlights, exhibitor takeovers and engaging interviews on Instagram TV.

“NeoCon has brought the commercial design industry together every June since 1969. Even though we can’t be together physically this year, it remains important for us to continue to conduct our businesses, share ideas, introduce new product concepts,  learn from one another, support our community and celebrate when and where possible. We hope the industry will join us this year via NeoConnect,” says Byron Morton, VP of Sales for NeoCon.   

NeoConnect will remain active with updated content through Fall 2020.  Full details including a schedule of online programming will be available mid-May. NeoConnect will officially launch at neocon.com on June 1.

Access to showroom and exhibitor press releases, as well as NeoConnect press releases and images will be available in the online press room on neocon.com. For additional showroom, exhibitor and general NeoConnect news, images, and real-time information, follow NeoCon Shows on the following: Facebook (@NeoConShows), Twitter (@NeoCon_Shows), and Instagram (@NeoCon_Shows).

NeoCon 2021 will run June 14-16, 2021 at theMART in Chicago.

Tile of Spain Announces Upcoming Schedule of Digital Events Showcasing Spanish Ceramic Tile and Design

Miami, FL – April 2020 – Tile of Spain, the international brand representing over 120 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), announces a number of upcoming digital opportunities showcasing the trends and innovations from Spanish ceramic manufacturers.

Coverings Connected: Global Tile Trends 2020

Beginning April 20th, attendees to Coverings Connected: A Digital Experience, will  have the opportunity to download “Global Tile Trends” on demand. This highly sought after session includes Ceramic Tile Specialist and Tile of Spain Consultant, Ryan Fasan along with a stellar lineup of industry leaders discussing innovative designs, techniques and materials. To download the session, visit the On Demand tab under Learning Opportunities on Coverings.com starting on April 20th.

Additionally, attendees to the digital experience are invited to learn about some of the most advanced ceramic tile technology and breathtaking design choices the world has to offer from 80 Spanish ceramic and stone manufacturers by visiting the online Exhibitor List and the interactive Floor Plan.

Ceramic Trends 2020 Facebook Watch Party: Tuesday, May 5th at 1:00pm

Join Ryan Fasan for his notable Trend Talk taking a deep dive into the latest ceramic design trends of 2020. This is one of Fasan’s most anticipated presentations of the year as he delves into the inner makings, artistic design and advanced technologies behind the world most notable Spanish ceramic manufacturers on display. To join in, visit: @tileofspainusa

Contractors Special Facebook Watch Party: Tuesday, May 12th at 1:00pm

Join Tile of Spain for a special session developed with Contractors and Installers in mind. Focus will be on the strengths and weaknesses of emerging categories like slim-format wall tile, gauged porcelain panels and 2cm pavers as they relate to the installation professional’s bids and installation processes. We will review the benefits of project timing and optimal execution of prep-work and best-practices for installation of these modern formats to ensure that early adoption can be leveraged to optimize your business and ensure the greatest chances for success. To join in, visit: @tileofspainusa

A & D Special Facebook Watch Party: Tuesday, May 19th at 1:00pm

Calling all architects and designers! Join Tile of Spain as we explore current trends in specifications and emerging formats, product categories and performance characteristics. Develop a fool-proof checklist of best-practices to employ the full gambit of modern innovations in your projects while optimizing budgets and leaving little chance of value-engineering to spoil your design goals. As we explore these categories of product, we will highlight installation guidelines and master specification tools to add into your project specs to ensure that even the most cutting edge material is possible on your projects, on budget and installed as expected. To join in, visit: @tileofspainusa

Connect with Tile of Spain on Facebook and Instagram at TileofSpainUSA; and on Twitter and Pinterest at TileofSpain.

Industry-Wide EPD Demonstrates North American Ceramic Tile has a Significantly Lower Global Warming Potential Compared to LVT

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ANDERSON, SC-Tile Council of North America (TCNA) announces the 2020 North American industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for ceramic tile has been certified by Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) and published to UL’s publicly accessible database.  

This EPD, valid for the next five years, updates the previous North American industry-wide EPD for ceramic tile, which expired at the end of 2019. Effective immediately, products covered by the EPD can be used to satisfy architectural and green building specification criteria, including those established by LEED v4.1.  

Over 85% of North American ceramic tiles are covered by the EPD and specifically those from the following companies: American Wonder Porcelain, Arto Brick, Crossville, Inc., Dal-Tile Corporation, Del Conca USA Inc., Florida Tile, Interceramic USA, Ironrock, Porcelanite-Lamosa, Portobello America, Quarry Tile Co., StonePeak Ceramics Inc., and Vitromex USA, Inc.  

Simply stated, this industry-wide EPD is a report of the environmental footprint of the North American ceramic tile industry. The environmental impacts reported by the EPD are significantly lower than those reported by EPDs for flooring comprised of plastic based materials, such as luxury vinyl tiles and planks. In particular, a direct comparison to publicly available UL-Certified industry-wide EPDs for vinyl tile and rigid core board reveals the following:

  • Vinyl tile’s 75-year global warming potential and fossil fuel resource depletion are two and three times higher, respectively, than ceramic tile’s.
  • Rigid core board’s 75-year global warming potential and fossil fuel resource depletion are three and five times higher, respectively, than ceramic tile’s.

  “Global warming potential and fossil fuel depletion throughout the full life cycle of a product are key metrics in characterizing carbon footprint. Not only does the North American industry-wide EPD for ceramic tile evidence a generally low carbon footprint, it also shows ceramic tile to have the lowest overall impacts in photochemical oxidant creation (smog), ozone depletion, acidification, and eutrophication potential when compared to publicly available EPDs for competitive flooring materials,” said Bill Griese, TCNA’s Director of Standards Development and Sustainability Initiatives. “Ceramic tile is the proven green choice for the good of the environment.”  

For more information, please refer to the EPD Guide for North American Ceramic Tile  or the Guide to EPDs in the 2020 Tile the Natural Choice publication.

Accredited CEU Opportunities for Architects and Designers — Register Today for a CEU on any Thursday in April


Schönox is offering two fully accredited CEU presentations. Both are registered with AIA/CES, IDCEC, and USGBC. Scheduling is flexible – we are setting up online CEU webinars every day and look forward to meeting you. More about the two presentations below.
The Evolution of Self-Leveling Technology: Self-leveling technology is evolving, and demand for it is growing steadily as specifiers and contractors experience its substantial benefits. Self-leveling compounds successfully address the most challenging subfloor issues while delivering the highest quality results. Understanding the best practices and capabilities of self-leveling technology will help every architect and designer harness the strength of this process in their new and renovation flooring projects.
Offered: April 16 & April 30 @ 11:00AM CST – Register Now
Moisture Mitigation: Planning for Success –Moisture in concrete slabs and substrates is a widespread and common problem with negative flooring consequences, if not addressed. Successful moisture mitigation solutions exist so long as the issues are identified and paired with the right processes and products. Together, we’ll walk through moisture testing and the best practices in moisture mitigation, leading to successful, sustainable flooring installations.
Offered: April 23 @ 10:00AM CST – Register Now
Schönox thought about which CEU presentations would make the most significant difference in your work with flooring projects and focused on these two. Participation in these presentations will expand your knowledge on these vital topics while equipping you to employ best practices in addressing subfloor challenges with success.
If you would like to set up a private CEU for your team or a private online training specific to Schönox products, please contact your local sales representative or me and we will be happy schedule a convenient time that works for you.

A&D professionals learn, earn CEU credits at NTCA workshops

One of the core pillars of NTCA is its focus on education and training. It has a long history of road shows (now called workshops), and in recent years has instituted training events and lunch-and-learns.

Architects from Studio8 learn about tile installation and performance during a workshop by J&R Tile in San Antonio

While these events generally target contractors and installers, periodically there are special sessions planned for the A&D community, offering coveted Continuing Education Units (CEUs) – or architects and designers may choose to attend a regularly-scheduled NTCA Workshop on a subject of interest. There is always a wealth of information for A&D professionals to be aware of – new products, techniques, substrate preparation, and properly specing and understanding gauged porcelain tile panels and slabs. Workshops also offer A&D professionals an opportunity to interact with contractors, and sponsors/suppliers of finishing and installation products.

In fact, Erin Albrecht, of NTCA Five-Star Contractor J&R Tile in San Antonio, Texas, gave a workshop on gauged porcelain tile panels/slab recently to a group of A&D professionals from Studio8 Architects in San Antonio.

Megan Moshier of Studio8 Architects said she attended this workshop because the firm does a lot of interior remodels and this is an effective material for that application. She was particularly searching for “install details, warranties for owners, and understanding liability of drawings.”

The workshop helped her understand that there are alternate uses for gauged porcelain, such as countertops. And she walked away with an ability to educate “clients in a more informed way, with different perspectives.” 

Two states over, in Gilbert Arizona, Randy Fleming conducted the NTCA Tile Matters: Best Practices for the Pros workshop, held at Monterrey Tile. 

Jackie Funkhouser, Scottsdale Interior Design Group

Invited to attend by Jeffrey Bennett of Monterrey Tile, Jackie Funkhouser, Owner and Interior Designer of Scottsdale Interior Design Group, was on hand at this workshop to “learn more about tile installation and the products, trends, and advances being made around that particular element of design.” 

She was driven by a desire to learn “more about tile installation techniques,” and discovered that there are “very specific techniques used by tile installers to make a quality installation that meets specs and standards in the industry.”

Her experience at the workshop has influenced her choice of tile installers for future projects. “From the perspective of choosing a tile installer, I will always consider the installer’s qualifications and knowledge for my clients.”

This workshop was a positive and useful experience all around. Funkhouser called Monterrey Tile “a great host,” and said she was “pleasantly surprised at the depth and breadth of knowledge imparted during this workshop.” Admitting she was “very impressed,” she’d be interested in learning about “more finishing techniques and more finishing products and options” in a future workshop. 

If you are an A&D professional and would like to attend an NTCA Workshop near you, speak to your local distributor about scheduling one, or go to the Community Calendar at www.tile-assn.com. Under the Education & Certification tab, click on FREE Educational Workshops/CEU Credits to find an already-scheduled event near you!

Announcing the Pantone Color of the Year 2020: PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue

Pantone color of the year classic blue

Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

Pantone color of the year classic blue

Pantone Color of the Year 2020: Classic Blue 19-4052

A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience. A red undertone imbues this tone with a feeling of energy and vibrancy. This universal color is relatable around the world and in different cultures.

“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on. Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication. ”

As technology continues to race ahead of the human ability to process it all, it is easy to understand why we gravitate to colors that are honest and offer the promise of protection. Non-aggressive and easily relatable, the trusted PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue lends itself to relaxed interaction. Associated with the return of another day, this universal favorite is comfortably embraced.

About Pantone Color of the Year

For over 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

The Pantone Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

The importance and value of qualified labor

In the world of design, like so many other arenas of business, getting the job done right the first time is critical. The success or failure of a design company depends greatly on the people in the trenches in order to translate the vision the design team has for any given project. 

“With this project, the client loved a large format tile that I had installed in my showroom in Hudson, Ohio. We incorporated this into the project. The tile needed to have less grout lines and act as a backdrop for the custom made hood. The tile had a beautiful ‘stamped floral’ design that was all one uniform color and allowed the hood to shine but yet still introduce a uniqueness in its design and format that was unusual at the time it was installed in our area,” said Dostal.

As the professional liaison to her clients, Amber Clore, owner, A. Clore Interiors, Sanford, Fla., said there are several reasons her firm hires qualified installers to perform the trade work needed for its projects. The first is to effectively communicate and translate her design ideas, whether verbal or digital. 

The second, she explained, is the end result and quality of installation. “The methods used are important to the project budget and timeline. Using a qualified and trained contractor who continues educating is a must when working with our clients.”

Rose Dostal, principal, RMD Designs, Hudson, Ohio, is also concerned about who works on her projects. ”It is critical to know if they are qualified laborers so that I know they will adhere to our requirements to build the project, know the local codes and most current methodology, and are up to speed with the latest standards.”

Chanda Seymour, owner, Chanda Seymour Design, San Francisco, agreed with Dostal, and noted designers include qualified labor in their specs to avoid costly mistakes, and ensure correct implementation of their designs.

Clore knew early on in her career it was important to have a high-quality team of professionals who “add value to our services and cater to our clients the same way we do in preliminary design phase.”

The bathroom shower pictured here was part of a full gut remodel undertaken by Chanda Seymour Design, San Francisco. The original space was from 1982, according to Seymour, who also noted the product used in the bathroom shower consists of Ashen Grey marble, 6″ x 24″ honed tiles by Bedrosians Tile & Stone.

In the world of design, she added, there are many challenges when it comes to the built environment. “There have been many difficult design dilemmas we’ve faced, but with the right contractors, creative solutions can be created.”

As for Dostal, working with those she knows is a must. “Since I only use who I know, the contractor and I are in constant communication with what is current in the market place. I go to tradeshows once a year. If I have any takeaways from the tilesetter’s point of view, I always share them with my trades. 

“Before we start a project,” she explained, “there’s always a conversation about what’s new, what’s not, what is the most applicable product before it is written on the drawings. This process is very different from when I used to do commercial projects.”

For Seymour, after working in commercial design where qualified labor is typically required, she began doing more residential design in the early 2000s. “Many general contractors were hiring sub-contractors who weren’t licensed or certified,” she said. “As a result, mistakes were made, the wrong product was used, and the quality of the work was lacking.”

With the finished product being the most important element of any project, all believe using qualified people makes a difference. “Your project depends on qualified labor,” said Dostal. “Your design is only as good as its proper installation. Clients remember the end results. It’s in my best interest to have a critical eye in terms of who is working on my projects, as the trades who work on my project are a reflection on my work.”

Part of the same Chanda Seymour Design project, the kitchen backsplash shown here features honed Skyline marble, cut to size 3″ x 9″ by Country Floors.

Since the designer isn’t always on the jobsite to oversee the installation, explained Seymour, if a sub-contractor isn’t reviewing the specs or drawings, tile can get installed incorrectly, and the wrong technique or product can get used. Incorrect work often needs to be redone. Tile, needs to be re-ordered, resulting in increased costs and delays.  

“Qualified labor matters because they read and follow the specs and plans,” she explained. “They work collaboratively, and question the design intent if something isn’t clearly called out. They take pride in their work. It makes all the difference as to whether a project runs smoothly, is completed on time, correctly, within budget, and looks great.”

Clore believes working with skilled professionals sets her design firm apart from others. “When we’re able help a client from inception to completion, they’re assured the design intent will be carried through and any issues will be mitigated in a timely manner. This shows…that we are able to create a home or space to live in and love.”

David Allen Company presents 23rd Annual Design School Scholarship

For the past 23 years David Allen Company has awarded a $5,000 scholarship to gifted and promising architectural students at the North Carolina State University College of Architecture. The Dean of the college makes the selection to either a graduate or an undergraduate student.

Accompanied by Ankit Ghasi (right), a David Allen Company Leader, presents the 2019-2020 David Allen Company Scholarship to Architectural Students, Jasmyn Byrd (on right) and Maya Miller.

Accompanied by Ankit Ghasi (right), a David Allen Company Leader, presents the 2019-2020 David Allen Company Scholarship to Architectural Students, Jasmyn Byrd (on right) and Maya Miller.

Ankit Ghasi, a David Allen Company Leader, presented the 2019-2020 award to Jasmyn Byrd and Maya Miller, Graduate Architectural Students, identified by the Design School Dean and faculty as a promising leader in architecture.

David Allen Company has a long history of promoting the use of tile, marble, granite, natural stone, and terrazzo through its relationship with and support of architectural and design schools.  With offices in Raleigh, NC; Washington, DC; Columbia SC; Birmingham, AL, Atlanta, GA and South Florida, NC, the company is celebrating its 100th year in 2020.

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