Pinnacle Awards

2021 Pinnacle Awards jury review will be held September 3. 
Winners will be notified the week of September 7-10.

View the 2020 Pinnacle Award Winners

About the 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.

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.

The 2020 Pinnacle Award winners 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.


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


$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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Jury Review PDF Sample     Photo Release Form


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.


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