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Tile Lookbook 2018


Protz Studio is an architecture, design, and visual arts practice based in Tucson, Arizona. We focus on interiority, atmosphere, and interface with the environment to generate innovative material and visual narratives. Our architectural designs strive to provoke the senses, engage the imagination, and evoke a feeling of timelessness. We provide a full range of architectural services— from concept development to construction administration—and we’re intimately involved with the craftsmanship of all we do, working with builders and fabricators through every phase of every project. Our studio also specializes in the custom design and production of ceramic tile artworks. We’ve produced pieces for a range of commercial and private clients, using active research and experimentation to create pattern-based pieces that explore nuances of material. Often, we integrate our ceramic tiles into our architectural projects, empowering them to work together to create transformative interiors.


Design is making patterns. Look through our catalog to choose individual designs or mix-and-match tiles. Or, feel free to request a custom design. With all our tiles, the overall pattern emerges during installation—we provide instructions and a few simple rules, but the builder completes the work to reveal the final pattern. All our tile is made-to-order. Each one is hand-printed on bisque and kilnfired. As a result, each tile has minor variations and imperfections in glaze coat, coloration, and edge quality, which adds character to the tiles and the aggregate field. A standard tile is 6"x6" square. Other shapes and dimensions are available by special request. Select from matte white, gloss white, matte gunmetal, or matte black for the base finish. Then choose from the following pattern glaze colors or request a custom color, and we'll do our best to meet your specific needs. If you like what you see, please get in touch! We’re happy to provide samples and cost estimates as needed. hello@protzstudio.com

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Protz Studio Partner Profiles

Shawn Protz RA, LEED AP BD+C Shawn Protz grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Major in Architecture and a Minor in Hispanic Studies while earning varsity letters in wrestling along with the Norman J. Goldring Prize. He received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University and is a registered architect in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania as well as LEED certified. He has nearly a decade of experience in architecture including working with award-winning practices KieranTimberlake and Rick Joy Architects among others. Shawn has taught courses in architecture at the University of Arizona and Auburn University. His interest in ceramic tile and pattern grew from travels to Spain, Portugal, and Brazil, the latter as part of the Butler Traveling Fellowship.

Chrissy McMillan-Protz Chrissy McMillan grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia. She graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with a major in Art & Archaeology and a minor in Visual Arts while earning the Irma S. Seitz Prize, Lucas Prize, and Shapiro Prize. She also received her Master of Architecture from Princeton University. She has nearly a decade of experience in design, fabrication, installation, and public art which she has developed as Director of Public Art at Creative Machines and while working with several architects and visual artists along the East Coast. Chrissy has taught courses in architecture at the University of Arizona. Her interest in design and visual arts began in elementary school while competing in the Odyssey of the Mind program, and she currently serves on the Arizona Odyssey State Board of Directors.

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