Phil Freelon

Kea Professor
Kea Distinguished Professor
Fall 2013
Founder and President
The Freelon Group

Phil Freelon is the founder and President of The Freelon Group, Inc. Under his direction, the firm has established a reputation for design excellence and outstanding professional service. With over 30 years of experience in project design and management, Phil ensures that each client receives maximum value from design concepts through construction and occupancy. Phil guides the firm’s museum and cultural center work, establishing programmatic and design direction while advancing each project forward to completion. He has led multi-faceted design teams on museum projects in Washington DC, Baltimore, MD, San Francisco, CA, Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta & Augusta, GA and Greensboro & Charlotte, NC.


Freelon's work has been published in national professional journals including Architecture, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, and Contract magazine where he was named Designer of the Year for 2008. Metropolis and Metropolitan Home magazines and the New York Times have also featured Freelon and the firm. His furniture design has been recognized nationally including first prize in the PPG Furniture Design Competition and design contract work with Herman Miller.


A native of Philadelphia, PA, Freelon earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree in Architecture from North Carolina State University and his Master of Architecture degree from MIT. Phil also received a Loeb Fellowship and spent a year of independent study at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at North Carolina State University’s College of Design and has been a visiting critic/lecturer at Harvard, MIT, the University of Maryland, Syracuse University, Auburn University, the University of Utah, the California College of the Arts, Kent State University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, among others. Phil is currently on the faculty at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning.


Freelon is a Peer Professional for the GSA’s Design Excellence Program and has served on numerous design award juries including the National AIA Institute Honor Awards jury and the National Endowment for the Arts Design Stewardship Panel. Phil is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED Accredited Professional and the 2009 recipient of the AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for Public architecture.


Phil Freelon will serve as the Fall 2013 Kea Distinguished Professor in the Architecture program.


This visiting professorship, funded by Paul H. and Grace Kea, has played an important part in the life of the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation by recognizing eminent practitioners and scholars. Kea Professors serve as critics and lecturers in the Architecture Program. They bring unique perspectives from practice and/or academia that enhance the academic experiences of students and faculty colleagues.