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Firm Description. Log in or Register to enter information about this firm. Projects. National Museum of African American History and Culture. Washington, DC. From translating historic iron latticework into a digitally-produced façade to ensuring LEED certification, Phil Freelon played a pivotal, and. Architect / United States / The Freelon Group, Architects. Philip G. Freelon founded The Freelon Group in Over the past 21 years, the .

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Inhe was the recipient of a Loeb Fellowship and spent a year of independent study at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Earlier this year, the AIA archotect new guidelines for equity, diversity, and inclusion, and many of its suggestions mirror the strategy Freelon has taken for years: Join the advance sign up list and receive a free custom designed display stand for the book.

This October, they finally completed it. He’s also responsible for the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco and Emancipation Park in Houston, rreelon was built on land purchased in by four formerly-enslaved men. This policy has directly led to getting more underrepresented individuals into the profession. He quickly rose to the top of his class and eventually transferred to a more rigorous program at North Carolina State University.

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The wins kept coming. Features News Events Competitions. Architecture is an industry where egos run rampant and the visionary genius is often lionized, setail Freelon takes a more empathic and democratic approach. I had an Afro and was rfeelon enamored with Black culture and it was just a very influential period of my life. Freelon is riding a decade-long hot streak in his career. Take his recent renovation of Emancipation Parkan When architects communicate with and embody the population they serve, their buildings work better for people.

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Arturo Olmos for Fast Company] His father, a sales and marketing professional, and mother, a school teacher and administrator, architrct Freelon and his siblings to pursue what they were interested in creatively. We were one of them.

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Schools School Blogs Forum. Lifelong residents in the area shared their personal stories about their connection to the neighborhood and park. Either he or someone from the office will show them around and tell them about the work they do, why they pursued the career, and what it means to be an architect. Writer and fake architect, among other feints.

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The profession, in general, is missing out on a freeon deep pool of talent and the detal is missing out on great ideas and buildings that could be happening by virtue of that infusion of energy and creativity that we see in music or dance or almost any other profession.

On the similarities to today: Due to the many requests we received, it is going to be reprinted. It is a delightful project, cannot be more thrilled.

They were working on a plan to renovate, add to and build the Motown Museum so we went out and showed what we have done in other places and her vision Fashion Design Designers Commentators Books. Located in downtown Durham, the stadium is part of an adaptive reuse project that turned a former tobacco factory into a mixed-use development. Architect and NMAAHC project acrhitect Zena Howard—who was essentially the ringmaster coordinating the dozens of design, engineering, and construction detwil involved with the museum, agrees.

His is the only private office in the building, an unfussy room strewn with papers, books, and magazines. Freelon and his brother used to build toy models their father bought for them on business trips.

In earlyFreelon was diagnosed with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease, and the diagnosis has thrown his impact on the profession—and the designers around him—into sharper relief. The generous site and accompanying natural features allowed for the creation of the library within a park like setting. Due to segregation laws in the city, it was the only public park accessible to African Americans for decades.


It [was] so compelling and powerful. Phil is just a good person.

He takes his role as a mentor—to his staff, to his students, and to aspiring architects—very seriously, as it directly relates to the diversity pipeline problem. The airy, energy-efficient building is wrapped around a central courtyard, which offers people who use the building a calm archltect to use while they wait for their appointments, and helps keep daylight enter the sprawling ,square-foot structure.

Phil built an freeoln. Elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects inFreelon was also chosen by the AIA to receive the Thomas Jefferson Award, given to a private-sector architect who has a record of accomplishment in the design of architecturally distinguished public facilities. The acre project includes refurbished landscapes and playgrounds, renovation of the two historic building and the addition of a new building and plaza. He has a few antiques from his travels to Africa and South America perched on a long, low shelf and access passes to the Grammys propped up on a windowsill from when he was a guest of his wife, the jazz singer Nnenna Freelonwho is a six-time fteelon of the arvhitect.

Freelon recounts a story about one of his earliest memories with his grandfather, Allan Freelon Sr. Currently, Freelon is working on the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, a 70, square foot cultural and education venue—the only state-sponsored civil rights museum in the country.