NCModernist2019

Recognizing Excellence in North Carolina Modernist Residential Design

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The George Matsumoto Prize honors George Matsumoto FAIA A founding faculty member of North Carolina State University's School of Design, Matsumoto designed many of the state’s most well-known and historically significant Modernist houses.  To continue that tradition, the yearly Matsumoto Prize competition recognizes excellence in new Modernist houses in North Carolina. 

Six prizes were awarded in two categoriesJury Awards, chosen by a jury of nationally celebrated architects and designers and People’s Choice Awards, compiled through online public voting.

Jury Awards:

First place - $2000 - Rusafova Markulis Architectsfor the Sapphire Cabin in Sapphire NC.

Second place - $1000 - Tina Govan Architect Inc with Jason Hart of ThoughtCraft Architects, for the Trott Residence in Durham NC.

Third place – $500 - Scott Huebner of Brickstack Architects, for the Black Mountain Residence in Black Mountain NC.

People's Choice Awards:

First Place - Rusafova Markulis Architects, for the Sapphire Cabin in Sapphire NC.

Second Place  Adam Sebastian of STITCH Design Shop, for the Wainscott Residence in Greensboro NC.

Third Place - Tina Govan Architect Inc with Jason Hart of ThoughtCraft Architects, for the Trott Residence in Durham NC.


The 2019 George Matsumoto Prize Jury


Jane Frederick FAIA
Frederick and Frederick
2020 AIA President


Tom Phifer FAIA
Thomas Phifer and Partners


Michelle Addington
Dean, University of Texas Austin School of Architecture


Kirsten Ring Murray FAIA
Olson/Kundig



Harry Wolf FAIA
Wolf Architecture

NCModernist
Kelly Lynch

Neutra/Lautner Homeowner