Assistant Professor of Architecture David Hill (BEDA 1996 / B.Arch. 1997) is taking another look at the demonstration homes of acclaimed architect George Matsumoto. Matsumoto, retired and living in Oakland, CA, was a professor at the College from 1949-1961. During that time he was commissioned by several manufacturers—such as the Douglas Fir Plywood Association—to create demonstration homes using their products, and by popular magazines to inspire their readers. “It’s historical research, but a lot of what I’m finding could be applied to home design today,” Hill said.
Hill’s research is made possible by an award from the Vernon F. Shogren Endowment, established with the NC State Foundation to promote unique study and scholarship by students, faculty and others associated with the College of Design.