NCModernist2020

Recognizing Excellence in North Carolina Modernist Residential Design

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The George Matsumoto Prize is North Carolina's highest honor exclusively for Modernist residential architecture. NCModernist 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 young architects, designers, and prospective clients to continue the Modernist movement in houses so important to North Carolina's design heritage. 

Past jurors include Harry Wolf, Paul Goldberger, Jane Frederick, Tom Phifer, Edward Lalonde, Kristen Ring Murray, Michelle Addington, Deborah Berke, Alexandra Lange, Carl Abbott, Ron Radziner, Tom Kundig, Frank Harmon, Robert Miller, Jeanne Gang, Eric Gartner, Joshua Prince-Ramus, Alison Brooks, Nathan Crowley, Marlon Blackwell, Larry Scarpa, David Jameson, Harry Bates, Helena Arahuete, Maryann Thompson, Brion Jeannette, Peter Gluck, Bev Thorne, and Ray Kappe.
The Prize meaningfully and powerfully engages the public with the architecture they love and showcases exceptional Modernist architects and designers in North Carolina.

The 2020 George Matsumoto Prize Jury

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Toshiko Mori FAIA
Toshiko Mori Architects

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Barbara Bestor FAIA
Bestor Architecture



Stella Betts
BettsLeven


Annabelle Selldorf FAIA
Selldorf Architects

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Hugh Kaptur FAIA
Palm Springs CA


Alan Hess
Modernist Architectural Historian


Harry Wolf FAIA
Wolf Architecture

2020 George Matsumoto Prize Rules, Terms, and Conditions

Submissions due May 1, 2020

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, 2015. 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 may submit. 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. NCModernist'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. NCModernist 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 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; you have secured permission from the homeowners to submit their house; and you agree that images and video may appear at NCModernist's website and social media.

2020 Matsumoto Prize Submission Requirements

You may submit now through May 1, 2020.


a. Submit a non-refundable entry fee of $179 per house via PayPal to george@ncmodernist.org or mail payment to NCModernist, 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 1/1/2015.

c.  Via www.wetransfer.com, send to leslieakingery@gmail.com, up to 15 images/photos, in JPG format only, 1500-2000 pixels wide.  Please do not use Dropbox or any other service.  Do not submit PDF or any other format. Images must include:

1. at least one site plan, with a north arrow
2. photo elevations from all sides if possible (not renderings)
3. a floor plan
4. at least five interior photos
5. at least five 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. Please check that your images are clear on a mobile device.  To check, upload to your website and then view from your phone. Images that are between 1500 and 2000 pixels wide 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. Simple is better; 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 due by 5pm EST May 1, 2020. 
The George Matsumoto Prize Awards will be held in July 2020 at McConnell Studios, 324 Dupont Circle, in Raleigh NC.