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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Heading the design team, the NMAAHC is just one of the many major projects that the Philadelphia-born, North Carolina-based architect has worked on, a substantial number of which likewise celebrate African American culture. He’s also responsible for the Museum of the African Detajl in San Francisco and Emancipation Park in Houston, which was built on land purchased in by four formerly-enslaved men.

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.

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We feel that the architectural element should be more than a container, a wrap around. Archinect spoke with Freelon for Archinect Sessionsour weekly podcast. Here are some highlights of our conversation:. On his choice to work primarily on civic projects: On growing up in the 60s in Philly: I freelo coming into age right at that time.


It [was] so compelling and powerful.

Phil Freelon on Engaging with Black History Through Architecture

I had an Afro and was really enamored with Black culture and it was just a very influential period of my life. On the flip-side, they were busting hits in Philadelphia, and Frank Rizzo was the police chief, freelin riots, the assassinations at that period—all that converged to make this really intense coming of age for me and my siblings.

On the similarities to today: We put a lot of effort into listening, listening aggressively, understanding what it is at the root of those institutions. Our immigration was forced but what you do when you get here—the struggles, the triumphs That is reflected in the exhibit.

That is a common theme in our work, particularly the cultural work. The architecture should help to tell the story.

On the Motown Museum: The inspiration for the design of the Anacostia Library comes from the scale of the adjacent residential context. The scale and massing of the residential blocks are reflected in the library design as pavilions or solid volumes.

The generous site and accompanying natural features allowed for the creation of the library within a park like setting.

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The acre project includes refurbished landscapes and playgrounds, renovation of the two historic building and the addition of a new building and plaza. We were one of them. Gordy moved Motown to Los Angeles, Esther kept up the house and became the keeper of the flame and the gowns and the artifacts and so it became a sort of Mom and Pop museum based right there in the Hitsville house.


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 It is a delightful project, cannot be more thrilled.

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