The Many Uses of Ceramic Tile in Multifamily Projects

Versatility, durability, and visual appeal contribute to increased use
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Sponsored by Emser Tile and Natural Stone
Presented by Ann Fritz, CID, IIDA, LEED AP, Carin Herring and Michelle Vincent. Moderated by Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore the use of ceramic tile and natural stone to assist design professionals in the creation of healthy, appealing multifamily interiors.
  2. Specify and design kitchens and bathrooms in multifamily buildings that use ceramic tile to enhance indoor environmental quality and cleanliness.
  3. Identify exterior multifamily building components such as patios, outdoor living spaces, and others that can use tile or natural stone for safe, durable, and aesthetic solutions.
  4. Review project examples or case studies that demonstrate how some of the principles presented are incorporated successfully into multifamily buildings.


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Multifamily buildings routinely require finished surfaces that are visually appealing but also durable, sustainable, and easy to clean. Design professionals have a range of products to choose from, but few are as versatile as ceramic tile. Whether used in large areas or smaller spaces, ceramic tile and related products offer an appealing, long lasting, economical solution to many multifamily finish requirements. This course looks at three of the most common places to successfully incorporate this exceptional material. First, interior spaces in general are explored, followed by a focus on kitchens and bathrooms. Then, exterior spaces are looked at for the growing number of ways that ceramic tile is used for common areas and private outdoor spaces in multifamily projects. Finally, a case study project is provided to provide an example of how the design and performance principles discussed all come together in a coordinated, successful way.

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Carin Herring, Senior Director, Design | Mixed-use Development began her 20+ year career working in the Commercial Group on the master-planned community, University Park at MIT, in Cambridge, MA. She later transitioned to the Residential Group working on mixed-use residential projects on the East Coast, Dallas, Denver and in California. Her role is to support new development pipeline projects and development teams with design oversight from project conception through construction completion and turnover. This includes advising and coordinating architectural, interior, FF&E and signage design plans and specifications, and collaborating with Construction Services, Marketing and Operations groups to deliver projects to the market. Carin has led the charge to compile her 20+ years of industry and company knowledge into the company’s Design Standards, which have guided the development and construction teams on best practices and design principles. In the past 8 years, Carin’s collaboration with her Brookfield colleagues has resulted in the successful delivery of ~2400 units to the market, with another ~3000 units currently in design or construction.

Carin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.


Michelle Vincent is originally from New Jersey and attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia for her B.F.A in Interior Design. Upon graduation, Michelle began her career at a high-end residential firm in Atlantic City while working on residential and commercial projects before relocating to Florida. In the past 8+ years, Michelle’s experience has included a wide range of construction drawings to administration, project management and coordination, schematic design through design development, and specializing in materiality through all applications in the multi-family and hospitality sector.

At CID, Michelle oversees the studio library and the extensive material components, applications, feasibility of the materials, cost/budget review, and support to ensure materials meet CID standards and vision. All while involved in various projects through the development phases.


Ann Fritz, CID, IIDA, LEED AP, Director of Interiors | Partner, ESG | Architecture & Design As Director of Interiors, Ann developed the exacting standards, collaborative processes and design leadership that distinguish ESG’s interiors department on a local, regional and national scale. Sensitive to the interpretation of an overall design concept, Ann has repeatedly demonstrated a thorough and thoughtful understanding of how to transform design into a dynamic brand program for clients. Her innovative design solutions, coupled with attentiveness to detail and dedication to project success, result in productive, fully collaborative, long-lasting client relationships. Ann’s positive, problem-solving approach to enhancing and elevating every project, in combination with her leadership and expertise, ensure the seamless integration of interiors that exceed client expectations. #esgdesigned


Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED® AP, Principal at Peter J. Arsenault, Architect. Mr. Arsenault is a registered architect, author, speaker, and consultant with a nationwide practice. A 1977 graduate of Syracuse University, his multi-faceted work has focused on principles of energy, healthy environments, and sustainability since the 1980’s, well before “green” architecture was popularized.

His 44-year career includes design and planning for a wide range of public and private clients on governmental, educational, health care, residential, and religious buildings. He shares this diverse experience regularly at seminars and conferences around the U.S. encouraging design professionals to include sustainability as part of good architectural design. He has over 250 published national continuing education articles to his credit plus numerous articles in professional journals, magazines, and books.

Mr. Arsenault has served at the local, state, and national level of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the US Green Building Council (USGBC), led AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) programs across the country and served as a member of the Advisory Board of the AIA+2030 series.


Emser Tile

Established in 1968, Emser Tile, headquartered in Los Angeles, is the leading designer, marketer and producer of the world’s finest tile and natural stone. By offering unparalleled service and a dynamic selection of products, Emser is one of the most comprehensive sources for interior and exterior products that include porcelain, ceramic, metal, glass, quarry, decorative accents and mosaics, cut-to-size stone, setting materials, and custom manufactured products made to your specifications.

Emser products are designed for both residential and commercial projects. Emser’s nationwide locations plus four, state of the art distribution centers and over 3 million square feet of warehousing space, combine national presence with local service. This allows us to respond to the changing trends and technology.


Originally published in November 2021