AECCafe: “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.” READ MORE…

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NCMH Hosts Chapel Hill Tour of 1969 Cogswell House

Cogswell Rendering

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) has announced a special one-time-only public tour of the 1969 Arthur Cogswell House at 308 North Elliott Road in Chapel Hill (27514) on Saturday, August 16, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Arthur Cogswell, FAIA (1930-2010), left a legacy of mid-20th-century houses in North Carolina that are still valued today. This award-winning 1969 Modernist house is considered one of his most inspired residential designs. It was one of the first homes in the state to be built around a courtyard pool.

To preserve their family home, Cogswell’s daughters, Elizabeth and Amanda, have partnered with architect Phil Szostak, FAIA, of Szostak Design and Modernist real estate specialist Emilie Huin for a partial renovation. The new owner can then complete the renovation with confidence.

Elizabeth and Amanda will be on hand during the tour, along with Szostak and Huin, to answer questions. The house will be officially listed for sale in early August.

Cogswell’s career exemplified former NC State University School of Design Dean Henry Kamphoefner’s conviction that “the social responsibilities are as vital as the design.” Posthumously, in 2012, AIA North Carolina gave Cogswell the Kamphoefner Prize, which honors architects who have demonstrated a consistent integrity and devotion to Modern architecture over a 10-year period.

Advance discount tickets for the general public are $5.95 (available at http://www.ncmodernist.org/tour). Day-of tickets will be $10. NCMH Mod Squad members’ tickets are $1 in advance or $10 at the door.

For more details about the tour and directions to the house, go to http://www.ncmodernist.org/tour.

Stitch Design and Development To Host “Mayberry Modernism”

North Carolina Modernist Houses’ founder presents signature talk on North Carolina’s Modernist legacy on May 1.

The 1940 RJ Reynolds residence, destroyed in 1978.

The 1940 RJ Reynolds residence, destroyed in 1978.

Stitch Design and Development will host North Carolina Modernist Houses’ (NCMH) founder and director George Smart as he presents “Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina’s Modernist Legacy” on Thursday, May 1, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in The Garage in the Downtown Arts District at 110 West 7th Street, Winston-Salem. The event is free and open to the public.

NCMH is an award-winning, non-profit organization dedicated to archiving, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design throughout North Carolina. “Mayberry Modernism” showcases the state’s surprising collection of Modernist residences from the 1950s through today, many of which are in great shape while others are currently endangered or have been destroyed.

Through “Mayberry Modernism,” Smart discusses the history of Modernist houses in North Carolina by showing multiple photographs of these houses from both the past and present, including all the Modernist houses that have won design awards from the North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

“These houses are nothing less than livable sculpture,” said Smart. “And like all great sculpture, they produce strong feelings of inspiration, peace, relaxation, or connection to nature.  Unlike many building types, Modernist houses evoke our hopes and dreams and speak to our personal connection to the earth, either spiritually or simply through our choices of furniture, art, and design.”

Architect Ben Schwab of Stitch Design and Development expressed his reason for inviting Smart to present “Mayberry Modernism” in Winston-Salem:

“This is an incredibly interesting talk, even to those who have no idea what modernism is. I think attendees will be surprised at the prevalence of Modernist influences in the Triad and will leave with a better understanding of why it’s such an appealing approach to architecture.”

Anyone interested in attending the presentation should contact Schwab at ben.schwab@stitchdd.com.

Stitch is an architecture, interiors, development, and design-build firm. For more information visit http://stitchdd.com.

For more information on NCMH, visit www.ncmodernist.org.

 

Third NC High School Receives Free Computers From NCMH, “Project BauHow”

Sponsored by Smart Homes + Business in GreenvilleWashington HS_sm

 

(Washington, NC) — On Friday, January 24, at 11:30 a.m., students in a drafting class at Washington High School in Washington, NC, who did not have access to computers at home, received free desktop computers, loaded with Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, thanks to “Project BauHow,” a new educational initiative conceived of and sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and archiving Modernist design across the state

George Smart, founder and director of NCMH, delivered the computers to David Dixon, the drafting class teacher, and his students.

Project BauHow (Bauhaus + Know How) is designed to inspire and accelerate learning in 9th and 10th grade high school drafting classes by increasing students’ access to computers, expanding the ability of drafting teachers to give homework, and encouraging and rewarding the study and creation of Modernist residential architecture.

“North Carolina high school drafting teachers generally can’t give drafting homework because up to 60 percent of high school students in the state don’t have a computer at home or one powerful enough to handle CAD software,” says Smart, who created the project. “That means skills practice in drafting classes can only progress during class time, severely limiting student learning through meaningful homework assignments and additional skill-building.”

In return for the donation, Dixon and other drafting teachers agree to require their students to design Modernist houses then submit those designs to the Student category of NCMH’s annual George Matsumoto Prize, a competition recognizing excellence in Modernist residential design. The winner of the competition will receive a full scholarship to North Carolina State University’s Design Camp this summer.

The Washington donation, worth $5000 and sponsored by Smart Homes + Business of Greenville, marks the third time NCMH has donated computers to high school drafting classes. The first recipient, in September of 2013, was Rolesville High in Rolesville, NC. The second set of computers went to McMichael High in Mayodan, NC, in December.

For more details on Project BauHow, including photos and videos about the project, go to http://www.ncmodernist.org/bauhow.htm or contact George Smart: george@ncmodernist.org, 919-740-8407.

 

WASHINGTON DAILY NEWS: “Modernists in the making”

By Vail Stewart Rumley

PROJECT BAUHOW: David Dixon, Washington High School’s drafting instructor, describes what the new computers will mean as his drafting class students look on. Dixon applied for, and received, computers for his class through the non-profit North Carolina Modernist Houses’ Project BauHow.

PROJECT BAUHOW: David Dixon, Washington High School’s drafting instructor, describes what the new computers will mean as his drafting class students look on. Dixon applied for, and received, computers for his class through the non-profit North Carolina Modernist Houses’ Project BauHow.

One lucky class walked out of Washington High School Friday afternoon with new computers, courtesy of an organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and archiving Modernist architectural design in North Carolina.

The connection between WHS 9th- and 10th-grade students and the non-profit North Carolina Modernist Houses may not be immediately obvious. But it’s there, in Project BauHow, NCMH’s educational outreach effort to inspire students to study, and perhaps in the future, create, Modernist residential architecture — a style exemplified by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

For the third year, Raleigh-based NCMH has selected three schools for the project, each in a different part of the state.

According to George Smart, creator of Project Bauhow, NCMH targets schools based on need: underserved areas; a population that may not have Internet access; places where the design industry doesn’t have a strong presence. READ MORE…

BUSTLER: “2013 George Matsumoto Prize Recognizes Modernist Architecture in North Carolina”

The educational nonprofit archive North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH, formerly Triangle Modernist Houses) has published the 2013 winners of the George Matsumoto Prize which recognizes excellence in recent single-family Modernist residential design in North Carolina. The Matsumoto Prize includes two categories: the professional Jury’s Awards and the People’s Choice Awards, the latter of which are chosen by public voting online. The Jury Awards include three cash prizes totaling $6,000.

First Jury Prize & People’s Choice Third Prize: Rank Residence, near Pittsboro, NC by Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

First Jury Prize & People’s Choice Third Prize: Rank Residence, near Pittsboro, NC by Tonic Design + Tonic Construction. READ MORE…

24-7 Press Release: “Triangle Modernist Houses Announces The 2013 George Matsumoto Prize for Modernist Houses”

24-7PressRelease_logoThis unique awards competition celebrates Modernist residential design located throughout North Carolina by architects and designers in or out of the state.

RALEIGH, NC, May 23, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ — George Smart, Executive Director of Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), 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. READ MORE…

 

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