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 2019 Pinnacle Awards will be celebrated in Las Vegas during the week of TISE 2020.


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. Each individual Institute member company involved in a project must have also submitted an entry for the winning project in order to receive an award. 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.


$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
  • Each Pinnacle Award submission may also be entered into the 2020 Tucker Design Awards program. See Entry Form for details. Additional fees apply.
  • Submission deadline is July 20th.

Submission Guidelines      Jury Review PDF Sample


More About the Pinnacle Awards

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.

Projects may be submitted for 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


Past Pinnacle Awards

The 2018 Pinnacle Awards were presented January 23, 2019 at TISE in Las Vegas, NV.

Download and view the 2018 Award Program

2018 Pinnacle Awards Winners

Grande Pinnacle
Aura, Mario & Son Liberty Lake, Washington

Architectural Carving/Lettering/Sculpture
Winged Goddess of Victory, Andrusko Group

Commercial Exterior
The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, TAB India
LDS Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, Dan Lepore & Sons Company

Commercial Interior
2000 L Street Alexander Court, Rugo Stone, LLC
Apple Steve Jobs Theater, Columbia Stone Inc.
Bent and Light Singapore Showroom, MM Galleri by Sharikat Stone
Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rugo Stone, LLC
Waldorf Astoria Hotel, SMG Stone Company, Inc.

Public Landscapes / Parks / Memorials
The Park at MGM Resort, Las Vegas Rock

Renovation Restoration
Eggemeyer’s General Store, TexaStone Quarries
Neptune Pool, Carnevale & Lohr, Inc.
Provo City Center Temple, Delta Stone Products

Residential Single Family
Urban Villa, Continental Cut Stone


The 2018 Pinnacle Awards Jury

David Castellucci
Director of Business Development - Kenneth Castellucci & Associates, Lincoln, Rhode Island
Hana Ishikawa
Design Principal - site, Chicago, Illinois
Charles J. (Chuck) Muehlbauer
Technical Director - Natural Stone Institute, St. Cloud, Minnesota
Suzanne Musho, AIA, NCARB
Vice President - Zubatkin Owner Representation, New York, New York
Buddy Ontra
Owner - Ontra Stone Concepts, Bridgeport, Connecticut

The 2018 Pinnacle Awards submissions were juried August 15, 2018.


Past Pinnacle Award Winners

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Thank You to Our Pinnacle Award Sponsors

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