Recognizing Excellence in North Carolina Modernist Residential Design

2021 Jury Award Winners

NCModernist NCModernist

1st place - Casa Negra/Maria Rusafova and Jakub Markulis, 2nd place - Caffey Guest House/STITCH, 3rd place - Piedmont/Katherine Hogan Architects

2021 People’s Choice Award Winners


1st place - Mobius/Kersting Architects, 2nd place - Tower Mtn/David Gauld, 3rd place - Baboolal/Arielle Schechter

All the 2021 Entries

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.

The 2021 George Matsumoto Prize Jury

Takashi Yanai FAIAMartin Voelkle
Takashi Yanai FAIA, Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney
Cathleen McGuigan, Editor, Architectural Record
Hilary Lewis, Chief Curator, Philip Johnson Glass House
Martin Voelkel, BIG

Marica McKeel – MediumUSModernist
Marica McKeel, Studio MM
Jim Jennings, FAIA
Michela O'Connor-Abrams, CEO Moca+, former CEO DWELL
Barry Bergdoll, Columbia University

Past jurors include Toshiko Mori, Alan Hess, Stella Betts, Harry Wolf, Paul Goldberger, Annabelle Selldorf, 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.