McConnell Studios To Host Matsumoto Prize Awards, Thirst4Architecture

Steel and glass "Dragon" by McConnell Studios for the NC State Bar Assn.

Steel and glass “Dragon” by McConnell Studios for the NC State Bar Assn.

Design award winners will be announced during the event.

McConnell Studios in Boylan Heights, Raleigh, will host North Carolina Modernist Houses’ 2015 George Matsumoto Prize awards for Modernist residential design on Thursday, July 23, from 6-8 p.m. Free and open to the public, the awards presentation will be part of a “Thirst4Architecture” design networking event.

Along with the awards presentation, entertainment for the evening will include free music, food, beer, coffee, and a chance to tour through McConnell Studio’s sculpture, lighting, architectural elements, and other custom-fabricated products. A game of “Modernist Musical Chairs,” sponsored by Ivy Simon of Palette & Parlor in Chapel Hill, will give guests a chance to win a Modernist chair. Leland Little Auctions, this year’s Prize sponsor, will also auction off a chair and ottoman by Mitchell Restoration.

Now in its third year, The Matsumoto Prize is the only professionally juried competition with cash prizes specifically for Modernist houses. Over 1700 public votes have been cast for the three top People’s Choice awards, which will also be presented that night. (To see the houses, go to

“These entries inspire people to dream of having their own Modernist house,” said NCMH founder and director George Smart. “Most people are surprised to know Modernist design doesn’t have to be expensive.  It can easily be affordable, efficient, sustainable, and a house their families will love for decades. This year’s entries are terrific, and we’re looking forward to revealing this winners.”

NCMH’s monthly Thirst4Architecture networking events are sponsored by Emilie Huin/Triangle Modern Homes, specializing in the sale of Modernist homes throughout the Triangle.

McConnell Studios is located at 324 Dupont Circle, Raleigh. For more information and directions, go to


NEWS & OBSERVER: “Public voting open for N.C. Modernist house awards”

By Andrea Weigl

Public voting is open until June 30 for the annual George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist residential architecture.

The public will chose the people’s choice award among 13 entries, which include homes from Charlotte to Carrboro.

A jury of internationally known architects and designers will choose a first, second and third place winner; each winning $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. Three people’s choice winners will be chosen by public voting.

Fans of the PBS show “A Chef’s Life” will recognize the home owned by Kinston chef Vivian Howard and her husband, Ben Knight. READ MORE…

READING EAGLE: “Modernist marvels found in North Carolina”

Modernist house, Raleigh

The Associated Press | The entrance to Jacqueline Jordan’s 1951 modernist home in Raleigh, N.C. It is one of many homes in its region drawing attention from fans of the noted architectural style. –

RALEIGH, N.C. — A 1950s two-bedroom home in a neighborhood just outside downtown may not seem special at first glance, but this North Carolina house has just been placed on the National Register of Historic Places as a superb example of mid-century modern in a neighborhood known for the architectural style.

Jacquelyn Jordan, a school principal who bought the home in Raleigh’s Cameron Village, said she wasn’t that impressed when she saw the house from the outside in 1998.”But I went inside, and I just loved it,” she said. “I loved the big rooms and the big windows. I walked into the backyard, and I really fell in love with it.”

Fans of modernist architecture estimate that North Carolina, particularly the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, has the third-largest collection of modernist homes in the country after Los Angeles and New York’s Long Island.

George Smart, executive director of North Carolina Modernist Houses, bases the estimate on his research, which shows the Triangle area with 700 to 800 modernist homes. Statewide, he estimates North Carolina has 1,200 to 1,300 of the homes. READ MORE…

2015 Matsumoto Prize Online Public Voting Is Now Open


Recognizing excellence in Modernist house design

Public online voting for the 2015 George Matsumoto Prize, which recognizes excellence in Modernist residential design throughout North Carolina*, is now open at

Sponsored by Leland Little Auctions this year, The Prize  includes public voting to determine three “People’s Choice” winners. *Anyone in the world may vote by email (one time per email address) after viewing the submissions at the link above.

The Matsumoto Prize is named for George Matsumoto, FAIA, a Modernist architect well-known in North Carolina for exceptional residential designs.

Matsumoto also serves as Honorary Chair for the Prize’s blue-ribbon jury of professional architects who select the winners for cash prizes from a pool of $6000.

“These entries inspire people dreaming of a Modernist house to know Modernist design is affordable, efficient, sustainable, and most importantly, a house their families will love for decades,” said NCMH founder and director George Smart. “We’re looking forward to record-breaking public participation via this year’s online voting.”

Online voting ends at 5 p.m. EST, June 30.

To see the entries and vote, visit

For more information about the 2015 Matsumoto Prize, go to