Mezirn Perhaps one day, one of the eager fifth graders he spoke to that cloudy February day will be among them. Freelon was born and raised in Philadelphia frfelon his family—which included artists and educators—fueled his creativity and his social perspective. Retail feel very fortunate that Phil is once again a member of the MIT community. She met him at a Chamber of Commerce meeting after she had been working for a few years and struck up a conversation about the type of work she was doing and what she hoped to achieve. Schools School Blogs Forum. His furniture design has been recognized nationally including first prize in the PPG Furniture Design Competition and design contract work with Herman Miller.

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Earlier this week, Freelon died of complications from the disease. He left behind a four-decade legacy of considered, attentive design for communities typically ignored—or worse, harmed—by processes forming the built environment. For the international design competition, Bond and Freelon added David Adjaye , who was then an up-and-coming architect, to the team, along with SmithGroup, which had a local presence in the Washington, D.

Just before the team won the design competition, Bond died, leaving the others to carry out the project. He leaves behind an indelible mark on the practice of architecture and his legacy transcends the brick and mortar of the buildings he designed. Phil was a pioneer, an advocate of diversity and inclusion, and his impact will only strengthen over time as we continue to see people of color rising in the field of architecture. More than anything, however, Phil was a dear friend and mentor.

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta is a curving brown-and-tan panel-clad structure its skin expressing diversity of skin color that resembles a Richard Serra bent-steel sculpture with a glass atrium inserted in the center. For that reason, he may have been proudest of service-oriented work for under-represented areas in Washington, D. National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, Courtesy Mark Herboth Photography Exposing underrepresented group to architecture was not only a matter of service to clients but extended to his larger dedication to diversity within the building field.

He often talked about how, despite his middle-class upbringing and college-educated parents, he had barely heard of or experienced architecture throughout his youth. Freelon devoted his office to building equity in his practice for clients and prospective young architects alike.


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March 26, - July 9, Philip G. He was He challenged architects to see what he saw — that every person should experience beautiful and inspiring architecture not only when visiting a famous building but also in their everyday lives. Freelon was equally known for challenging the status quo, working to bring greater equity and diversity to architecture and business. As a mentor, he encouraged young designers and other professionals to aim high and break through established barriers.


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The summation and scale of his achievements speaks clearly to the creative might and leadership African American designers possess. His work not only seeks to inspire but are milestones in African American and United States history. Phil Freelon is a paragon of what it means to lead in a profession and a testament to the power design plays in our world. Phil Freelon — is the founder of The Freelon Group, originally a small firm based in Durham North Carolina, recognized for their ability to fill otherwise mundane spaces with both beauty and pragmatism.


Phil Freelon: Architect for Social Equity

Samurisar Freelon and his brother used to build toy models their father bought for them on business trips. Emancipation Park, in Houston, features a community center, pool, and rec fields. The airy, energy-efficient building is wrapped around a central courtyard, which offers people who use the building a calm area to use while they wait for their appointments, and helps keep daylight enter the sprawling ,square-foot structure. In parallel with his prolific career designing buildings, Freelon has designed a network of architects and creative leaders who are actively following his lead—and they are thriving. At Evoke Studio, she plans to create the same supportive environment she experienced with Freelon.


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