NEWS & OBSERVER: “Dwell Home showed how to do modern modular”

The Dwell Home goes up for auction in Chatham County on Tuesday. AuctionFirst Inc.

The Dwell Home goes up for auction in Chatham County on Tuesday. AuctionFirst Inc.


THIRST4ARCHITECTURE at In Situ Studio May 21


Architects Erin Sterling Lewis and Matt Griffith of in situ studio in Raleigh will host May’s Thirst4Architecture (T4A) happy hour with North Carolina Modernist Houses on Thursday, May 21, 6-8 p.m., at 704 North Person Street.

Free and open to the public, Thirst4Architecture events are sponsored by Emilie Huin/501 Realty.

According to NCMH Executive Director George Smart, T4A brings 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 fun environment.

The May 21 event will mark the fourth time in situ has hosted T4A. When Erin Sterling Lewis was asked why she and Griffith continue to host, she said, “Because George knows how to help us throw a party that celebrates modern architecture and the people who love and support it!

Sterling Lewis and Griffith founded in situ studio in 2010. Since then they’ve won nine design awards among other accolades. In 2012 their four-person team was included in Residential Architect magazine’s “15 Young Firms To Watch.” 

For more information on in situ studio, visit

For more information on NCMH and Thirst4Architecture events, go to and click on “T4A Happy Hrs” under Events.


NEWS & OBSERVER: “Small and Customized”

By Jody Brown

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Sat Dec 6 N&O Knock Knock

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…


NCMH Announces The 2013 George Matsumoto Prize For Modernist Houses

George Matsumoto, FAIA

George Matsumoto, FAIA

 This unique architecture competition celebrates Modernist residential design throughout North Carolina.

May 20, 2013 (Durham, NC) George Smart, Executive Director of North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), has announced the 2013 George Matsumoto Prize to recognize excellence in recent single-family Modernist residential design in North Carolina. Submissions are being accepted starting today.

Now in its second year, the Prize is named for George Matsumoto, FAIA, a founding member of the NC State University School of Design faculty who is well known for the mid-century Modernist houses he designed in North Carolina.

The Matsumoto Prize is a unique design awards program. Unlike other programs, the Prize offers monetary rewards ($6000 total), online public voting along with a blue-ribbon professional jury, and this program focuses on the houses submitted rather than those who designed them: The houses, built since January 1, 2007, must be in North Carolina but the designers can be from anywhere and they do not have to be licensed architects or members of the American Institute of Architects.  (In North Carolina, you do not have to be a licensed architect to design a private residence.)

The Matsumoto Prize is also transparent. All information submitted, including the designer’s name, will be published online and available to the jurors and the public. The public vote counts for one-sixth of the jury decision for the final award winners. The houses with the highest number of public votes will also receive special “People’s Choice” recognition.  Public voting will begin on in early July and end July 20th.

Again this year, George Matsumoto will serve as the jury’s Honorary Chair. Also returning to the jury are: Frank Harmon, FAIA, (Chair) of Frank Harmon Architect PA, Raleigh; Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, of Marlon Blackwell Architect, Fayetteville, Arkansas; Tom Kundig, FAIA, of Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle, Washington; and Larry Scarpa, FAIA, of Brooks + Scarpa Architects, Los Angeles, California.

North Carolina Modernist Houses is an award-winning, non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. According to George Smart, the objectives for the Matsumoto Prize are “to expand the public’s awareness about the great inventory of North Carolina Modernist houses, to showcase the skills of the North Carolina residential design community, and to inform the public that great design can be well within a homebuyer’s reach.”

“We hope these entries demonstrate to the public that Modernist design is affordable, efficient, sustainable, and most importantly, a house a family will love decades,” he added. “We also want potential homeowners to realize that, by using an architect or designer, they can have a great home for the same budget as an ordinary house.”

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