NCMH Secures All-Star Jury for 2017 Matsumoto Prize


(image attached: Paul Goldberger)

A unique awards program honoring Modernist residential design,
sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses.


November 2, 2016 (Durham, NC) -- North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) announces the blue-ribbon jury for the 2017   George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist residential architecture.

Among the seven jurors, representing internationally known architects, critics, and designers, is Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic  Paul Goldberger. From 1997 through 2011, Goldberger was The New Yorker’s architecture critic. Today he is Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, for whom he weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Cherry-Gordon house in Raleigh’s historic Oakwood neighborhood. In the article  “Is This House Too Modern To Exist?” he praised the Cherry-Gordon house and called NCMH “a wonderful preservation organization.”

The 2017 jury will also include:

  • Carl Abbott, FAIA, of Carl Abbott Architect, Sarasota FL
  • Curt Fentress, FAIA, RIBA, of Fentress Architects, Denver CO
  • Robert Miller, FAIA, of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Seattle WA
  • Ron Radziner, FAIA, of Marmol Radziner, Los Angeles CA
  • Susan Saarinen, ASLA, of Saarinen Landscape Architecture, Golden CO
  • Harry Wolf, FAIA, of Wolf Architecture, Los Angeles CA

Founded by NCMH in 2012, the George Matsumoto Prize is named to honor the architect who designed many exemplary mid-century Modernist houses in North Carolina, and who serves as honorary jury chair each year. The Matsumoto Prize is a unique design competition featuring $6000 in cash awards and online public voting. It is the only design awards program in the state exclusively honoring Modernist residential architecture. Submissions will open in May 2017.  

For more information, including submission guidelines, keep checking To see the 2017 jury and winning submissions, visit

About North Carolina Modernist Houses:

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning 501C3 nonprofit organization, established in 2007, dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across the state. In 2016, the American Institute of Architects awarded NCMH founder George Smart the  Institute Award for Collaborative and Professional Achievement. The website is the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month plus frequent home tours, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. NCMH programs raise awareness and help preserve these "livable works of art" for future generations. For more information: Find NCMH on  Facebook. Follow NCMH on  Twitter and  Instagram.



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