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Cosentino Design Challenge presents its 11th edition


Internationally recognised market leader in surface design and architecture, The Cosentino Group is launching the 11th edition of the international Cosentino Design Challenge. As with all CDC editions, the initiative encourages creativity among students of design and architecture around the world. Entries for the Australian challenge will be open from 24 March 2017 – 30 May 2017, and this year, for the first time, the prize for the Australian winner will include an internship with a multi-award winning Australian architectural practice.


Over 20 institutions, schools and specialist universities from Europe, Asia, Oceania and America are actively involved in the projection and development of CDC11. The Cosentino Group is also working in every country where it does business to give the contest maximum media and academic coverage.

Cosentino Australia is working with students at the University of Technology Sydney to take part in the architecture category of this year’s design challenge. Due to the ever increasing recognition around the world and progressive growth in participation, the CDC has now become a great challenge, based on research and innovation for future architecture and design professionals.

This year, the Architecture category asks students to reflect on “Cosentino and travel”, while the Design category is based on “Cosentino and technology”. Students are at liberty to develop their ideas with a single requirement, that the final project includes at least one Cosentino product.

After the jury chooses the winners in June 2017, the global winners will be announced worldwide. The prestigious jury will be made up of renowned figures in the world of architecture and design. Three first prizes will be awarded for each category, of 1,000€ each!

There will also be a local Australian judging panel and the local winner will be awarded with a two week fulltime paid internship at multi-award winning fjmt studio and an ipad mini. The internship will provide invaluable real world experience with an architectural practice dedicated to design excellence, and has a global presence, with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, London and Oxford.

The submission period for final project designs closes on 30 May 2017 and all projects must be submitted exclusively in digital format via the competition website. Throughout this time, Cosentino Group can be contacted by students at and to answer any queries, Cosentino Center and Cosentino City showrooms all around the world will be open to any student to visit and discover the company’s wide range of products.

About the Cosentino Group

The Cosentino Group is a global, family-owned company that produces and distributes high value innovative surfaces for architecture and design. As a leading company, Cosentino imagines and anticipates together with its customers and partners design solutions that offer value and inspiration to people’ lives. This goal is made possible by pioneering brands that are leaders in their respective segments such as Silestone®, Dekton® and Sensa by Cosentino®. Technologically advanced surfaces, which allow the creation of unique designs for the home and public spaces.

The group bases its development on international expansion, an innovative research and development program, respect for the environment and sustainability, and its ongoing corporate commitment to society and the local communities where it operates, education, equality and health & safety.

The Cosentino Group currently distributes its products and brands in more than 80 countries, from its headquarters in Almeria (Spain). Currently Cosentino is present in 32 countries, with its own assets in 27 of them. The group has 7 factories (6 in Almería (Spain and 1 in Brazil), 1 intelligent logistic platform in Spain, and more than 120 commercial and business units throughout the world. More than 90% of Cosentino Group’s financial turnover comes from international markets.

About fjmt

fjmt is a multi-award-winning architectural studio dedicated to design excellence and the enhancement of the public domain.

From integrated studios in Sydney, Melbourne, London and Oxford fjmt regularly undertakes public and private projects of varying scale, complexity and specialised character, from modest community libraries and childcare though to major cultural, research, commercial, residential mixed use development and city/campus masterplans

fjmt are one of only seven practices world-wide to receive the prestigious WAF World Building of the Year award and have won many other international prizes and awards for excellence and innovation in architecture, urban design, sustainable design, interior design and heritage adaptation and conservation.

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