NCMH Founder George Smart Receives AIA NC’s Legacy Award

For service to North Carolina architecture

NCMH founder and director George Smart

NCMH founder and director George Smart

September 18, 2013 (Durham, NC) – On a moonlit night aboard the USS North Carolina in Wilmington, NC, George Smart, founder of North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), received the prestigious Legacy Award from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA NC).
According to AIA NC, the Legacy Award is given to non-architect organizations or individuals “who demonstrate that they have, with purpose, influenced the advancement of architecture and/or raised the public’s awareness of the positive impact that architecture and planning can make on the perception and livability of North Carolina communities.” It has only been awarded twice before: to Biltmore Corporation in Asheville in 2010 and Preservation North Carolina in 2011.
NCMH (formerly Triangle Modernist Houses) is a non-profit organization dedicated to archiving, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across the state from the 1950s to today.
Along with creating the country’s largest open digital archive of Modernist houses and architects at, NCMH maintains a free listing of NC Modernist houses for sale or rent.  The site has 60 gigs of content including architecture magazines and other documents, lectures, and video interviews with NC architects.
NCMH hosts public tours of Modernist houses; supports 9th and 10th grade design education through Project BauHow; sponsors an annual series of architecture movies; hosts summer networking happy hours for the design community; and hosts an annual dinner where local Modernist architects gather with the  public. All NCMH events are intended to raise awareness of Modernist design, to connect people with Modernist architects, and to help preserve Modernist houses for future generations. 
In 2012, NCMH created the George Matsumoto Prize, a unique design awards program that recognizes excellence in recent single-family Modernist residential design in North Carolina.
In his presentation in Wilmington, Executive Director David Crawford quoted architect Frank Harmon, FAIA, as saying: “No one has done more for North Carolina architecture in the last six years than George Smart.”
For more information on the AIA NC Legacy Award, go to and click on “Design and Chapter Awards.”    For more information on George Smart and NCMH, visit


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