Chappell Presents NCModernist’s Matsumoto Prize

Chappell is thrilled to present the winners of the 2022 NCModernist George Matsumoto Prize. As a sponsor of the annual award, this collaboration further reinforces the firm’s commitment to connecting clients with current Triangle offerings while championing modern residential representation in new construction and custom-builds. Chappell presents the Matsumoto Prize in recognition of the firm’s ongoing commitment to our modernist network and the influence the cutting-edge design style still plays in today’s market. Chappell owner, Johnny Chappell, attended the event to award this year’s recipients first-hand. 

2022 Jury Winners

  • First Place – The Domeck Residence in Chapel Hill, NC – ThoughtCraft Architects
  • Second Place – Hillside House in Asheville, NC by Pavelchak Architecture
  • Third Place – Hillside House in Carrboro, NC by pod architecture + design.

2022 Public Voting Winners

  • First Place – Hancock House in Winston-Salem, NC by Stitch Design Shop
  • Second Place – Clear Blue in Wrightsville Beach, NC by Kersting Architecture
  • Third Place – Garden on Eden in Chapel Hill, NC by Keith Shaw Design


Check out our full video recap of the 2022 Matsumoto Prize Awards.


2022 Matsumoto Reception

The awards took place July 28 at Leland Little Auctions in Hillsborough, NC, and welcomed over 160+ attendees from across the Tarheel state. All six of the honorees were selected from 13 modernist entries from across the state.

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NC Modernist’s 2022 Matsumoto Prize Presentation at Leland Little Auctions in Hillsborough, NC

“There are so many competitions that architects can enter now, on the local, state, national, and worldwide levels – and architects have to choose,” stated George Smart, Executive Director at NCMH in an official release following the Matsumoto prize presentation. He continued, “We’re the hometown favorite, and we’re now in our 11th year.”

Today, the Matsumoto Prize encourages young architects, designers, and prospective clients to encourage Modernist representation in residential offerings and to continue the style’s legacy so vital to NC’s design heritage. Ultimately, the award engages the public with the architecture they love and showcases exceptional architects, designers and creatives bringing these builds to life across the state. To see award-winning entries from previous years, explore the comprehensive NC Modernist archive here.

This Year’s Matsumoto Winners

While attending the award reception, Chappell had the opportunity to speak with this year’s Matsumoto recipients about their reactions to the prize presentation.

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Johnny Chappell Alongside Jason Hart and Other Members of the ThoughtCraft Architects Firm.

“This is an amazing award to win. It’s a wonderful jury of very well-known architects,” stated Jason Hart, co-founder of ThoughtCraft Architects on taking home first place for The Domeck Residence. He continued: “Architecture is a long process, and it’s always exciting to see it come together. And it’s even more exciting when it’s really a work of art. At the end of the day, we’re just really delighted and excited and thrilled to win this.”

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Johnny Chappell Alongside Matsumoto Recipients, Stitch Design Shop

Hart’s sentiments were echoed by fellow first-place winner, Adam Sebastian, Partner and Design Director of Stitch Design Shop. He remarked: “It’s cool to be acknowledged by your peers, but I think it’s kind of cooler to be acknowledged by the general public ’cause those are your clients, and for us, this is our sixth Matsumoto! But all the compliments go to George. He has been a cheerleader, not just for us in Winston, but for all the architects around North Carolina that are truly pursuing modern residential. You can’t deny his passion for what he’s done, really, to put North Carolina on the map as far as its modern homes.

To see the interview in full – check out the video above.

Matsumoto’s Modern Legacy

The George Matsumoto Prize is North Carolina’s highest honor exclusively for Modernist residential architecture. The prize is awarded by a jury of internationally-known architects and experts, as well as through online public voting. The Matsumoto Prize, established in 2012 in recognition of one of the founding faculty members of North Carolina State University’s College of Design, is awarded to an exceptional example of NC modernist design.  Matsumoto created some of NC’s most iconic examples of modernist design, and his namesake design celebrates that legacy.  By awarding residential interpretations of modernism, NCModernist and now Chappell, invest in the future of modernism within the rich tapestry of North Carolina’s design heritage.

NCModernist’s mission strives to create an accessible modernist community in NC; a goal Chappell is already tirelessly pursuing throughout the Triangle.

Exterior of West + Lenoir
Award-Winning Modern Development, West + Lenoir, Represented by Chappell

Chappell Knows Modern

Since its founding, Chappell has paired modern buyers and sellers with some of the Triangle market’s most influential modern offerings. Notably, two of the firm’s previous modern developments, Clark Townhomes in the Village District and West + Lenior in Downtown Raleigh, were awarded by the City of Raleigh and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance respectively, for their community appearance and architectural impact.

Tower Raleigh, Chappell’s Matsumoto Award Winning Home Collection Currently Underway in the Village District.

Thanks to the firm’s continued representation of modernist listings in the Triangle’s residential market, Chappell has established itself as a leading resource for all things modern architecture in Greater Raleigh, Durham, and the RTP. In 2022, the firm will represent multiple modern offerings, including Tower Raleigh, passive-energy homes in the Village District, and Row 12, luxury homes on the Eastern gateway of Downtown Raleigh. Notably, Tower Raleigh was previously recognized with the esteemed Matsumoto Prize. As Chappell presents the Matsumoto Prize, our firm continues to take huge steps in the accessibility of Modernism in the residential space.

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About NCModernist

The goal of NCModernist is to raise awareness about Modernist preservation and maintain the legacy of exceptional design for future generations. The firm has been recognized with 16 awards for local, state, and national leadership in historic preservation, ensuring continued access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. What started as Triangle Modernist Houses in 2007 transitioned to a nonprofit 501C3 in 2009. By 2013, the project expanded statewide to become NCModernist®. Today our national site USModernist® hosts national and international tours; the largest open digital archive of well-known mid-century Modernist houses and architects in America; an architecture magazine library; and the USModernist Radio podcast.