Third NC High School Receives Free Computers From NCMH, “Project BauHow”

Sponsored by Smart Homes + Business in GreenvilleWashington HS_sm


(Washington, NC) — On Friday, January 24, at 11:30 a.m., students in a drafting class at Washington High School in Washington, NC, who did not have access to computers at home, received free desktop computers, loaded with Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, thanks to “Project BauHow,” a new educational initiative conceived of and sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and archiving Modernist design across the state

George Smart, founder and director of NCMH, delivered the computers to David Dixon, the drafting class teacher, and his students.

Project BauHow (Bauhaus + Know How) is designed to inspire and accelerate learning in 9th and 10th grade high school drafting classes by increasing students’ access to computers, expanding the ability of drafting teachers to give homework, and encouraging and rewarding the study and creation of Modernist residential architecture.

“North Carolina high school drafting teachers generally can’t give drafting homework because up to 60 percent of high school students in the state don’t have a computer at home or one powerful enough to handle CAD software,” says Smart, who created the project. “That means skills practice in drafting classes can only progress during class time, severely limiting student learning through meaningful homework assignments and additional skill-building.”

In return for the donation, Dixon and other drafting teachers agree to require their students to design Modernist houses then submit those designs to the Student category of NCMH’s annual George Matsumoto Prize, a competition recognizing excellence in Modernist residential design. The winner of the competition will receive a full scholarship to North Carolina State University’s Design Camp this summer.

The Washington donation, worth $5000 and sponsored by Smart Homes + Business of Greenville, marks the third time NCMH has donated computers to high school drafting classes. The first recipient, in September of 2013, was Rolesville High in Rolesville, NC. The second set of computers went to McMichael High in Mayodan, NC, in December.

For more details on Project BauHow, including photos and videos about the project, go to or contact George Smart:, 919-740-8407.


WASHINGTON DAILY NEWS: “Modernists in the making”

By Vail Stewart Rumley

PROJECT BAUHOW: David Dixon, Washington High School’s drafting instructor, describes what the new computers will mean as his drafting class students look on. Dixon applied for, and received, computers for his class through the non-profit North Carolina Modernist Houses’ Project BauHow.

PROJECT BAUHOW: David Dixon, Washington High School’s drafting instructor, describes what the new computers will mean as his drafting class students look on. Dixon applied for, and received, computers for his class through the non-profit North Carolina Modernist Houses’ Project BauHow.

One lucky class walked out of Washington High School Friday afternoon with new computers, courtesy of an organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and archiving Modernist architectural design in North Carolina.

The connection between WHS 9th- and 10th-grade students and the non-profit North Carolina Modernist Houses may not be immediately obvious. But it’s there, in Project BauHow, NCMH’s educational outreach effort to inspire students to study, and perhaps in the future, create, Modernist residential architecture — a style exemplified by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

For the third year, Raleigh-based NCMH has selected three schools for the project, each in a different part of the state.

According to George Smart, creator of Project Bauhow, NCMH targets schools based on need: underserved areas; a population that may not have Internet access; places where the design industry doesn’t have a strong presence. READ MORE…

WCTI-TV: “High School Students Receive Free TVs”


By Amanda Brannon

WASHINGTON, BEAUFORT COUNTY — Some drafting program students at Washington High School received free computers Friday morning.

It’s all part of the North Carolina Modernist Houses‘ “Project BauHow.” The grou donated 14 computers with a drafting program to the students in drafting one. VIEW THE AIRED SEGMENT


NCMH Announces The 2014 Matsumoto Prize Jury

Nationally known panel to judge excellence in NC Modernist houses.

Harry Bates of Bates Masi, Sag Harbor, NY

Harry Bates of Bates Masi, Sag Harbor, NY


January 14, 2014 (Durham, NC) – North Carolina Modernist Houses, the award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across the state, has announced its2014 George Matsumoto Prize Jury.   

The jury for the 2014 Prize includes Harry Bates of Bates Masi Architects in Sag Harbor, New York; Maryann Thompson of Maryann Thompson Architects in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Philip Banta of Banta and Associates in Emeryville, California; Harry Wolf of Wolf Architecture in Los Angeles, California; Helena Arahuete of Lautner Associates-Helena Arahuete Architect also in Los Angeles; and George Matsumoto, honorary chair.

Now in its third year, the Matsumoto Prize is a unique design competition featuring $6000 in awards, a blue-ribbon jury of internationally known architects and designers, and online public voting.  It is named to honor George Matsumoto, a founding faculty member of North Carolina State University’s School of Design (now College of Design) who created some of the state’s most well-known and historically significant Modernist houses.  

The Matsumoto Prize is the only juried architecture competition in North Carolina that focuses solely on Modernist houses, provides financial awards, involves a national jury plus public voting, and connects to a major architectural archive at the NCMH website. Residential designers entering the competition can be from anywhere but the houses they submit must be located in North Carolina.

“The Prize powerfully engages the greater community to be involved with the architecture they love,” says NCMH founder and director George Smart, “and the competition publicly showcases a new generation of outstanding Modernist architects and houses in North Carolina.” 

For more information on the 2014 Matsumoto Prize, go to


Wendy Rowe Named North Carolina Modernist Houses’ Director of Partner Relations


Wendy Rowe

Wendy Rowe

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) has named Wendy Rowe as Director of Partner Relations. A management consultant and professional fund raiser, Rowe has joined the award-winning non-profit organization to help develop sponsor and donor relationships for NCMH and its documentation, preservation, and promotion initiatives.

Rowe brings over 30 years of sales, marketing, and management expertise to NCMH. Her previous work includes media planning and advertising for the National Basketball Association (NBA), Citibank, and Chemical Bank.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University’s Trinity College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and from The Fuqua School of Business with a Masters degree in Business Administration.  She has served as a key fundraiser and major gifts officer for Duke University and, in 1999, she was instrumental in raising over $40 million for the Special Olympics World Games.

“Besides owning a Modernist house herself, Wendy Rowe brings a wealth of experience in connecting organizations with people passionate about their missions,” said NCMH founder and director George Smart. “In just a few weeks, she has already brought exciting new energy and connections to NCMH. We are thrilled to have her on the NCMH team.”

Established in 2007, NCMH is dedicated to archiving, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential architecture throughout North Carolina through a vast variety of events, efforts, and initiatives. For more information visit