Phil Freelon (1953-2019)
Phil was one of the world’s most recognized and celebrated architects—known for his distinctly human-centered designs that empower the individual, educate the mind, and elevate the spirit.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Phil grew up surrounded by the visual and performing arts. As a young boy, he spent many hours in the studio of his grandfather, a Harlem Renaissance-era oil painter. And his parents regularly took him to cultural events, inspiring him and nurturing his passion for artistic self-expression.
Although he didn’t know any architects, Phil knew architecture was his calling. It spoke to his artistic sensibility, as well as his aptitude for mathematics and problem-solving. As he immersed himself in his practice, he quickly came to understand the awesome power design has to support life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—and he vowed to make that his life’s work.