AIA Eastern To Host “Mayberry Modernism: NC’s Modernist Legacy”

Triangle Modernist Houses’ George Smart to speak in New Bern.

May 17, 2012 (New Bern, NC) — Triangle Modernist Houses’ founder and director George Smart will present his popular talk “Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina’s Modernist Legacy” to the Eastern NC section of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Eastern) on Tuesday, May 29, beginning at 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the presentation will take place in the Chance-Kemp Orientation Theatre at the Tryon Palace History Center in New Bern.

“Mayberry Modernism” showcases North Carolina’s surprisingly large collection of Modernist residences from the 1950s through today. “Most people, even architects, are surprised that North Carolina has the third largest number of Modernist houses in America,” Smart says.

Smart’s discovery of the Triangle’s large number of “livable works of art” in 2007 led him to start, now the largest single archive of Modernist residential architecture and architects in the nation.

Since 2010, George Smart has taken “Mayberry Modernism” on the road to over 25 AIA NC sections, preservation organizations, realtors associations, and other groups across the state.

The AIA Eastern Section is composed of AIA members spanning eastern North Carolina from Rockingham to Kitty Hawk. The section includes 65 architects, 17 associate members, and 20 emeritus members.

A representative of Andersen Windows will make a presentation prior to Smart’s talk.

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Residential Architect Magazine: “New Modernist House Design Competition”

The inaugural George Matsumoto Prize begins accepting entries May 15

By Shelley D. Hutchins 

A George Matsumoto-design house.

Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) starts accepting entries today, May 15, for its new residential design awards competition. Named after one of the founding professors at North Carolina State University’s architecture school, the George Matsumoto Prize is open to architects and designers from anywhere in the world who have designed a new, single-family modernist house in North Carolina that was completed after Jan. 1, 2006. READ MORE…

NCMH Announces The George Matsumoto Prize – Calls For Entries

Unique Modernist architecture competition features blue-ribbon jury, public voting, and $6000 in honors.

May 10, 2012 (Durham, NC) – George Smart, Executive Director of North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), today

George Matsumoto, FAIA

announced the inaugural George Matsumoto Prize, a unique architecture competition to recognize recent achievement in North Carolina Modernist residential design. TMH is an award-winning, non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving and promoting Modernist architecture.

The Prize is named for George Matsumoto, FAIA, one of the founding faculty members of the North Carolina State University School of Design (now College of Design), internationally known for his mid-century Modernist houses in North Carolina and elsewhere. Matsumoto will serve as Honorary Chair on the jury of well-recognized architects, including Frank Harmon, FAIA, (Chair), MarlonBlackwell, FAIA, David Jameson, FAIA, Tom Kundig, FAIA, and Larry Scarpa, FAIA.

“George Matsumoto was the preeminent Modernist designer in North Carolina in the 1950s,” said jury chair Frank Harmon. “As he made a lasting impression through his buildings and his influence on a generation of students, it is appropriate to honor him through this design awards program as a means of continuing his legacy of good modern design.”

The George Matsumoto Prize is unique among design competitions for four reasons:

1.     The Matsumoto Prize is open to both architects and designers anywhere in the world who have designed houses built in North Carolina since 2006.

2.     To encourage participation while recognizing the expense of preparing submissions, winners of the Matsumoto Prize receive honors of $3000, $2000, and $1000, respectively.

3.     For the first time ever in a North Carolina design competition, the public will participate as a juror, voting for their favorite houses. The public’s three favorites will receive a special certificate.

4.     The Matsumoto Prize is transparent – submitters identify themselves and their firms.

NCMH’s objectives in creating the Matsumoto Prize are “to expand the public’s awareness about the great inventory of North Carolina Modernist houses, to showcase the skills of the North Carolina residential design community, and to inform the public that great design can be well within a homebuyer’s reach,” said George Smart.

“These entries will inspire people dreaming of a Modernist house to know Modernist design is affordable, efficient, sustainable, and most importantly, a house their families will love decades,” he added. “By using an architect or designer, you can have a house, or you can have a great house, for the same budget.”

Competition rules, submission procedures, and deadlines are available online at


Residential Architect magazine: World Monuments Fund Focuses on Saving Modernist Masterpieces

A traveling exhibition about saving Modernist architectural landmarks stops at the AIA NC headquarters this June.

By Shelley D. Hutchins, May 2, 2012

Modernism at Risk: Modern Solutions for Saving Modern Landmarks is an exhibition organized by the World Monuments Fund (WMF) to help bring awareness to the Modernist architectural landmarks that are at risk for demolition or decay. The display includes oversized photographs by noted architectural photographer and artist Andrew Moore, as well as panels describing the buildings. The panels also list examples of how designers and students have helped and can continue to help devise solutions for saving the structures…