Last November, a panel of judges,chaired by architect Emilio Tuñón, met in Castellón to decide the winners of the Tile of Spain Awards, which have acquired a reputation for excellence in the architecture and interior design communities.

The awards acknowledged the most exceptional Final Degree Project,undertaken by students at Architecture Schools where the use of ceramic tiles plays a major role. The judges agreed to award first prize to Alfama 2.0 by María González Aranguren, a student at the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM).

The judges were impressed by this attempt to restore Lisbon’s Alfama district, making particular mention of the urban planning and architecture on display. The esteemed panel admired another brilliant interpretation of Lisbon’s traditional ceramic tile façades. Re-inhabiting Bujalcayado by Irene Iglesias Román, and La Nuit Américaine by Luis Rodríguez Carnero also received deserved praise.