Pinnacle Awards

Join natural stone professionals from around the world in entering the Pinnacle Awards competition. These highly coveted awards are given to projects whose beauty, creativity, ingenuity, and craftsmanship exemplify professional mastery in the use of natural stone in commercial and residential applications. As a Pinnacle Award winner, you will receive widespread recognition for your professional accomplishments.

The 2020 Pinnacle Awards will be celebrated in Las Vegas during the week of TISE 2021.


The Pinnacle Awards are open to all Natural Stone Institute members and the design community. The award is given to the submitting institute member company. If a non-member (e.g. design community) submits a winning entry, the award is presented to the Institute member listed on the project team. Project teams must include at least one Natural Stone Institute member. Any additional Natural Stone Institute member company involved in a project must have also submitted an entry for the winning project in order to also receive the award. All member participants identified to us in a winning submission, regardless of their entry status, will receive promotional recognition for their involvement. Projects submitted must have been completed within 3 years of entry deadline and comply with association standards as defined in the Dimension Stone Design Manual and technical modules. Entrants should submit with the expectation to attend the Awards Celebration in Las Vegas.

Each Pinnacle Award submission may also be entered for consideration of a Tucker Design Award. Tucker Design Awards are given to the architect/landscape architect firm associated with the project. Call for Entries for the next Tucker Design Awards are open now and winners will be announced in the spring/summer of 2022. View the Tucker Design Awards webpage for Entry Form and details. Additional fees apply.


$125 for first entry
$100 for each additional entry

How to Enter

  • Entry and submission are electronic.
  • Jury Review PDF and Participant List must be prepared before entering. You will be asked to send these files as part of the submission process. After payment, please email your files to
  • No company identification, architect name, or proprietary product names should appear on any items contained within the Jury Review PDF. Be generic and anonymous.
  • Submission deadline is July 20th.

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More About the Pinnacle Awards


Projects may be submitted for Pinnacle Award consideration in the following categories.

  • Commercial Interior
  • Commercial Exterior
  • Renovation/Restoration
  • Residential Interior/Exterior – Single Family
  • Residential Interior/Exterior – Multi-Family
  • Architectural Carving/Lettering/Sculpture
  • Public Landscapes/Parks/Memorials

A jury comprised of industry professionals and members of the design community will review and judge each project based on four criteria:  

  • excellence in implementation of design
  • quality craftsmanship
  • innovative solutions to unique challenges
  • control of stone material, tone, and character quality.

Grande Pinnacle Award
The Grande Pinnacle Award, sponsored by Marmomac, is presented to the best project across all categories. The award also entitles the member company winner to round-trip economy airfare, lodging, and registration to Marmomac in September.

Additionally, Marmomac will present a Grande Pinnacle Award to the architect from the firm involved in the winning project. The architect will also win a trip to Marmomac to attend Veronafiere's week-long continuing education program on designing with natural stone. The winner receives round-trip economy airfare and complimentary hotel for five nights, as well as local meals and transportation, while taking part in this 20+ credit AIA/CES program.


2019 Pinnacle Awards Winners

The 2019 Pinnacle Awards were presented January 28, 2020 at TISE in Las Vegas, NV.

2019 Pinnacle Awards Souvenir Program (PDF)

Grande Pinnacle
7 Bryant Park, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Architectural Carving/Lettering/Sculpture
Arizona State University Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center, Las Vegas Rock
Mosque in Shali City, FHL Kiriakidis Group

Commercial Exterior
Church Street United Methodist Church Expansion, Tennessee Marble Company
Grande Arche de la Defense, Polycor Inc.
Hartford Connecticut Temple, Dan Lepore & Sons Company
Oklahoma City LDS Temple, IMS Masonry
Elberfeld Mall and Train Station, V M Kaldorf

Commercial Interior
100 Bishopsgate, Euromarble Srl
7 Bryant Park, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Chapel of the Holy Cross, Booms Stone Company
Dallas High-Rise, Dee Brown, Inc
Frost Tower, Camarata Masonry Systems

Public Landscapes / Parks / Memorials
Drexel Square, CED Stone North America
Miracle Mile and Giralda Avenue Streetscape, Earl Jackson Architecture Workshop

Renovation Restoration
645 Fifth Avenue, Olympic Tower, Continental Marble
Christ Cathedral, Carnevale & Lohr, Inc
LondonHouse Hotel, Galloy & Van Etten
Saint Catherine of Siena Sanctuary Alteration, Bybee Stone Company

Residential Single Family
Boch Garden Pavilion, Kenneth Castellucci & Associates • Coldspring • Piero Zanella Srl
Hinsdale Residence, Galloy & Van Etten
L.A. Residence, Carnevale and Lohr, Inc
Private Residence, Dee Brown, Inc


The 2019 Pinnacle Awards Jury

David Castellucci
Natural Stone Consultants Group - Melbourne, Florida
Catherine Offenberg
Landscape Architect, CRJA-IBI - Boston, Massachusetts
Charles J. (Chuck) Muehlbauer
Technical Director, Natural Stone Institute - St. Cloud, Minnesota
Suzanne Musho, AIA, NCARB
Chief Architect, New York Institute of Technology -  New York, New York
Brian Pittman
Architectural Designer, Johnson Architects - Knoxville, Tennessee

The 2019 Pinnacle Awards submissions were juried August, 2019.


Past Pinnacle Award Winners (PDF)

2018 Pinnacle Award Winners

2017 Pinnacle Award Winners

2016 Pinnacle Award Winners

2015 Pinnacle Award Winners

2014 Pinnacle Award Winners

2013 Pinnacle Award Winners

2012 Pinnacle Awards Winners

2011 Pinnacle Award Winners

2010 Pinnacle Award Winners

2009 Pinnacle Award Winners

2008 Pinnacle Award Winners

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2002 Pinnacle Award Winners

1999-2001 Project Award Winners

Thank You to Our Pinnacle Award Sponsors

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