Philip Freelon Biography
Philip Freelon was an African American architect. He was best known for leading the design team (with J. Max Bond, Jr. of Davis Brody Bond, and David Adjaye) of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Some of his other projects include the Center for Civil & Human Rights, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture and the Museum of the African Diaspora. Freelon was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (and the recipient of their Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture), and a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional. In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Freelon to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Freelon was married to six-time Grammy-nominated jazz vocalistNnenna Freelon.
— Kelsey Keith (@kelseykeith) July 9, 2019
Philip Freelon Age
He was 66 years old.
Philip Freelon Wikipedia
Philip Freelon Education
Following graduation from North Carolina State University’s College of Design with a Bachelor of Environmental Design (Architecture) and top design honors, he went on to earn his Master of Architecture degree from MIT. Freelon has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Design, North Carolina State University and has been a visiting critic/lecturer at Harvard University, MIT, the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of Utah, the California College of the Arts, Kent State University (Florence Italy, program), Syracuse University, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, among others. In 1989, Freelon was the recipient of the Loeb Fellowship and spent a year of independent study at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Freelon is currently a visiting Lecturer at MIT in the School of Architecture and Planning.
The Freelon Group
Philip Freelon founded The Freelon Group in 1990. Since then, The Freelon Group has expanded to a sixty-member architectural firm located in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. The Freelon Group offers specialized design expertise in the areas of Museum/Cultural Center, Higher Education and Science/Technology facilities. The firm has received over twenty-five regional, state and local AIA design awards including AIA North Carolina’s Outstanding Firm Award in 2001. Between 2006 and 2007, Freelon’s designs were honored with seven AIA North Carolina design awards, an accomplishment never before achieved by one firm in a two-year period. In 2008, The Freelon Group was recognized by Contract Magazine as The Designer of the Year. In 2009, along with partners J. Max Bond, Jr. (of Davis Brody Bond) and David Adjaye (of Adjaye Associates), Freelon was selected by unanimous decision to design the SmithsonianNational Museum of African American History and Culture. The Museum has five floors above ground and four below. It houses a cafe, educational spaces, exhibition halls and galleries as well as a theater.
In March 2014, The Freelon Group announced a planned acquisition by global architectural design firm Perkins + Will. After the close of the transaction, Philip Freelon is expected to join Perkins + Will’s board of directors and become managing and design director of the firm’s North Carolina practice.
Philip Freelon Family, Wife, Children
Freelon was the grandson of impressionist Allan Randall Freelon. He was married to singer Nnenna Freelon, with whom he had three children: Deen, Maya, and Pierce.
Philip Freelon Death
Saddened to hear Phil Freelon has died at 66.
He was a visionary architect who worked on the African American History Museum in DC & the Museum of the African Diaspora in SF.
In 2017, Freelon talked to me about another visionary architect: Paul Williams.https://t.co/5BUdRMlRWE
— Avery Trufelman (@trufelman) July 9, 2019
In 2016, Freelon was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He died on July 9, 2019
Philip Freelon Cause of Death
Phil Freelon, one of the most acclaimed African-American architects of his generation and longtime Triangle resident, has died after a two year battle with ALS. He was 66.
Freelon, 66, had been diagnosed with ALS in March 2016, just prior to the debut of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, a signature project he helped design in partnership with Adjaye Associates, Davis Brody Bond, SmithGroupJJR, and Perkins + Will.
Acclaimed North Carolina architect Philip Freelon has died. He specialized in museums and cultural centers, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian. https://t.co/iIeMvQupkm
— WUNC (@wunc) July 9, 2019