NCMH Secures All-Star Jury for 2017 Matsumoto Prize

A unique awards program honoring Modernist residential design, sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses.

Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger joins the 2017 jury.

Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger joins the 2017 jury.

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) announces the blue-ribbon jury for the 2017 George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist residential architecture.

Among the seven jurors, representing internationally known architects, critics, and designers, is Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger. From 1997 through 2011, Goldberger was The New Yorker’s architecture critic. Today he is Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, for whom he weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Cherry-Gordon house in Raleigh’s historic Oakwood neighborhood. In the article “Is This House Too Modern To Exist?” he praised the Cherry-Gordon house and called NCMH “a wonderful preservation organization.”

The 2017 jury will also include:

  • Carl Abbott, FAIA, of Carl Abbott Architect, Sarasota FL
  • Curt Fentress, FAIA, RIBA, of Fentress Architects, Denver CO
  • Robert Miller,FAIA, of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Seattle WA
  • Ron Radziner, FAIA, of Marmol Radziner, Los Angeles CA
  • Susan Saarinen, ASLA, of Saarinen Landscape Architecture, Golden CO
  • Harry Wolf, FAIA, of Wolf Architecture, Los Angeles CA

Founded by NCMH in 2012, the George Matsumoto Prize is named to honor the architect who designed many exemplary mid-century Modernist houses in North Carolina, and who serves as honorary jury chair each year. The Matsumoto Prize is a unique design competition featuring $6000 in cash awards and online public voting. It is the only design awards program in the state exclusively honoring Modernist residential architecture. Submissions will open in May 2017.

For more information, including submission guidelines, keep checking http://www.ncmodernist.org/matsumotoprize.htm. To see the 2017 jury and winning submissions, visit http://www.ncmodernist.org/prize2017.htm.

 

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Architect Frank Harmon Joins NCMH as Director of National Affairs

To coordinate with national architecture organizations, publications, and other non-profits.

Frank Harmon joins NCMH

Frank Harmon, FAIA
(photo by William Morgan)

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) announced today that renowned Raleigh architect Frank Harmon, FAIA, has joined the organization as Director of National Affairs.

Harmon has been an active advocate for NCMH’s mission to document, preserve, and promote Modernist residential design across the state since Executive Director George Smart founded the award-winning non-profit in 2007.

Over recent years, NCMH’s reach has expanded well outside North Carolina. The Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation in New York City designated NCMH’s online archive as the official index for Rudolph’s residential work. Smart has addressed the National Trust for Historic Preservation and given presentations during Modernism Week in Palm Springs, California. The entire NCMH archive has also become the largest open digital archive of 20-century Modernist residential design in the nation, including an extensive Masters Gallery.

So when Harmon officially retired in November 2015 after 50 years in professional practice, Smart approached him about joining NCMH in an official capacity.

“Frank is very well known and respected throughout the architectural community, including on the national stage,” Smart said. “As a sought-after speaker, lecturer, and design awards jury chairman nation-wide, his contacts and influences are invaluable.”

He explained Harmon’s responsibilities as Director of National Affairs: “Frank will coordinate with national architecture organizations, publications, and other non-profits to focus attention on North Carolina Modernism and to further develop documentation, preservation, and promotion for NCMH. And with Frank’s participation, NCMH will create some of the best infrastructure for Modernist house documentation and preservation in the country.”

NCMH is like an embassy for good design and I’m proud to be one of its ambassadors,” Harmon said.

For more information on NC Modernist Houses, visit www.ncmodernist.org.

Durham Furniture Designer Hosts December “Thirst4Architecture”

A year-round series of networking events for Modernist design fans

Furniture by Elijah Leed

Furniture by Elijah Leed

Durham-based furniture company Elijah Leed will host North Carolina Modernist Houses “Thirst4Architecture” (T4A) design networking event on Thursday, December 11, from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

 
Emilie Huin of 501 Realty, specializing in Modernist houses in the Triangle, is sponsoring the entire T4A series through December 2015.

Through its T4A events, North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) connects hundreds of Modernist design enthusiasts with each other. 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,” says NCMH board chair George Smart.

Founded in 2010, Elijah Leed is a small company that designs and builds furniture and other everyday objects that are “unassuming, love to be used, and are freshly designed from honest materials, ” the company’s website states. “In many ways, our materials are what define us. We are passionate about age-old manufacturing and transparency of where our materials have come from.”

Designer Elijah Leed grew up in the mountains of West Virginia, where he gets most of his lumber. He graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, with a degree in Studio Art. Today, he designs and builds his furniture and other objects from his studio in downtown Durham’s Golden Belt Arts District at 812 North Mangum Street (27701). For more information visit elijahleed.com.

For the dates and locations of future T4A events, go to www.ncmodernist.org/t4a.

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 www.wilkinsonsupplyco.com.

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 www.ncmodernist.org/t4a.

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 www.wilkinsonsupplyco.com.

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 http://www.ncmodernist.org/prize2014.htm 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 http://www.ncmodernist.org/prize2014.htm. To see last year’s submissions and winners: http://www.ncmodernist.org/prize2013.htm.

TRIG Modern To Host “Thirst4Architecture” in Downtown Raleigh

Inside the TRIG Modern showroom.

Inside the TRIG Modern showroom.

A networking event for Modernist design enthusiasts

TRIG Modern, Raleigh’s premiere Modern furniture showroom at 328 West Jones Street, will host North Carolina Modernist Houses’ (NCMH’s) April “Thirst4Architecture” networking happy hour on Thursday, April 17, 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 2014 Thirst4Architecture events.

Thirst4Architecture, NCMHNCMH connects hundreds of Modernist design enthusiasts through its T4A events, which are free and open to the public. 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.”

Owned and operated by Bob Drake, TRIG Modern is the only showroom and design service in downtown Raleigh specializing in modern furniture and lighting in tandem with an eclectic blend of compatible furnishings and accessories, including Mid-20th Century items and a throw pillow collection that Drake designed himself.

“TRIG is a very different kind of showroom,” Drake said. “We combine both new and vintage furniture, kitchen and bath solutions, lighting, and original art and objects.” For more information on TRIG Modern, visit http://trigmodern.com.

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 www.ncmodernist.org/t4a.

 

North Carolina Modernist Houses Receives National DOCOMOMO-US Award

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US architecture organization recognizes NCMH’s archives, events, and programs.

 

March 3, 2014 (Durham, NC) – DOCOMOMO-US, the American branch of an international organization dedicated to documenting and conserving Modernist architecture, recently announced that North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) has received an inaugural Modernism In America Award.

DOCOMOMO stands for the DOcumentation and COnservation of the MOdern MOvement. The Modernism In America jury awarded a Citation of Merit to NCMH founder George Smart for his organization’s contributions to documenting modern architecture at www.ncmodernist.org.

The jury also noted the vast amount of information included on the NCMH website in addition to the group’s ongoing events and programs aimed to promote and document Modernism in North Carolina and beyond.

The DOCOMOMO-US citation marks NCMH’s 11th historic preservation award.

“Mid-century Modernist houses are frequently marginalized by real estate agents. Even owners often don’t know much about what they are selling,” Smart said. “That translates directly into long vacancies and a higher probability of eventual demolition. Eleventh-hour interventions rarely work. Besides, developers are not the enemy. The time to act is the moment you hear a Modernist house is on the market. The earlier you get involved and the more history the community has, the better chance a Modernist house has of finding a new, caring owner.”

The Modernism In America Awards is the first national program of its kind to celebrate the projects and people working to sensitively preserve and rehabilitate significant mid-century modern buildings and to raise public awareness of the ongoing threats to modern architecture and design.

“The quality and variety of the nominated projects for the inaugural year speaks to the increasing interest in the cultural value mid-century architecture brings to the United States,” said Theo Prudon, FAIA, president of DOCOMOMO-US.  DOCOMOMO-US will present the awards in Houston, Texas, March 13-15 during its 2014 National Symposium.  For more information: www.DOCOMOMO-us.org.

For more information on North Carolina Modernist Houses visit www.ncmodernist.org.

About NC Modernist Houses:

 

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is now the world’s largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design.  NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. For more information: www.ncmodernist.org.

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