Online Voting For The 2013 Matsumoto Prize Begins July 5th


Triangle Modernist Houses’ design award program welcomes public voting.



June 28, 2013 (Durham, NC) — Online public voting for the second annual George Matsumoto Prize, recognizing excellence in North Carolina Modernist residential design, will begin July 5 and end at 5 p.m. on July 20. 

The houses submitted for the Prize must be located in North Carolina but their designers may be from anywhere. Voting is also open to the public at large.

The Matsumoto Prize is sponsored by Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), an award-winning, non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design.

“We received votes last year from as far away as Argentina,” said TMH founder and director George Smart. “We welcome anyone, anywhere to vote for his or her favorite Modernist houses among those submitted for the Prize.”

The public vote serves as the “sixth juror” for a jury composed of noted national architects, which will select the winners. However, the three houses that receive the most public votes will receive special recognition as People’s Choice winners.

Smart also announced that this year’s public voting will include a random drawing of voters’ emails for special prizes. Voters will also have the opportunity to make small donations to the Matsumoto Prize endowment fund.

“And If you voted last year,” Smart added, “you’ll be happy to know that image access time will be much faster and work on more electronic devices.”

Votes are limited to one vote per email address. If more than one vote comes from an email address, only the first vote will count. Votes from emails that appear to be bots, suspicious, or from the same source are not counted. TMH’s decisions on vote eligibility are final. 

TMH created the Matsumoto Prize to honor George Matsumoto FAIA. Matsumoto was one of the founding faculty members of the NCSU School of Design and created some of North Carolina’s most celebrated mid-century Modernist houses. 

The Prize is unique among design awards programs because it focuses strictly on Modernist houses, it provides financial awards, it involves a national jury plus public voting, and it connects to TMH’s architectural archive, the largest single archive of Modernist houses and those who design them in the nation.

To vote after July 5, go to For more information on the Matsumoto Prize and Triangle Modernist Houses, visit

Byrd Tile To Host June’s “Thirst4Architecture” Happy Hour

Triangle Modernist Houses’ monthly networking event for design enthusiasts.188697_135360139865983_5292372_n

June 5, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) – Byrd Tile Distributors will host Triangle Modernist Houses’ (TMH) popular “Thirst4Architecture” happy hour in the company’s Raleigh showroom on Thursday, June 27, from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will include food, drinks, and live music.

Thirst4Architecture (T4A) events are casual gathering opportunities for anyone interested in architecture and design. The host business provides refreshments and other entertainment.

“T4A events focus on building relationships, generating passion about good design, creating strategic alliances, and connecting people to each other,” said TMH founder and director George Smart. “We welcome Modernist homeowners, architects, artists, designers, realtors, engineers, contractors, property investors, building managers,  materials and furniture dealers, and anyone else with a huge crush on great architecture.”

Byrd Tile Distributors is a locally owned and operated supplier for kitchen, bathroom, entry, fireplace, living area, and outdoor applications. Herbert Byrd founded the company in 1975. His son Greg has continued to run it since 1982 and added another showroom in Greenville. The Raleigh showroom is located at 3400 Tarheel Drive. For more information visit

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses and other T4A events, go to


NEWS & OBSERVER: “House prize deadline nears”

Entries are due June 30 in the 2013 competition for the George Matsumoto Prize for Modernist Houses.

The competition is open to anyone with primary design responsibility for a completed single-family modernist home of at least 600 heated square feet built in North Carolina on or after Jan. 1, 2007. The architect or designer can be from anywhere, but the house must be in North Carolina. READ MORE…

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