“African American Architects at the Forefront”
A panel to include renowned architect Phil Freelon, widely considered one of the country’s most talented architects and the designer of the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta in June 2014 and co-designer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture slated to open on the Smithsonian Mall in Washington, DC on September 24, 2016. He will be joined by a local architect and architectural historian for a discussion that frames their achievements, challenges and contributions as African American architects within the historical context of American architecture and architectural history. The presenters will highlight select design projects, discuss their inspiration, creative process, opportunities and challenges.
A President Obama appointee to the National Commission of Fine Arts, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and a recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, the proud Philly native who now calls Durham, North Carolina home, Freelon is the Managing Director and Design Director with global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will. Along with being the co-designer of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC., Freelon’s portfolio also includes the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, Emancipation Park in Houston, multiple library projects for the Washington D.C. Public Library System and the Durham County Human Services Complex in North Carolina.