Phil Freelon served as lead architect for the acclaimed National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. He is the design architect for award-winning museum and cultural projects including 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 serves as managing and design director of the North Carolina practice of Perkins+Will. Prior to joining that firm, he was founder and CEO of The Freelon Group. Freelon completed a bachelor’s degree in architecture at NC State, a master’s at M-I-T and a graduate fellowship at Harvard. He has served as a faculty member and lecturer at major universities. A native of Philadelphia, Freelon is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.