The Matsumoto Prize is the only juried architecture competition in North Carolina that focuses exclusively on Modernist houses, provides financial awards, involves a national jury plus public voting, and connects to a major architectural archive. The Prize meaningfully and powerfully engages the public with the architecture they love and showcases exceptional Modernist architects and designers in North Carolina.
Recognizing Excellence in North Carolina Modernist Residential Design
Supported in 2017 by The
McAdams Foundation and Anonymous
The George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist residential architecture is a unique design competition featuring $6,000 in awards, a blue-ribbon jury of internationally-known architects, critics, and designers, and online public voting.
NCMH created the Matsumoto Prize in 2012 honor of
George Matsumoto, one of the founding faculty members of North Carolina State University's College of Design. Matsumoto created some of North Carolina's most well-known and well-loved Modernist houses.
The Matsumoto Prize encourages designers, architects, owners, and builders to continue the Modernist movement in houses so important to North Carolina's artistic leadership. Most people don't realize, or even suspect, that North Carolina has the third largest concentration of Modernist houses in America. Yet, thanks to
Henry Kamphoefner and the establishment of the NCSU School of Design in 1948, we do. There are 1,300 statewide with about 800 in the Triangle area alone.
The 2017 Matsumoto Prize Jury
Carl Abbott FAIA
Carl Abbott Architect
Paul Goldberger HAIA
Susan Saarinen ASLA, Saarinen Landscape Architecture
Ron Radziner FAIA
Harry Wolf FAIA
Robert Miller FAIA
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Curt Fentress FAIA RIBA, Fentress Architects
2017 Matsumoto Prize Rules, Terms,
and Conditions1. The Matsumoto
Prize 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 sf with a CO on or after January 1, 2012. The
house must be in North Carolina; the designer/architect can be from
anywhere. Renovations, additions, multi-family, or any house that
won a past Matsumoto Prize Jury or People's Choice award are
ineligible. Past submissions that did not win an award may be
2. There are no educational or licensure requirements for
submission. Your design stands for itself. You may submit more than
one house but you cannot win more than one prize per category. If
you have a disagreement with another person or firm concerning
credit for a house design, get it worked out or consider submitting
3. Jury Awards: $3,000 first place, $2,000 second place, $1,000
third place, plus a very nice trophy for each. The Jury, named
above, will choose one house per cash Prize honor. There will be no
ties. None of the Jury or their firms or employees are allowed to
submit for the Prize. There will only be one Prize awarded per
4. There will be three People's Choice awards, selected by the
public through online voting, limited to one vote per e-mail
address. Addresses that are or appear to be machine-generated or
fraudulent will not be counted. However, if people want to vote more
than once, say from a home email and a work email, that's fine.
NCMH's decisions on vote eligibility are final. Vote counts will not
be released; only the recipients of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
5. Contacting any of the named Jury is strictly prohibited; however,
submitters are actively encouraged to publicize their participation
in the Matsumoto Prize through email and social media, including
asking friends, family, clients, prospects, and the public to vote.
6. By submitting, images and video become part of NCMH's website,
Facebook page, and other social media.
7. NCMH reserves the exclusive right to accept, edit, or reject any
information, image, video, or other submission component for
accuracy, appropriateness, style, size, or length; or for compliance
with these rules, terms and conditions. If a submission is rejected,
payment will be refunded. Houses may not be submitted anonymously
and/or without an address and owner.
8. By paying the entry fee, you agree to all the terms and
conditions on this page; you have secured rights to use any
submitted images, video, or audio; and you have secured permission
from the homeowners to submit their house.
2017 Matsumoto Prize Submission Requirements
Submissions open 8am EST May 1. Please do not submit before
that time. Submissions are due no later than 5pm EST May 31.
a. Submit a non-refundable entry fee of $179 per house via PayPal to
email@example.com to NCMH, 5409 Pelham Road, Durham NC, 27713.
b. Via email to
firstname.lastname@example.org, submit the working name of the house,
homeowner name and project address, architect/designer contact info,
builder contact info; a headshot JPG of the architect/designer, and a PDF of the Certificate of Occupancy verifying
house completion on or after 1/1/2012.
c. Via a free transfer service for large files such as
www.wetransfer.com, send to
submit up to 15 images/photos in 300dpi or higher in JPG format
only. Do not submit PDF or any other format. These images must
include at least one site plan, one elevation, one floor plan, three
interior photos, and three exterior photos. Images may include text,
but be sure the text can be read easily on a tablet/Ipad; members of
the Jury and the public will likely use these devices to view your
d (optional but highly encouraged) Submit a two-minute or
less video about the house, the client, their needs, the process to
meet those needs, you, your firm, or any combination of these
elements. Submit in MP4 format. Please don't overproduce this part;
keep it simple. Filming with your cell phone or tablet will be fine.
People want to hear your story of the design journey with the house
and the client! Submit via wetransfer.com to
Deadline: Submissions are due no later than 5pm EST May 31.
For submission assistance, email Competition Manager Leslie Kingery
Winners of both the Jury and
People's Choice categories will be notified no later than July 8.
The Awards will be in Raleigh at McConnell Studios on Thursday, July 27,
6-8pm during our Thirst4Architecture event.