Seven projects by architect Philip Freelon that champion diversity and inclusion - architecture and design

Seven projects by architect Philip Freelon that champion diversity and inclusion



African American architect Philip Freelon passed away yesterday following a career dedicated to projects that celebrate black culture in the US. We've rounded up seven highlights.

Photograph by Darren Bradley
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC
Completed in September 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture was designed as a collaborative project by Freelon's firm The Freelon Group, Adjaye Associates, Davis Brody Bond and SmithGroup.
Clad in perforated bronze, the building comprises three tiers that angle outwards towards the top. A feature of the museum is a circular waterfall in a dark room with a skylight above, intended as a symbolic gesture and as a space for reflection. More than half of the museum is located below-grade, where visitors are meant to begin their tour. The levels dedicated to exhibits and artefacts covering slavery and freedom are situated underground. Upper floors contain exhibits related to pop culture, music, sports and art up to the present day.

Photograph by Mark Herboth
National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, Georgia
Built in Atlanta in 2014, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights is covered in multi-coloured panels designed to represent skin tones. Two slanted walls are divided by a glass curtain wall, which is an evocation of two hands coming together.
The Freelon Group designed the structure with firm HOK to be a centre that honours the past, present...
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