Phil Freelon


Design Director


+1 (919) 433-5325

As Design Director of the North Carolina practice, he leads both Perkins+Will North Carolina offices in RTP and Charlotte. Freelon comes to Perkins+Will as an important member of the firmwide leadership team and has joined the Board of Directors. He is also a key leader for the firm's cultural and civic practice.

Freelon’s design achievements include cultural, civic and academic projects for some of America’s most respected cultural institutions. He led the design team for the $500M Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and is the design architect for the National Center for Civil Rights in Atlanta. His portfolio also includes the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, Emancipation Park in Houston, multiple library projects for the DC Public Library System and the Durham County Human Services Complex.

He is an 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. In 2017, Freelon was named one of Fast Company’s most creative people in business. Phil is the founder of The Freelon Group, a Research Triangle Park, North Carolina-based firm that joined Perkins+Will in 2014.