Public Voting Starts July 8 For The Matsumoto Prize

George Matsumoto, FAIA

The public is invited to vote in a unique North Carolina architecture competition.

June 25, 2012 (Durham, NC) — For the first time ever in a North Carolina architecture competition, the public will serve as a juror. Sponsored by Triangle Modernist Houses, the Matsumoto Prize recognizes recent achievement for Modernist houses within North Carolina.

The Matsumoto Prize is named for George Matsumoto, FAIA, a preeminent Modernist architect who will serve as Honorary Chair for the panel of professional jurors.

The public is encouraged to vote as well. Anyone in the world can vote via email, one time per email address. According to George Smart, TMH’s founder and director, the competing submissions will be posted on the TMH website, www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/vote.htm. Complete rules are on the site. Public voting will be open July 8 through 22.

To encourage Modernist home designers’ participation, TMH is awarding unprecedented cash prizes to the winners chosen by a jury of professional architects and the public: $3000 for first place, $2000 for second, and $1000 for the third place winner. The three houses that receive the most public votes also receive a special commendation.

TMH’s objectives in creating the Matsumoto Prize is “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 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.”

For more information on the Matsumoto Prize, go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/prize.

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