NCMH Sponsors First Design Blitz at Red Hat

A special event for Wake County Public Schools students and teachers

Red Hat's headquarters in downtown Raleigh

Red Hat’s headquarters in downtown Raleigh

On Thursday, March 5, North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) will sponsor Design Blitz, an all-day event for Wake County Public Schools’ 10th and 11th grade design students. The event will be held at Red Hat, a leading provider of open source enterprise information technology, in downtown Raleigh.

​[VideoNCMH Exec. Director George Smart on Design Blitz + Project BauHow]

NCMH is an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promotion Modernist residential design across North Carolina. Executive Director George Smart explained why NCMH is leading the Design Blitz sponsorship:

“The Blitz dovetails well with Project BauHow, our initiative for 9th and 10th graders. Both programs focus on encouraging high school students to pursue careers in design. It’s our pleasure to participate.”

Elizabeth Luna, a teacher and certified Adobe education trainer at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, will lead a large design charette during the event.

Otherwise, students will work in small groups with industry professionals as they complete a design challenge: to define a  “creative person” and a “workspace,” then develop a prototype. According to Luna, the emphasis will be on the work process and student collaboration.

Following the challenge, students will engage with an industry panel to learn about architecture, industrial design, and graphic design careers. NCMH’s George Smart will be a member of the panel.

Design Blitz will culminate in a portfolio admissions presentation to help prepare students for future college admissions.

Design Blitz is only open to Wake County public school students and teachers. For more information on the event, contact Elizabeth Luna at

Red Hat is located at 100 E. Davie Street, Raleigh. For more information:

For more information on NCMH, visit

Eidolon Designs To Host March “Thirst4Architecture”

Eidolon's "Slider 1" overlay doors, handcrafted out of 100-year-old heart pine.

Eidolon’s “Slider 1” overlay doors, handcrafted out of 100-year-old heart pine.

Featuring the fine woodworkers’ annual Oyster Roast

Eidolon Designs in Raleigh will once again host “Thirst4Architecture,” a networking event sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) and Emilie Huin/501 Realty, on Thursday, March 5, from 6-8 p.m. Free and open to the public, Eidolon’s T4A event also includes the company’s annual Oyster Roast.

T4A events are opportunities for architects, artists, building managers, contractors, engineers, furniture dealers, realtors, and anyone else interested in Modernist residential design to connect and create strategic alliances in a casual environment. The hosts provide refreshments and other entertainment while introducing T4A participants to their businesses.

Located at 414 Dupont Circle in Raleigh’s historic Boylan Heights neighborhood, Eidolon Designs handcrafts fine furniture, architectural millwork, doors, kitchen, bath, and office components, media integration pieces, and sculpture. According to owners Ann Cowperthwaite and Mike Parker, who have supported NCMH events for many years, the Eidolon team members “are artists and craftsmen, not manufacturers.” The company is also committed to environmental sustainability, the owners said, making sure their source hardwoods come from certified tree farms, that their sheet woods are formaldehyde-free, and that all finishes are non-toxic. (Pictured below: Slider1 Overlay doors by Eidolon Designs, handcrafted out of 100-year-old heart pine

Those attending the March T4A will get to tour Eidolon’s workshop and speak with the owners and other Eidolon craftsmen while enjoying the oyster roast. For more information on Eidolon Designs visit

For more information on NCMH and the locations for future Thirst4Architecture events, visit

NCMH Announces 2015 Matsumoto Prize for Modernist Residential Design

Sponsored exclusively this year by Leland Little Auctions.

George Matsumoto

George Matsumoto

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) announces that the naming sponsor for the 2015 George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist residential design is Leland Little Auctions, the Southeast’s premier estate auction gallery, based in Hillsborough, NC.

NCMH created the Matsumoto Prize in 2012 to honor George Matsumoto, FAIA, one of the founding faculty members of North Carolina State University’s School of Design (now College of Design). Matsumoto designed some of North Carolina’s most well-known and well-loved mid-century Modernist houses.

The Matsumoto Prize uniquely features $6000 in awards, a blue-ribbon jury of internationally known architects, and online public voting.

According to George Smart, NCMH Executive Director, “The Matsumoto Prize promotes new talent and provides motivating honors and incentives for a new generation of architects. 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.”  LLittle Logo

Leland Little explained why his estate auction gallery stepped up as the exclusive sponsor of the 2015 Matsumoto Prize:

“We have admired the way that NCMH and George Smart have highlighted and recognized North Carolina’s wonderful cache of Modernist homes, generating appreciation of and interest in this aesthetic style. We are very proud to sponsor the 2015 Matsumoto Prize.”

The Matsumoto Prize 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 completed on or after January 1, 2009. The house must be in North Carolina but the designer(s) can be from anywhere. There are no educational or licensure requirements for submission; the design speaks for itself.

NCMH will accept submissions May 1 until May 17. All submissions will be posted on the NCMH website for public voting to determine the People’s Choice winners.   Jury Awards are $3,000 first place, $2,000 second place, $1,000 third place, plus a trophy for each.  Winners will be announced July 16 during an awards ceremony at McConnell Studios in Raleigh.

For more information on the 2015 George Matsumoto Prize, go to