Phil Freelon, FAIA
Known for imaginative design and thoughtful collaboration, Phil Freelon practices architecture that engages the community and advances the social fabric. He leads the Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup team of architects working with The Smithsonian Institution on the design of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Founder of The Freelon Group, Phil’s design achievements include cultural, civic and academic buildings produced for some of America’s most respected institutions. He is the design architect for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, the Harvey B. Gantt Center in Charlotte, Emancipation Park in Houston, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore.
In 2014, Phil and his firm joined global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will. Phil is Managing Director and Design Director of the Perkins+Will North Carolina Practice in Research Triangle Park (RTP) and Charlotte, and a leader in the firm’s internationally-acclaimed Civic + Cultural Practice.
Phil is a recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, a presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and a faculty member at MIT’s School of Architecture + Planning. He is a recipient of the AIA North Carolina’s Gold Medal, the association’s highest individual honor.
A native of Philadelphia, PA, Phil earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree in Architecture from North Carolina State University and his Master of Architecture degree from MIT. Phil also received a Loeb Fellowship and spent a year of independent study at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at North Carolina State University’s College of Design and has lectured at Harvard, MIT, the University of Maryland, Syracuse University, Auburn University, the University of Utah, the University of California – Berkeley, Kent State University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, among others.