Recognizing Excellence in North Carolina Modernist
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
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
Toshiko Mori FAIA
Toshiko Mori Architects
Barbara Bestor FAIA
Annabelle Selldorf FAIA
Hugh Kaptur FAIA
Palm Springs CA
Modernist Architectural Historian
Harry Wolf FAIA
2020 George Matsumoto Prize Rules, Terms,
Submission Deadline May 1, 2020
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
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 orconsider submitting
3. Jury Awards: $1,000 first place, $500
second place, $250
third place, plus a special trophy for each. The Jury, named
above, will choose one house per cash Prize honor. There will be no
ties. None of theJury or their firms or employees may
submit. There will only be one Jury Prize awarded per
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 $89 per house via PayPal to
firstname.lastname@example.org or mail payment to NCModernist, 5409 Pelham Road, Durham NC, 27713.
b. Via email to
and email@example.com, 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, anda PDF of the Certificate of Occupancy verifying
house completion on or after 1/1/2015.
www.wetransfer.com, send to
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
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
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.
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
Upload the video to your
firm's Vimeo or YouTube page then email the video link to
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.