Recognizing Excellence in North Carolina Modernist Residential Design

The George Matsumoto Prize Jury

Deborah Berke FAIA

Deborah Berke Partners

Phil Freelon FAIA

Susan Saarinen
Saarinen Landscape Architecture

Harry Wolf FAIA
Wolf Architecture

Alexandra Lange

Curbed Architecture Design Critic

Edward Lalonde
Olson Kundig

Joel Turkel
Turkel Design

2018 George Matsumoto Prize Rules, Terms, and Conditions

1. The 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, 2013. 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 either Jury or People's Choice awards may be resubmitted.

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 jointly.

3. Jury Awards: $2,000 first place, $1,000 second place, $500 third place, plus a 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 Jury Prize awarded per firm/designer/architect.

4. There are 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. 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.

7. 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; that images and video become part of NCMH's website and social media.

2018 Matsumoto Prize Submission Requirements

a. Submit a non-refundable entry fee of $179 per house via PayPal to george@ncmodernist.org or mail payment to NCMH, 5409 Pelham Road, Durham NC, 27713.

b.  Via email to leslieakingery@gmail.com and george@ncmodernist.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 1/1/2013.

c.  Via a free transfer service for large files such as www.wetransfer.com, sent to leslieakingery@gmail.com, submit up to 15 images/photos in 72dpi (optimal website resolution) in JPG format only. Do not submit PDF or any other format. 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 submission. We recommend using images that are between 1500 and 2500 pixels wide. They resize most easily for all formats including mobile devices. 

d.  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 the video; keep it simple. Filming with a cell phone or tablet will be fine. People want to hear your design journey with the house and the client.  Upload the video to your firm's Vimeo or YouTube page then email the video link to leslieakingery@gmail.com.

Deadline: Submissions closed. 
The 2018 George Matsumoto Prize Awards will be on July 26, 6pm, at McConnell Studios in Raleigh NC.