MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series Moves To Hunt Library, Opens October 1

NC Modernist HousesThis year’s MoHo Realty Architecture Movie series, sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses and MoHo Realty, starts this Thursday, October 1, at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library Auditorium in Raleigh with a special screening of the 2014 documentary “The Competition.”

“The Competition” is a raw account of how some of the best architects in the world, including Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, and Zaha Hadid, struggling to beat the competition for the National Museum of Art in Andorra, a tiny nation between France and Spain. Called “mud wrestling with architects, this is the first competition to be documented, producing an unclassifiable film that turns into an intense thriller.”

Monthly now through February, the MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series will screen hard-to-find architecture-related films in the Hunt Library Auditorium at NC State University with one additional film in downtown Raleigh in November.*

The series line-up includes:

  • Small Houses Double Feature:“Lustron: The House America’s Been Waiting For” and “Little Boxes: The Legacy of Henry Doelger,” on Thursday, November 5.
  • *Downtown Special Event:“Modern Ruin,” the story of Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion at the World’s Fair, on Saturday, November 14, at Kings Barcade, 14 West Martin Street in downtown Raleigh.
  • Holiday Starchitecture Double Feature:“Xmas Meier” and “Gehry’s Vertigo” on Thursday December 3.
  • “Romanza: The Structures of California Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright,” on Thursday, January 7
  • Double Feature:“Archiculture” and an animated short feature “Me and My Moulton” on Thursday, February 4.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Mod Squad members get in free until capacity is reached. The first 100 NCSU students with a student ID get in free. NCSU Friends of the Library receive 10 percent off tickets with their Friends of the Library Card. The Hunt Library is located on Centennial Campus at 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh. Free parking is available adjacent to the library.

Series sponsor MoHo Realty specializes in modern and unique architect-designed homes in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Other series sponsors include VMZinc and Hill Country Wood Works.  For more information on the series, the films, and to view trailers, go to

North Carolina Modernist Houses Announces the 2016 Matsumoto Prize Jury

Nationally known architects to judge annual Modernist house competition.

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), the award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across the state, has announced the 2016 George Matsumoto Prize Jury.

The 2016 jury will include luminaries in their field including Ray Kappe, of Los Angeles, CA; Alison Brooks of London, England; Joshua Prince-Ramus of New York, NY; Harry Wolf of Los Angeles, CA; Charles McMurray of Miami, FL; and Nathan Crowley of Los Angeles, the architect-turned-production designer whose most recent work was seen in the sci-fi feature “Interstellar.”

Now in its fifth year, the Matsumoto Prize honors George Matsumoto, a founding faculty member of North Carolina State University’s School of Design (now College of Design) and architect of some of the state’s best-known and historically significant Modernist houses.  Matsumoto serves as the honorary chair.

The Matsumoto Prize is a unique awards program. It is the only juried architecture competition in North Carolina that focuses solely on Modernist houses, provides financial awards, involves a national jury of Modernist architects, offers the opportunity for public voting, and connects to a major architectural archive.  Residential architects and designers entering the competition can be from anywhere but their houses must be in North Carolina.

“The Prize powerfully engages the greater community to be involved with the architecture they love,” says NCMH Executive Director George Smart. “The competition publicly showcases a new generation of outstanding Modernist architects and houses, promoting new talent and providing motivating honors and incentives in our state.”

The call for submissions will be announced in 2016.  For more information on the 2016 Matsumoto Prize, visit  To see past winners, go to


PROFESSIONAL BUILDER: “Modernism Flourishes in North Carolina”

The Aiyyer residence by CUBE Design+Research won first place in the 2015 George Matsumoto Prize design competition for Modernist homes in North Carolina. A vertical zinc wall visually anchors the single-story home. Photo: Richard Leo Johnson

The Aiyyer residence by CUBE Design+Research won first place in the 2015 George Matsumoto Prize design competition for Modernist homes in North Carolina. A vertical zinc wall visually anchors the single-story home. Photo: Richard Leo Johnson

By Susan Bady

North Carolina, I recently learned, has the third largest concentration of Modernist houses in the United States. A design competition, the George Matsumoto Prize, was created in 2012 especially for these homes. George Matsumoto, FAIA, is one of the founding faculty members of North Carolina State University’s School of Design and has designed some of the state’s most well-known and well-loved Modernist houses. Take a look at the winners of the 2015 competition and you’ll see a wide range of interpretations of this fascinating style.   READ MORE…