President's Gallery

2016 Commencement Honoree: Philip Freelon

Michael Barnes © Smithsonian Institution

Tower Building, 11th Floor
On View:
May 9 - June 30, 2016
Monday - Saturday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Known for imaginative design and thoughtful collaboration, Philip Freelon practices architecture that engages the community and enhances opportunities for interaction and learning. Founder of The Freelon Group, his design achievements include cultural, civic, and academic buildings produced for some of United States' most respected institutions. Recent projects include the National Museum of African American History and Culture; 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. Freelon 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 also a recipient of the AIA North Carolina's Gold Medal, the association's highest individual honor.

Photo: Michael Barnes © Smithsonian Institution