ARCHITECT magazine: “The Winners of This Year’s Matsumoto Prize Awards”

North Carolina Modernist Houses announced six residential designs in two categories selected by a jury and online voters that continue the Modernist architect’s legacy.

Photo by James West / JWest Productions LLC

Photo by James West / JWest Productions LLC

Six residences across North Carolina have been named as winners in this year’s Matsumoto Prize Awards. Held by the Durham, N.C.-based nonprofit North Carolina Modernist Houses, the annual program celebrates residential designs that hearken back to the work of modernist architect George Matsumoto, FAIA. The six projects are divvied up between two categories: the Jury Awards and People’s Choice Awards.

The jury, which comprised Ray Kappe, FAIA, founder of Kappe Architects, in San Rafael, Calif.; Alison Brooks, principal and creative director of Alison Brooks Architects, in London; Joshua Prince-Ramus, AIA, principal of REX, in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Harry Wolf, AIA, of Wolf Architecture, in West Hollywood, Calif.; Miami Beach, Fla.-based designer Charles McMurray; and English production designer Nathan Crowley chose three sites as the competition’s first-, second-, and third-prize winners…READ MORE

NCMH Announces The 2016 Matsumoto Prize Winners

Recognizing excellence in Modernist

residential design across the state.

First Prize Jury Awards and Second Prize People's Choice Awards: 123 Hillcrest by Alphin Design Build

First Prize Jury Awards and Second Prize People’s Choice Awards: 123 Hillcrest by Alphin Design Build

The winners of the 2016 George Matsumoto Prizesponsored by the non-profit organization North Carolina Modernist Houses, were announced during a special event held in McConnell Studios in Raleigh on Thursday night, July 21.

Recognizing excellence in North Carolina Modernist residential design, three projects were selected in two categories: The Jury Awards, chosen by a jury of six nationally celebrated architects and designers; and the People’s Choice Awards, selected through online public voting.

First Prize in the Jury Awards went to Will Alphin of Alphin Design Build, Raleigh, for 123 Hillcrest (pictured above), a four-level house in Raleigh’s Cameron Park neighborhood that integrates indoor-outdoor living and honors its owners’ aspirations for a progressive, sustainable home. As First Prize winner, the firm received $3000. (Builder: Alphin Design Build. Photography © James West/JWest Productions)

Jury Award Second Prize: Corbett residence by in situ studio.

Jury Award Second Prize: Corbett residence by in situ studio.

The Jury’s Second Prize went to Erin Sterling Lewis, AIA, and Matthew Griffith, AIA, of in situ studio, Raleigh, for the Corbett Residence in Bahama, NC, a single-story house expressed as a low black box that strikes a line across its sloping site, mimicking the horizon. As Second Prize winner, the firm received $2000. (Builder: Aiello Builders, Inc. Photography © Richard Leo Johnson / Atlantic Archives)

Jury Award Third Prize: Medlin residence by in situ studio.

Jury Award Third Prize: Medlin residence by in situ studio.

The Jury’s Third Prize also went to in situ studio for the Medlin Residence in Raleigh, a compact, L-shaped home that creates a courtyard between the house and a hillside and boldly allows an interior staircase to become a dominate form expressed on the facade. For Third Prize, the firm received $1000. (Builder: Kemp Harris, Inc. Photography © Richard Leo Johnson / Atlantic Archives)

People's Choice First Place: BlauHaus by STITCH Design Shop

People’s Choice First Place: BlauHaus by STITCH Design Shop

In the People’s Choice Awards, online voters’ First Place selection was Adam Sebastian, AIA, of STITCH Design Shop, Winston-Salem, for Blauhaus in Winston-Salem, a house sited parallel to a creek with a gabled roof form that gives a nod to the owner’s home in German yet maintains a distinctly modernist vocabulary. (Builder: Ken McDaniel. Photography by Adam Sebastian)

The People’s Choice Second Place honor went to the Jury’s First Prize winner — Alphin Design Build for 123 Hillcrest (pictured above).

People's Choice Third Place: Ciel 10 by Retro+Fit+Design

People’s Choice Third Place: Ciel 10 by Retro+Fit+Design

Third Place in the People’s Choice Awards went to Jason Well of Retro + Fit + Design, Asheville, for Ciel 10, a dramatic, custom-builder, for-sale house in the mountains that the architect created by shifting a series of cantilevered blocks to optimize views. (Builder: Bellwether Design Build. Photography © David Dietrich Photography)

The George Matsumoto Prize, supported by the McAdams Foundation, honors George Matsumoto, FAIA, a founding faculty member of North Carolina State University’s School of Design and architect of some of the state’s best-known and historically significant Modernist houses.  Each year Matsumoto serves as honorary jury chair.

For more information on North Carolina Modernist Houses and the other 2016 Matsumoto Prize entries, go to

McConnell Studios To Host Matsumoto Prize Awards Presentation and “Thirst4Architecture”

The 2016 award winners will be announced

during the popular networking event.


McConnell Studios in Boylan Heights, Raleigh, will host North Carolina Modernist Houses’ 2016 George Matsumoto Prize Recognizing Excellence in North Carolina Modernist Residential Design on Thursday, July 21, from 6-8 p.m. Free and open to the public, the awards presentation is part of NCMH’s monthly “Thirst4Architecture” networking events.

Now in its fifth year, The Matsumoto Prize is the only professionally juried competition with cash prizes — totaling $6000 — specifically for Modernist houses. The Prize also features online public voting. The People’s Choice awards from online voting will be presented along with the three Jury Awards. (To see the houses submitted for 2016, go to

“These entries inspire people to dream of having their own Modernist house,” said NCMH founder and director George Smart. “Most people are surprised to know Modernist design doesn’t have to be expensive. It can easily be affordable, efficient, sustainable, and a house their families will love for decades. This year’s entries are exemplary, and we’re looking forward to revealing the winners.”

The McAdams Foundation is supporting the 2016 Matsumoto Prize.

mcconnellogoAlong with the awards presentation, entertainment for the evening will include live music, catered food, various beverages, and the opportunity to tour McConnell Studios.

Founded in 2001 by Matt McConnell, the studios turn out custom designed sculpture, lighting, architectural installations, and other products of all scales for public, commercial, and residential clients. Located at 324 Dupont Circle, McConnell Studios works in a wide variety of materials and fabrication systems. For more information and directions, go to

NCMH’s monthly Thirst4Architecture networking events are sponsored by Emilie Huin/Triangle Modern Homes, specializing in the sale of Modernist homes throughout the Triangle. For more information on NCMH, Thirst4Architecture, and the Matsumoto Prize, visit

ARCHITECT magazine: “The Shortlist for This Year’s Matsumoto Prize Awards”

"Katamochi" by Mackey Mitchell Architects (Photo by Rob Travis)

“Katamochi” by Mackey Mitchell Architects (Photo by Rob Travis)

The annual program hosted by Durham, N.C.-based nonprofit organization, North Carolina Modernist Houses, selected 16 sites for its shortlist honoring modernist residential architect George Matsumoto.


North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) has selected a shortlist of 16 submissions for this year’s Matsumoto Prize Awards. Recognizing modernist residences across the U.S. South, the Matsumoto Prize projects must be located within the region to be eligible. However, designers and architects can be located outside of it. This program is one of many conducted by NCMH, the Durham, N.C.-based nonprofit organization founded by 2016 AIA Collaborative Achievement Award winner George Smart (now NCMH’s executive director) that documents, preserves, and promotes modernist architecture across the country.

This year’s projects are all located in N.C., and range from deconstructivist mountain homes, to cantilevered, single-family residences in the suburbs, to spacious coastal dwellings. READ MORE…

James Taylor’s Modernist Childhood Home Will Open for Second Public Tour July 2nd

1952 Taylor Home_sm

After the first tour sold out, NCMH has arranged a second opportunity for Taylor fans and Modernist design enthusiasts.

By popular demand, North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) will host a second tour of singer-songwriter James Taylor’s classic mid-century Modern childhood home in Chapel Hill on Saturday, July 2, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Tickets ($7 each) for admission by specific time slots are on sale now at and are expected to sell out quickly.  Nine-hundred people attended the first tour on June 4.  “I can’t tell you how many phone calls and emails I’ve received from folks who didn’t secure tickets for the first tour before it was sold out,” said George Smart, Executive Director of NCMH. “James Taylor is such an iconic figure, locally and nationally. So we’re delighted to be able to offer a second opportunity.”

Modernist architects George Matsumoto and John Latimer designed the three-level house, which was built in 1952 for Dr. Isaac Taylor — then-dean of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine — his wife Trudy and their five children: James, Livingston, Hugh, Alex, and Kate. James lived there until he graduated from high school.

In the 1960s, James and his siblings played music in the two-story guesthouse nearby, which is included on the tour. Participants will see where James carved his initials on the railing around the guesthouse deck.

The house will be auctioned on June 29.

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit North Carolina Modernist Houses, a nonprofit dedicated to archiving, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across the state. For more information:

NEWS & OBSERVER: “Public voting open for NC Modernist house design contest”

Corbett residence in Bahama by in situ studio and Aiello Builders, Inc. Courtesy of NC Modernist Houses (Photo by Richard Leo Johnson / Atlantic Archives)

Corbett residence in Bahama by in situ studio and Aiello Builders, Inc.  (Photo by Richard Leo Johnson / Atlantic Archives)

By Andrea Weigl

Public online voting for the 2016 George Matsumoto Prize, awarded for excellence in N.C. modernist residential design, is now open.

The public will help determine three “People’s Choice” winners. Anyone may vote by email (one time per email address) for his or her favorite entry until 5 p.m. June 29. Winners receive cash prizes from a pool of $6,000.

“These entries inspire people dreaming of a modernist house to know modernist design is affordable, efficient, sustainable and most importantly, a house their families will love for decades,” said N.C. Modernist Houses executive director George Smart, whose organization organizes the awards. READ MORE..

NCMH Announces October Trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece, “Fallingwater”

FallingwaterXSA popular annual pilgrimage that includes FLW’s Kentuck Knob and Usonian houses

Nonprofit preservation group North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) has announced its seventh annual pilgrimage to Fallingwater, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s residential masterpiece in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, on Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

NCMH is a non-profit organization based in Durham, NC, and dedicated to archiving, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design from the 1950s to today. Since 2010, NCMH founder and director George Smart has organized annual trips to Fallingwater, the most famous Modernist house in America. One past participant declared the trip “a Modernist adventure of the highest order.” Another called it “a lifetime experience.”

About Fallingwater: Wright designed Fallingwater as a vacation house for the Kaufman family of Pittburgh. It was built between 1936 and 1939 over a 30-foot waterfall. The house doesn’t seem to stand on solid ground but instead stretches out over the waterfall. In 1938, Fallingwater captured the nation’s imagination when it appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Today it is a National Historic Landmark.

A few miles away from Fallingwater, the NCMH group will also tour Kentuck Knob, a house Wright designed in the last decade of his life that features a celebrated sculpture garden. And in nearby Polymath Park, the group will tour Wright’s 1957 “Usonian” Duncan House as well as two Usonian-inspired houses. “Usonian” was Wright’s concept of practical, functional, affordable housing for middle-class families that would redefine how people thought of their living spaces.

Tickets for this year’s Fallingwater pilgrimage include:

  • The American Airlines flight direct from RDU to Pittsburgh and return flight
  • Wi-Fi equipped ground transportation throughout the tour
  • Hotel accommodations (double and single occupancy)
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinner Saturday night
  • Guided tours of Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, and the three houses in Polymath Park.

The journey will begin when the group gathers at RDU at 9:30 a.m., October 1, for the 11 a.m. flight to Pittsburgh. The return flight will leave Pittsburgh at 6:10 p.m. October 2.

Tickets for the Fallingwater trip sell out quickly, so Smart urges anyone interested to purchase his or her ticket soon. Architects can receive self-reported CEU hours if they make arrangements in advance with the AIA.

For see ticket prices, to purchase tickets, and for more details on this year’s trip go to

For more information on NCMH, visit



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