The prize is named after George Matsumoto, one of the founding professors at the school, where he served from 1948 to 1961. According to Triangle Modernist Houses, the non-profit organization hosting the awards program: “the Triangle area of North Carolina has the third largest concentration of Modernist houses in America, more than anywhere else except Los Angeles and Chicago.”
The competition features $6,000 in cash awards. Three winners are chosen by a blue-ribbon jury of architects; three winners are also chosen by a popular “People’s Choice” vote.
This year’s Matsumoto juried winners were:
- 1st place: John Reese, Banbury House, Raleigh, N.C.
- 2nd place: Mike Rantilla, 1804 Pictou Road, Raleigh, N.C.
- 3rd place: Vinny Petrarca, the GREENville House, Greenville, N.C.
People’s Choice prizes went to:
- 1st place: Adam Sebastian, The Hole One House, Clemmons, N.C.
- 2nd place: Scott Ogden, The Althea Way House, Wilmington, N.C.
- 3rd place: Will Alphin, The Taylor House, Raleigh, N.C.