Three NC High School Students Win Design Competition, Scholarships To NCSU Design Camp

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is pleased to announce that Ian Price of McMichael High School

Site plan by Ian Price

Site plan by Ian Price

in Mayodan, Lacy Turner of Washington High School in Washington, and Wesley Pritzlaff of Rolesville High in Rolesville are the winners in the inaugural student category of the 2014 George Matsumoto Prize for Modern Residential Design across North Carolina.

The students’ submissions to the Matsumoto Prize was the result of their schools’ drafting classes participation in Project Bauhow, an educational initiative sponsored by NCMH with support from the Kramden Institute.

Project Bauhow (Bauhaus + Know-How) provides free desktop computers that support CAD (computer aided design) software to ninth and tenth grade students in carefully selected drafting classes statewide. The students who receive the computers do not have access to computers at home that can support the CAD software.

In exchange for the computers, the teachers agreed to have all of their students design a single-family

Elevation drawing by Lacy Turner

Elevation drawing by Lacy Turner

Modernist house that could be submitted to the Matsumoto Prize’s student category.

The assignment came with imaginary details about the size of the house, the number of people in the family, each individual’s special needs and/or interests, and other information an architect would need to design a home specific to the site and the client. In this imaginary family, two sisters are moving in together with their children, one of whom is confined to a wheel chair so accessibility was an issue. (To read more about the students’ assignment, go to

Members of the Triangle Area Design Society —  architects Frank Harmon, Dennis Stallings, Phil Szostak, David Hill, and Jeffrey Lee — juried this year’s competition and determined that Ian’s, Lacy’s, and Wesley’s designs were the best from their respective schools.

As a result, NCMH is giving these three students scholarships to attend North Carolina State University’s well-known Design Day Camp from July 14-18, 2014.

“Through the establishment of Project Bauhow, North Carolina Modernist Houses is to be commended for

Floorplan by Wesley Pritzlaff

Floorplan by Wesley Pritzlaff

its efforts to give high school students access to computers and technology that might otherwise be unavailable to them,” said Dennis Stallings, FAIA, who is also a professor at NCSU’s College of Design. “Giving these students the ability to experience a real design problem and execute it opens the door for many of them to potentially pursue a career in design. The students should be commended for taking on this design challenge and learning the software that allowed them to execute it.”

North Carolina Modernist Houses is an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to archiving, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design statewide. For more information visit www.ncmodernistorg.

For more information on Project Bauhow, click here. To see a WNCT TV segment on one of the winners, click here.

For more information on the 2014 George Matsumoto Prize for architects and designers who have built single-family houses anywhere in North Carolina, visit


WNCT TV: “Washington student wins drafting contest”

By Maria Satira, Weekend Anchor

North Carolina Modernist Houses' Project Bauhow

Lacy Turner of Washington High School

A Beaufort County high school student wins a statewide architecture contest.

Lacy Turner competed with 60 other students in Project Bauhow.

It’s an annual design contest sponsored by a North Carolina Modernist Houses architecture organization for high school drafting students.

Turner, who is a 10th grader at Washington High School followed the prompt to design a modernist house for a family of five with a special needs child in a wheel chair.

“I built an elevator in the house for easy access to both levels of the house and i built her room especially for her so she’s able to access her bathroom and her shower,” said Turner.

She is one of three winners across the state and gets a scholarship to a design day camp at North Carolina State University this July. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SEGMENT

Wilkinson Supply To Host “Thirst4Architecture” June 19

A networking event for Modernist design enthusiastsThirst4Architecture, NCMH

May 20, 2014 (Raleigh, NC) – Wilkinson Supply Company, a family owned source for decorative kitchen and bath products in Raleigh, will host North Carolina Modernist Houses’ (NCMH’s) “Thirst4Architecture” networking happy hour on Thursday, June 19, from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Emilie Huin of Coldwell Banker, a specialist in Modernist real estate throughout the Triangle, is the series sponsor for all 2014 Thirst4Architecture events.

NCMH connects hundreds of Modernist design enthusiasts through its T4A events. The host business provides refreshments and other entertainment while attendees build relationships, create strategic alliances, and make new contacts.

“We welcome Modernist homeowners, architects and designers, artists, builders and contractors, furniture retainers, students, and anyone else with a huge crush on Modernist design,” said NCMH board chair George Smart. “There are no presentations, just good conversation.”

Bill and Martha Wilkinson opened Wilkinson Supply Company in 1965 as a small plumbing distribution business based in Raleigh. Since then the company has expanded into Apex, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Rocky Mount, and Wilson with showrooms that provide over 8000 square feet of display space. T4A guests will be able to explore the Raleigh showroom at 3300 Bush Street during the June networking event. For more information and directions, visit

NCMH is an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across the state. For the dates and locations of future T4A events, go to

About Wilkinson Supply Company:

Wilkinson Supply is a family-owned decorative plumbing and hardware supply business based in North Carolina. Since 1965, Wilkinson Supply has served customers in Raleigh, Durham, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Wilson and Rocky Mount with quality decorative plumbing and hardware, appliances, and top-notch customer service. For more information visit

2014 Matsumoto Prize Now Accepting Submission

A unique architecture competition that celebrates NC Modernist residential design

Submissions are now being accepted in the 2014 George Matsumoto Prize for excellence in North Carolina Modernist residential, sponsored by the award-winning non-profit North Carolina Modernist Houses. The deadline for submissions is June 8.

Now in its third year, the Prize is named for George Matsumoto, FAIA, a founding member of the North Carolina State University School (now College) of Design, who is well-known for the many mid-century Modernist houses he designed in North Carolina.

The Matsumoto Prize is a unique design awards program. It is the only juried architecture competition in North Carolina that focuses on Modernist houses, provides financial awards ($6000 total), involves a national jury as well as online public voting, and connects to a major architectural archive.

The competition is open to anyone with primary design responsibility for a completely built, from-the-ground-up, single-family Modernist house of at least 800 heated square feet that was completed on or after January 1, 2008.  The designer does not have to be a licensed architect. The houses submitted must be in North Carolina but the designers can be from anywhere.

“The Matsumoto Prize promotes new talent and provides motivating honors and incentives for a new generation of architects,” said NCMH founder and director George Smart. “It also contributes to wider public recognition of Modernism in all its forms — architecture, art, furniture, and fashion — and recognizes the significant economic and aesthetic impact of Modernism across North Carolina.”

In addition to the jury, the public will also vote, with the top winners getting “People’s Choice” recognition. Public voting will begin at in mid-June.

Again this year, George Matsumoto will serve as the jury’s Honorary Chair. He will joined by: Harry Bates of Bates Masi, Sag Harbor, NY; Maryann Thompson of Maryann Thompson Architects, Watertown, MA; Philip Banta of Banta and Associates, Emeryville, CA: Harry Wolf of Wolf Architecture, Los Angeles, CA; Helena Arahuete of Lautner Associates | Helena Arahuete Architect, Playa Del Rey, CA; and Brion Jeannette of Brion Jeannette Architecture, Newport Beach, CA.

The Prize ceremony will be held Thursday, July 17, from 6-8 p.m., at the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh, NC.  Ticket information will be available in June.

Competition rules, submission procedures, and guidelines are available at To see last year’s submissions and winners:

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: “Scene & Heard – Mayberry Modernism”

Fans of modernist architecture gathered at The Garage on May 1 for a special presentation by North Carolina

NCMH founder and director George Smart

NCMH founder and director George Smart

Modernist Houses’ George Smart.

Against the industrial backdrop of one of Winston-Salem’s longstanding live music performance locations, Ben Schwab, an architect at Stitch Design + Development, joined Adam Sebastian, an architect with Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce Architects, in welcoming guests to the event.

One of the ideas behind modern architecture is the “form follows function” ideal. Key design elements include simplicity and the elimination of unnecessary detail and the use of industrially-produced details. Sebastian introduced Smart, who shared some of N.C. Modernist’s preservation success stories. READ MORE…


NEWS & OBSERVER: “Raleigh architecture fans work to save Glenwood Avenue Modernist office building”

A modernist office building designed by Milton Small at 3515 Glenwood Avenue recently housed Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, but it faces demolition if a new tenant isn't found soon. (Photo by Corey Lowenstein)

A modernist office building designed by Milton Small at 3515 Glenwood Avenue recently housed Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, but it faces demolition if a new tenant isn’t found soon. (Photo by Corey Lowenstein)

By Colin Campbell

 — With its wraparound porch and ceiling-high windows, the former Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic building stands out amid the hulking brick office parks that dot Glenwood Avenue just inside the Beltline.

But within months, the 52-year-old building designed by Raleigh architect G. Milton Small could face the wrecking ball. Since the orthopedic practice moved out last summer, owner John Lyon Jr. hasn’t found a new tenant, and he has filed plans for a new building twice as large to capitalize on the prime location near Crabtree Valley Mall.

The group N.C. Modernist Houses launched a campaign this week to save the structure that The New York Times cited for its “taste and good design” in a 1965 review of small office buildings around the country.

“Its floor-to-ceiling windows all around and wide porch – you just don’t see that anymore,” said the group’s director, George Smart. “It matches that modernist ethic of bringing the outside in.” READ MORE…

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