These grants are named for Macon Smith FAIA. From 1996-1999 Smith was instrumental in the publication of an award-winning historical chronology of AIA North Carolina, History of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 1913-1988: An Architectural Heritage.
Smith served on countless AIA boards and committees and won both the 2001 Deitrick Medal and the 2006 F. Carter Williams Gold Medal, the highest honors presented by AIA North Carolina.
In early 2008, he spent many hours scouring his own records and driving around Raleigh with TMH Founder George Smart locating Modernist houses around Raleigh.
His family was the first to contribute to what is now the George Matsumoto Prize Endowment Fund.
See Smith's biography and residential projects here.
NCMH established the Macon Smith Research Grant Program in 2009 to support research into residential Modernist architecture and architects. Grants of up to $1,000 are available to private citizens, academics, or institutions.
To apply, send an email with a proposal of 150 words or less. A response is guaranteed within two weeks.
In July 2009, the first MSRG was awarded to David Hill, Assistant Professor of Architecture, NC State University College of Design, for travel to Oakland CA to interview architect George Matsumoto. In 2011, David Hill won a second MSRG. He and his students used it to create digital models of George Matsumoto's Douglas Fir Vacation house:
A 2011 MSRG also went to Tyler Merkel.
Tyler Merkel created infrastructure for his website, MidCentury Michigan and researched Alden Dow houses which were contributed to the NCMH archive on Dow.
A 2012 MSRG supported Randall Mayes for research into Charlotte's A. G. Odell and J. N. Pease. Mayes is a policy analyst specializing economic development, nanotechnology, genomics, and synthetic biology; and author of The Cybernetics of Kenyan Running and Revolutions: Paving the Way for the Bioeconomy. Mayes has a Master’s degree from the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University.
A 2013 MSRG supported Jill Ridky Blackburn, M. Ed, PhD in the hiring of interns to write a book on the history of Modernist-laden Coker Hills neighborhood in Chapel Hill. Jill is a resident and has served as the President of the Coker Hills Neighborhood Association.
A 2013 MSRG supported
Dave Cuzner of Oakland CA. Cuzner will develop a website to promote and preserve California modernism in
the Northern California/Bay Area. The site will showcase Modernist
design through articles, profiles, and interviews with established
masters of their craft as well as local academics. It will
also include a list of local and national resources, recommended
books, and modern home listings in the area. The format, at
least initially, will use North Carolina Modernist Houses as a